TheESP – Ep. #256 – Bring On the Vaccines


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This week we start the new year with an update on the Swedish pandemic laws and recommend you check out the speech that András gave at Monterrey Skepticamp 2021. In skeptical history we celebrate the birth of Alfred Russel Wallace and Pontus pokes the Pope for ‘firing’ a Cardinal and an Archbishop. We get a Covid vaccine update and then we look at the news:

  • Swedish Skeptical Awards for 2020 – Enlightener and Confounderer of the year
  • Latest book by Edzard Ernst – in German
  • Edzard Ernst’s challenge unanswered by homeopaths
  • German pilot draws syringe on the map to remind everyone of the COVID-vaccine
  • Dramatic change in opinion – 71% of Swedes say they will vaccinate against covid

We finish with a Really Wrong Award going to the New York Times for thinking the UK are going to “mix-and-match” the different covid vaccines.

Enjoy!

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; This Week; Covid Update; News; Really Wrong; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

0:00:26 INTRO

0:00:50 GREETINGS

0:10:04 THIS WEEK IN SKEPTICISM

0:17:28 PONTUS POKES THE POPE

0:24:37 COVID UPDATE

0:34:04 NEWS

0:50:09 REALLY WRONG

0:55:57 QUOTE AND FAREWELL
“For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen. Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible. Mankind’s greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn’t have to be like this. Our greatest hopes could become reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking.”
/ Stephen Hawking (8 January 1942 – 14 March 2018), English theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author /

0:58:57 OUTRO

1:00:26 OUT-TAKES

TheESP – Ep. #241 – One Million Unanswered Prayers


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Pontus’ coming book

This week we first chat about András lending his voice acting skills to a sketch in the Skeptic Zone, Pontus teases the coming release of his sci-fi novel the Dooma and then we talk about the upcoming Italian CICAPFest. This year the conference takes place online for the three weeks(!) between 25 September and 18 October. There will be over 150 meetings and 185 speakers, and it will all be for free!
After that we get into the news:

  • No, dozens of countries didn’t order COVID-19 tests in 2018
  • Life on Venus?
  • Warmest summer ever for Northern hemisphere
  • The world’s troubling hotspots of vaccine hesitancy
  • NHS issued 2,000 homeopathic prescriptions in 2019 despite ban
  • A healthy diet more important than weight?
  • Ig Nobel Prizes 2020

The prize for being Really Wrong goes to Richard Gamble for “the Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer” near Birmingham, England.

Enjoy!

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; This Week; Pontus Pokes the Pope; News; Really Wrong; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

Events Calendar:https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

0:00:26 INTRO

0:00:53 GREETINGS

0:11:12 THIS WEEK IN HISTORY

0:15:29 PONTUS POKES THE POPE

0:21:52 COVID-19 Update

0:33:23 NEWS

1:03:14 REALLY WRONG

1:07:36 QUOTE AND FAREWELL
“An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes that can be made in his subject, and how to avoid them.”

/ Werner Karl Heisenberg (5 December 1901 – 1 February 1976). German physicist, Nobel laureate, and one of the founders of the field of quantum mechanics /

1:08:37 OUTRO

1:09:52 OUT-TAKES