This week we’re back to bring you news and info about a wide range of topics including Francis Bacon and his importance in the development of #science, how the ‘good pope’ John Paul II was a misogynist, why we admire the works of Sense about Science so much and how they came up with yet another campaign that deserves much attention (the ‘Evidence Hunter Activity Pack’), how facilitated communication is a thing in Sweden despite all the evidence that suggests it does not work at all, why we should be cautious with consuming #probiotics (thanks to Prof. Edzard Ernst for the heads up), plus Skepkon 2019, the German annual conference for skeptics organised by gwup | die skeptiker is coming up, while a Swedish acupuncturist is on trial for almost killing two patients and the county of Killarney in Ireland calls to remove #fluoride from drinking water, despite the lack of any indications that it could be harmful (while its benefits are many).
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; Pontus Pokes the Pope; News; Really Wrong; Farewell and Quote; Outro; Out-takes
Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe
00:04:33 This Week in Skepticism
Francis Bacon: English philosopher and Statesman, born on 22 January 1561.
00:09:54 Pontus Pokes the Pope
John Paul II once refused to shake Irish President’s hand because she was not a man, and Cardinal Arborelius threatens to leave Swedish Missionary Council because of abortions.
00:16:28 Skeptical News
UK: New educational material developed by Sense About Science: Evidence Hunter Activity Pack
SWEDEN: Facilitated communication
INTERNATIONAL: Probiotics are not risk free
GERMANY: Tickets released for SkepKon 2019
SWEDEN: Acupuncturist on trial for almost killing two customers
00:38:28 Really Wrong: IRELAND: Killarney Council wants to ban water flouridation
“If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.”