In this episode: ‘This week we bring you topics and news about SkepKon in Germany and the 38th Anniversary of the premier of Quark, Italy’s most famous science show hosted by Piero Angela.
Plus we talk about abuse in Poland by catholic priests and Pius XII being referred to as Hitler’s pope, how the supplement market is full of bogus claims, the Swedish National Library publishing the cost of accessing scientific studies, how the rise of both vaccine hesitancy and populism might be connected, an update on the state of the measles epidemic in Europe, the UK government promising a national strategy to tackle the lack of clinical trial reporting.
Plus, blasphemy laws accross Europe discussed after Femen protesters’ case hits the news in Spain.
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; Pontus Pokes the Pope; News; Really Wrong; Quote; Outro; Out-takes
Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe
- SkepKon – Now the lecture abstracts are online as well as the programme https://blog.gwup.net/2019/03/01/skepkon-2019-in-augsburg-die-vortragszusammenfassungen-sind-jetzt-online/
- Vaccine against Dengue fever in preliminary status: http://outbreaknewstoday.com/dengue-vaccine-passes-fda-advisory-committee-hurdle-69527/
00:08:26 This Week in Skepticism
Italian science program Quark, hosted by CICAP founder Piero Angela, premiered March 18, 1981.
- https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quark_(programma_televisivo) (in Italian)
- https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superquark#Stagione_2018 (in Italian)
00:13:53 Pontus Pokes the Pope
Abuse in Poland and Hitler’s Pope
00:20:38 Skeptical News
INTERNATIONAL: Most of the supplement market is bogus
SWEDEN: Swedish National Library publishes the cost of accessing scientific studies
INTERNATIONAL: Populist politics and vaccine hesitancy in Western Europe: an analysis of national-level data
INTERNATIONAL: Measles update:
- FRANCE: Almost 300 cases of measles so far in 2019, 90% of the cases involved non-vaccinated persons
- ICELAND: All four measles cases were unvaccinated
- UKRAINE: Vaccination rate for newborn babies was 54 per cent in 2018; 24000 cases already in 2019
UK: Government promises national strategy to boost clinical trial reporting
00:42:16 Really Wrong
Blasphemy in Spain: Appeal court overturns acquittal of Femen protesters
00:49:11 Quote and Goodbye
“The search to know has always been characterized by the need to doubt, the need to be critical, including the need to be self-critical.”
/Gerhard Casper, German-born professor, former president of Stanford University/