Episode #002, feat. Catherine de Jong


Interview with the Chair of the Dutch Association Against Quackery and board member of the European Council of Skeptical Organisations (ECSO)
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:
INTRO music

Introduction and greetings

Listener feedback

Overview of the podcast

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

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

Interview with Catherine de Jong, chair of VtdK and board member of ECSO

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

Logical Fallacies: Hasty Generalization

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

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


“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/