TheESP – Ep. #148 – Antonia de Oñate, Psuedoscience and Brexit fake news


Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; Pontus Pokes the Pope; Interview with Antonia de Oñate; News; Really Wrong; Farewell and Quote; Outro; Out-takes

Show Notes:
00:00:55 Greetings

This week we first hear about John Tyndall who understood climate change over a 100 years ago and talk about how Francis get things wrong while in Poland.
We then have a short catch up with Spanish skeptical activist Antonia de Oñate, before we dig into the regular news. In here we learn about homeopathy getting a beating in both Hungary and Austria, about a Swedish quack who is also a sex offender, a pro-vaccine campaign in Italy and a rather depressing measles update.
At the end the Daily Mail gets a Really Wrong Award for spreading fake Brexit news.

00:05:14 This Week in Skepticism

John Tyndall (2 August 1820 – 4 December 1893) who had discovered the molecular basis of the greenhouse effect

00:08:44  Pontus Pokes the Pope

In this edition of PPP Pontus talks about how Francis goes to Poland, blames children for cancer and gays for pedophilia.

00:14:44 Interview with Antonia de Oñate

00:31:32 Skeptical News from around Europe

  • Hungary: New proposal from the Department of Health to strike homeopathy off the national register of drugs

  • Sweden: Swedish “Kinesiologist” sentenced for sexual abuse

  • Austria: The end of homeopathy in the medical school of University of Vienna

  • World: Ginger: 10,000 times more effective at killing cancer cells than conventional drugs?

  • Italia: Italian govt running TV ads in favour of vaccination

  • World: Measles update

00:53:00 Really Wrong

  • The Really Wrong: Daily Mail fake news: German children banned by EU from sending letters to Santa

00:57:54 Quote

“The danger to society is not merely that it should believe wrong things, though that is great enough; but that it should become credulous, and lose the habit of testing things and inquiring into them; for then it must sink back into savagery.”
/ William Kingdon Clifford /

01:00:06 Outro

01:01:21 Out-takes

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