Episode #003, feat. Michael Marshall

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Interview with Michael Marshall, project director at the Good Thinking Society, co-founder of the Merseyside Skeptics Society and co-host of its official podcast, ‘Skeptics with a K’.
 
Segments:
Intro; Listener feedback; What’s on in Europe?; On this day; What’s new in Europe?; Interview with Michael Marshall; Logical Fallacies; Interview with Martin Poulter; Really Wrong; Quote
 
Show notes and segment details:
00:00:00
INTRO music
 
00:00:24
Introduction and greetings
 
00:00:54
Listener feedback
 
00:07:27
Overview of the podcast
 
00:10:09
What’s on in Europe:
  1. 21st National Conference of Skeptics (Székesfehérvár, Hungary, 14/11/2015) 
  2. ComCeptCon 2015 (Porto, Portugal, 21/11/2015)
  3. 2nd Skeptic Society Conference (Moscow, Russia, 28-29/11/2015)
00:15:21
On This Day – Born on 16th Dec: Arthur C Clarke
00:18:19
What’s new in Europe?
  1. 10 smartest countries in the world
  2. Polio in Ukraine
  3. 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in Paris
  4. Anthroposophical homeopathic “remedies” gets special treatment in Sweden
00:40:42
Interview with Michael Marshall, project director of the Good Thinking Society, co-founder of the Merseyside Skeptics Society and co-host of its official podcast, ‘Skeptics with a K’
01:11:26
Logical Fallacies: Argument from popularity
01:17:02
Interview with Martin Poulter, Wikimedian in Residence at the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford and convenor of Wikipedia Science Conference held in London in September 2015
01:27:23
Really Wrong: Norwegian Government initiative to plant trees against climate change
01:33:01
Quote
“Humanity needs practical men, who get the most out of their work, and, without forgetting the general good, safeguard their own interests. But humanity also needs dreamers, for whom the disinterested development of an enterprise is so captivating that it becomes impossible for them to devote their care to their own material profit. 
Without doubt, these dreamers do not deserve wealth, because they do not desire it. Even so, a well-organized society should assure to such workers the efficient means of accomplishing their task, in a life freed from material care and freely consecrated to research.”
 
/Marie Skłodowska Curie/
 
01:34:59
Outro
 
01:36:25
Out-takes

Episode #002, feat. Catherine de Jong

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Interview with the Chair of the Dutch Association Against Quackery and board member of the European Council of Skeptical Organisations (ECSO)
 
Segments:
Intro; Listener feedback; On this day; What’s new in Europe?; Interview with Catherine de Jong; FAQ to Skeptics; Logical Fallacies; Really Wrong; True or False; Quote
 
Show notes and segment details:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:30
Introduction and greetings

00:00:56
Listener feedback

00:05:28
Overview of the podcast

00:06:54
On This Day – Born on 2nd Dec: German-American molecular biologist and HIV/AIDS denialist, Peter H. Duesberg

00:12:21
What’s new in Europe?

  1. The status of Scientology in the Netherlands and elsewhere
  2. John Maddox Prize awarded to Prof. Susan Jebb and Prof. Edzard Ernst
  3. Hungarian Academy of Sciences endorses the idea of homeopathic remedies to be tested as rigorously before getting onto the market as real drugs are (follow-up on a similar statement from the Royal Sweedish Academy of Sciences earlier this year).
  4. British government to re-consider putting homeopathic remedies on a “blacklist” remedies by the NHS

00:29:02
Interview with Catherine de Jong, chair of VtdK and board member of ECSO

00:48:32
FAQ to Skeptics: “Skepticism is nothing else but a belief system”

00:50:42
Logical Fallacies: Hasty Generalization

00:52:38
Really Wrong: Dr Batra’s Positive Health Clinic opens its first homeopathic store in the UK with no evidence for their claims.

00:57:20
True or False

  1. New scientist reports: you can Store data in your body without cyborg modification
  2. Singapore megachurch leaders sentenced to jail for pop music fraud
  3. Scientists may have accidentally found a potential cure for cancer … using malaria

01:04:58

Quote
“The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”
/Neil deGrasse Tyson/

01:06:30
Outro

01:08:20
Out-takes

Episode #001, feat. Gábor Hraskó

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Interview with the Chairman of The European Council of Skeptical Organisations (ECSO)
Segments:
Intro; On this day; What’s new in Europe; Interview with Gábor Hraskó; FAQ to Skeptics; Logical Fallacies; Really Wrong; True or False; Quote
Show notes and segment details:
00:00:00
INTRO music
 
00:00:30
Introduction and greetings
 
00:00:58
Why are we doing this?
 
00:02:01
Introduction of the hosts and how the podcast came to life
 
00:09:08
Overview of the podcast
 
00:10:53
On This Day – 18 Nov: Birth of Георгий Богданович Кистяковский (aka George Bogdanovich Kistiakowsky), Ukranian-American Physicist
 
00:12:53
What’s new in Europe:
00:22:58
Interview with Gábor Hraskó, chairman of ECSO
00:44:04
FAQ to Skeptics: Are Skeptics against freedom of choice?
00:45:26
Logical Fallacies: The Slippery Slope argument
 
00:48:40
Really Wrong: Norwegian “Expert” claims that salmon are pigs
 
00:51:33
True or False
  1. Vatican buys largest gay sauna: http://heavy.com/news/2013/03/vatican-purchases-europes-largest-gay-sauna/
  2. Dogs poo home delivery: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/07/world/europe/a-special-delivery-of-sorts-to-warn-dog-owners-in-spain.html
  3. Russian orthodox priest suit: http://ari.ru/ari/2014/01/16/v-rossii-razrabotali-skafandr-svyashchennika-dlya-poletov-v-kosmos (in Russian)
01:01:12
Quote
“A famous bon mot asserts that opinions are like arse-holes, in that everyone has one. There is great wisdom in this… but I would add that opinions differ significantly from arse-holes, in that yours should be constantly and thoroughly examined. We must think critically, and not just about the ideas of others. Be hard on your beliefs. Take them out onto the verandah and beat them with a cricket bat…. Be intellectually rigorous. Identify your biases, your prejudices, your privilege.” 
/Tim Minchin/
 
01:03:03
Outro