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TheESP – Ep. #193 – Global Vaccination Summit w Ovidiu Covaciu

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This week we have a very interesting catch up with Ovidiu Covaciu who attended the International Global Vaccination Summit organised by the European Commission and the WHO. But before that we celebrate that Jelena singlehandedly (well, not really) made sure that the new Center for Population Health in her home city of Seattle was dedicated to Dr. Hans Rosling, the Swedish professor and science communicator. We also talk about how Pope John Paul II this week in 1996 admitted that evolution probably has some merits to it after all. That doesn’t necessarily mean he liked it much.
After the interview we poke the pope with some more Amazon news and the hilarious innovations of the Vatican to make use of modern technology. Yes, it’s the eRosary™, that nifty device we’ve all been waiting for! It connects to your phone via Bluetooth and send those Hail Marys to the heavens above at the flick of the wrist (literally).
In the news we find another win for the Good Thinking Society against Peter Popoff, we anticipate the yearly ComceptCon skeptical event in Portugal and go through how the Swedish Skeptics was invited by the government to give their opinion on the coming CAM-regulations. Then we go to Spain where the Spanish Skeptics at ARP-SAPC join others to fight the dangerous idea of Bio-Neuro Emotion.
We finish off with handing out a Really Wrong award to the Polish ‘Law and Justice’ party that has passed a law that says sex education for kids is a form of paedophilia. Really, they said that.
Oh, and there’s a surprise coming for our most faithful patrons – you can join them if you want to!
Enjoy!

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; This Week; Interview; Pontus Pokes the Pope; News; Really Wrong; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

Events Calendar: http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

0:00:27 Intro

0:00:51 Greetings

The University of Washington in Seattle, basically on Jelena’s backyard, has dedicated their new building for the Center of Population Health to Dr. Hans Rosling, and we couldn’t be happier about it.

0:04:29 This Week in Skepticism

Pope John Paul II famously admitted that evolution makes sense on 22 October 1996. Better late than never!

0:08:26 Interview with Ovidiu Covaciu

Ovidiu Covaciu, the great Romanian vaccination champion, made sure he was invited to the Global Vaccination Summit in Brussels, organised by the European Commission and the WHO. We get a first hand report on what he told them that they should do!

0:28:29 Pontus Pokes the Pope – more on the Amazon, plus Praying via Bluetooth

The Vatican makes hilarious efforts to stay relevant in the age of ‘the Internets and all that’. Meet the eRosary, your hotline to God!

0:33:35 News

UK: Ofcom fines Ben TV £25,000 for Peter Popoff infomercials

PORTUGAL: ComceptCon 2019

SWEDEN: The Swedish Skeptics (aka VoF) has as requested by the government given their opinion on suggested changes to CAM regulation

SPAIN: ARP-SAPC (Spanish Skeptics) joins the request that the College of Physicians of Murcia stop the activity entitled “A course of miracles”

00:49:09 Really Wrong: To the Polish ‘Law and Justice’ party for passing a law that criminalizes sex education for kids and says it is a form of paedophilia 

00:52:16 Quote and Farewell

“The one real goal of education is to leave a person asking questions.”

/ Max Beerbohm, 24 August 1872 – 20 May 1956. English essayist, parodist and caricaturist /

00:53:59 Outro

00:55:14 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #190 – Richard Wiseman and Shoot for the Moon

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This week we first have a brief follow-up on German Health Minister Jens Spahn’s failure do defund bogus homeopathy and how the IHN (Informationsnetzwerk Homöopathie) has published an open letter to the minister explaining why he is wrong not to chance the rules. You can all go sign it! We also mention the Swedish Skeptics’ (VoF) successful participation in the Gothenburg International Book Fair.

The main segment of this episode is an interview with the marvelous Richard Wiseman, where he tells all about his latest book Shoot for the Moon. András was fortunate enough to catch up with him in Edinburgh and the book tells the fascinating story about how a very young, but passionate team, came together under Apollo 11 and were instrumental in putting Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon. Richard has coined the phrase ‘Apollo Mindset’ to describe how the team spirit they developed was key in making sure that Apollo 11 was the fantastic success it was. The book also discusses how we may all learn from the Apollo program to apply a little #ApolloMindset on our own, more down-to-earth projects.

Enjoy!

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; Interview; Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

Events Calendar: http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

0:00:27 Intro

0:00:48 Greetings

The INH (Informationsnetzwerk Homöopathie) is challenging last week’s Really Wrong recipient, Jens Spahn! You shouls sign at: https://netzwerk-homoeopathie.info/en/offener-brief-an-gesundheitsminister-spahn-zur-fortgeltung-der-erstattung-von-homoeopathie-in-der-gkv/

Also a big shout-out the Swedish Skeptics (aka VoF) and their success at Gothenburg International Book Fair.

0:05:36 Interview with Richard Wiseman

0:31:18 Farewell

0:34:02 Outro

0:35:17 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #173 – The ‘Tender Pope’, Homeopathy and SkepKon interviews

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This week we catch up a bit regarding VoF (the Swedish skeptics) and talk about a new Manifesto against pseudoscientific treatments. We also get a bit nostalgic about a UK referendum about Europe – in 1975.
Then we get two interviews from SkepKon by our special correspondent on the ground, Annika Merkelbach. We check in with Francis who has been in Romania and also apparently is happy to cultivate his future legacy as the ‘tender’ pope.
Sense About Science calls for volunteers for their Evidence Week, Amazon, Facebook and Youtube take a stance against MMS (Miracle Mineral Solution) and other dangerous nonsense, and University of Vienna makes an effort to repair its past endorsement of homeopathy. More news about Natalie Grams and the totally bogus legal threat she is facing and also that her organisation, Homeopathy Information Network, has launched a repository of excellent information in English.
The fake cancer drug Rigvir has now been de-registered by the State Agency of Medicines (ZVA), but some forces are still pushing for continued distribution. In Belgium, a consumer protection organisation speaks up against homeopathy, and then we end by giving a Really Wrong award to Keele University for keeping a an anti-vaxxer and bad researcher on their payroll.

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; Interviews from SkepKon; Pontus Pokes the Pope; News; Really Wrong; Quote; Outro; Out-takes

Events Calendar: http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

00:00:27 Intro

00:00:50 Greetings

Some catching up regarding VoF, aka the Swedish Skeptics who will have a tent at Järvaveckan in Stockholm 12-13 June. If you’re in the neighborhood you should come and say hi!
We also welcome the initiative to a new European manifesto against pseudoscientific ‘treatments’ and we urge everyone to sign it.

00:13:39 This Week in Skepticism

6 June 1975: UK embraces Europe in referendum, putting “the uncertainty behind us” regarding the Common Market. Ooh, if only!

00:15:55 SkepKon interviews, by Annika Merkelbach

Two interviews from SkepKon by our special on-site reporter, Annika Merkelbach. This week we here from Dr. Claudia Preis (@PCandlovingit) and Philip Schunke (@pschunke)

00:24:06 Pontus Pokes the Pope

Frankie has been on a PR-tour in Romania. He is also preparing his future legacy as the ‘tender’ Pope (sounds yummy!).

00:28:28 Skeptical News

UK: Evidence Week

INTERNATIONAL Amazon, Facebook and YouTube Take Action against Health Misinformation

AUSTRIA: Medical University of Vienna makes progress in teaching medical students about SCAM

GERMANY: Update on last week’s news about Natalie Grams

GERMANY: INH launched a renewed website

LATVIA: Rigvir is de-registered but the circus is not over yet

BELGIUM: Belgian consumer protection organisation speaks up against homeopathy

00:48:53 Really Wrong

To Keele University for allowing a UK Professor who is linking vaccinations to autism to raise money through their funding portal.

00:53:44 Quote and Goodbye
“Science … warns me to be careful how I adopt a view which jumps with my preconceptions, and to require stronger evidence for such belief than for one to which I was previously hostile. My business is to teach my aspirations to conform themselves to fact, not to try and make facts harmonise with my aspirations.”
/Thomas Henry Huxley, British biologist and a prominent defender of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection/

00:55:28 Outro

00:56:43 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #153 – New year resolutions, dating the World and standing up for Science

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Two weeks into the new year, our first episode of 2019 is finally hear and we can only hope it was worth the wait.
With the whole team together again, we are bringing you topics related to the New Year, including resolutions and hangovers, plus some science history and how James Ussher determined the age of the world (incorrectly), how Pope Francis tries to talk about families when the church is in turmoil over sex abuse scandals, a design company standing up for science in Italy, where the resigning head of the National Institute of Health slams the anti-science government, organ donation becoming opt-out in Ireland, Natalie Grams getting a nomination for the Golden Blogger award with her Twitter account, a new petition to sue French government over inaction on Climate change, Edzard Ernst‘s new book SCAM coming out in German, a new Spanish award for standing up for Science, an update on Measles and Vetenskap och Folkbildning announcing winners of the Enlightener and Bewilderer of the Year awards.

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; Pontus Pokes the Pope; News; Really Wrong; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

Show Notes:

00:00:00 Intro

00:00:27 Greetings

00:16:08 This week in Skepticism

00:24:09 Pontus Pokes the Pope
The (52nd) “World day of Peace”

00:28:01 Skeptical News

00:51:42 Really Wrong

SWEDEN: Bewilderer of the year 2018: Thomas Erikson
https://www.vof.se/blogg/arets-folkbildare-och-forvillare-2018/

00:57:39 Quote and Farewell

00:59:35 Outro

01:00:48 Out-takes

TheESP – EP. #129 – Amina Manzoor

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On this Episode:

We talk to leading science and medical reporter Amina Manzoor at the largest Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN). Amina Manzoor fights the good fight in the media to spread an objective and fair view on health myths, alternative “medicine” and she reports on new scientific studies in a popular way. And it works! The readers are interacting and interested!

Together with her colleague Maria Gunther, Amina recieved the Swedish Skeptics’ “Enlightener of the Year” award for 2016.

Among the topics that comes up are Anti-gluten myths, Chronic Lyme Decease, Fake news, Bad PR and Quacks in Mexico

Please also check out our event page at http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; Interview; Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

Show notes:

00:00:07: INTRO

00:00:29: Greetings

00:02:32: Interview with Amina Manzoor

00:46:33: Farewell

00:49:49: Outro

00:51:04: Out-takes

Episode #121 – Dan Katz and Cognitive Behavioral Theory

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On this Episode:

We talk to Swedish renowned Psychologist and Skeptic, Dan Katz. Dan specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and has a very cool book out which is on its way to be translated into several languages: “The Lizard in Your Head”. He is also a member of the Swedish Skeptics (aka VoF)

Please also check out our event page at http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; Interview; Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

Show notes:

00:00:07: INTRO

00:00:35: Greetings

00:02:09: Interview with Dan Katz

00:45:55: Farewell

00:50:29: Outro

00:51:44: Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #107 – Memories & predictions, LSD, disease outbreak prevention & animal brothels

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This week we make predictions regarding upcoming books by Edzard Ernst, talk about the future of fact-checking, discuss the works of Peter Boghosian, remember the father of LSD Albert Hofmann, then go on to our news items including the wrong-doings of Paolo Macchiarini, the measles epidemic in Sweden, the latest Swedish Skeptic Awards, how Facebook could be used to prevent disease outbreaks, the ‘Turmeric story’, Psiram the German wiki of irrational believes turns 10, year review of Retraction Watch, a book review on Science Based Medicine, The Conservative Tribune spreading misinformation about migration and ‘aminal brothels’. We finish with an important quote from Galileo Galilei.

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; The Week in Skepticism; News; Farewell; Outro; Outtakes

Show Notes:

00:00:28 Greetings

Edzard Ernst to release two books this year:

Peter Boghossian’s and James Lindsay’s Conceptual penis controversy:

00:20:09 This Week in Skepticism

Creator of LSD Albert Hoffman was born on 11 January 1906

00:27:25 Skeptical News

  • SWEDEN:Macchiarini may be prosecuted after all – twice!

https://www.dn.se/nyheter/sverige/macchiarinis-operationer-ska-granskas-igen/ https://www.dn.se/nyheter/sverige/lansstyrelsen-anmaler-macchiarini-for-djurplageri/

  • SWEDEN:Measles epidemic far from over in Sweden

https://omni.se/ledare-stor-skandal-att-bebisar-har-utsatts/a/6nkz6W https://www.sydsvenskan.se/2018-01-03/vardpersonal-ska-fa-vaccin-mot-masslingen https://www.sydsvenskan.se/2018-01-03/ytterligare-ett-masslingsfall–13-smittad

  • SWEDEN:Swedish Skeptics awards for 2017

http://www.vof.se/blogg/arets-folkbildare-och-forvillare-2017/

  • INTERNATIONAL: Facebook could stop disease outbreaks?

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-facebook-disease-outbreak.html http://rsif.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/15/138/20170783

  • UK:“The cancer industry is a medical conspiracy against humanity” (The Turmeric story)

http://edzardernst.com/2018/01/the-cancer-industry-is-a-medical-conspiracy-against-humanity-the-turmeric-story/

http://casereports.bmj.com/content/2017/bcr-2016-218148.full

  • GERMANY: Psiram, the German wiki of irrational belief is 10 years old

https://blog.gwup.net/2017/12/28/zehn-jahre-psiram/

https://www.psiram.com

  • INTERNATIONAL: Retraction Watch in review for 2017

http://retractionwatch.com/2017/12/29/2017-retraction-watch-year-review-hint-database-nearly-done/

http://retractiondatabase.org/(X(1)S(trnfzk5z331gydcynym02pqc))/RetractionSearch.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

  • INTERNATINAL: (BOOK) Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions

https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/rigor-mortis-whats-wrong-with-medical-science-and-how-to-fix-it/

00:55:36 Really Wrong:

ConservativeTribune.com spreading misinformation about migration

01:03:30 Quote
“I have never met a man so ignorant that I could not learn something from him.” /Galileo Galilei/

01:06:08 Outro

01:07:22 Outtakes

Episode #079

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This week we talk about Swedish Skeptics treating their members to 15 tickets to the European Skeptics Congress and how we were interviewed by Skeptical Inquiry before we talk about the famous Oxford Evolution debate. Then we dive into skeptical news around Europe talking about homeopathy being debunked (which does not impress the Homeopathic World Congress), The Good Thinking Society, antivax-sentiments in Italy and Switzerland, mistletoe therapy in Austria, Chinese medicine in Hungary, 30 years of skepticism in Spain, Brian Dunnings new film Principles of Curiosity and how the EU Court of Justice believes science can be ruled on in courts.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; This Week in Skepticism; Skeptical News; Really Wrong; Quote

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:27
Greetings & feedback

  1. VoF (Swedish Skeptics) to have a ticket lottery for members to the ESC 2017
  2. The ESP interviewed for Skeptical Inquiry
  3. If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

00:07:45
This Week in Skepticism
The Oxford Evolution debate (30th June 1860)

00:17:44
Skeptical News

  1. INTERNATIONAL: Homeopathy – no need for further discussion
  2. GERMANY: Homeopathy World Congress in Leipzig
  3. UK: Have your say on NHS homeopathy funding in Enfield
  4. GERMANY: German BPI’s stance on homeopathy
  5. ITALY: People on the streets over mandatory vaccination in Italy?
  6. SWITZERLAND: Vaxxed goes to Switzerland
  7. AUSTRIA: Misteltoe therapy on public health provider in Austria?
  8. HUNGARY: Hungarian government funding the launch of a Traditional Chinese Medicine institution at a prestigious medical university
  9. SPAIN: ARP-SAPC – 30 years of skeptical activism
  10. INTERNATIONAL: Principles of Curiosity is out

00:41:53
Really Wrong:

EU Court of Justice

00:48:14
Skeptical Ads

00:49:30
Quote

“Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. I have only begun to learn content and peace of mind since I have resolved at all risks to do this.”
/Thomas Henry Huxley, British Biologist/

00:50:32
Outro

00:51:47
Out-takes