On this week’s episode we talk about the antivax movement and what we can do about it, then move on to talking about Derren Brown’s work, whether fortune tellers will be out of Hungarian mainstream TV any time soon, what the problem is with the simplification of science, how Natural News got removed from Google’s indexes, what happened #LastNightInSweden, how some of the reportings of rape attacks in Germany turned out to be fake and a Hungarian quack that finally got convicted.
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Intro; Greetings & Feedback; This Week in Skepticism; Skeptical News; Logical Fallacy; Really Wrong; Quote
Greetings & feedback
- European Network of Science Centres and Museums: From Ear Candling to Trump: Science Communication in the Post-Truth World
This Week in Skepticism
Derren Brown British mentalist and illusionist (born 27th February 1971)
- A new attempt to kick fortune tellers out of mainstream media in Hungary
- Index.hu: Are fortune tellers really being kicked out of mainstream media? (in Hungarian)
- How science being ‘too easy’ can lead to problems with science communication as experts are being ignored
- Times Higher Education: Public more likely to ignore experts if science is too easy: study
- Public Understanding of Science: When science becomes too easy: Science popularization inclines laypeople to underrate their dependence on experts
- Did Google put Natural News on ‘Black List’?
- Trump points to terrorist attack in Sweden that has not happened
- Independent: Donald Trump appears to invent Sweden terror attack during Florida rally speech
- Government Offices of Sweden: Facts about migration and crime in Sweden
- Reports in mass sexual assault in Frankfurt turn out to be based on no credible evidence
- Hungarian quack convicted over treating cancer patients
- Index.hu: Suspended inprisonment sentence for quack over treatment of cancer patients (in Hungarian)
Appeal to the stone (Argumentum ad lapidem)
Polish Minister of Health Konstanty Radziwill for claiming that smog is not a priority health issue in Poland.
Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (Facebook page)
“The essence of the scientific method is that it deals with problems as such and thus it seeks solutions, without prejudice or chauvinism. The question we ask is not who’s right, but what the truth is.”
/Albert Szent-Györgyi, Hungarian biochemist and Nobel laureate/