TheESP – Ep. #151 – Newton’s birthday, the Pope’s promise, CICAP’s new chapter & Xmas in Sweden


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Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; Pontus Pokes the Pope; News; Skeptical Christmas Songs; Farewell and Quote; Outro; Out-takes

Show Notes:
00:00:00 Intro

00:00:28 Greetings

00:06:36 This Week in Skepticism

  • Sir Isaac Newton (25 December 1642), brilliant figure of science and a keen alchemist.

00:12:29 Pontus Pokes the Pope

Pope: Church Will ‘Never Again’ Cover Up Clergy Sex Abuse.

00:19:13 Skeptical News from around Europe

  1. Italy: A new chapter of CICAP
  2. Ukraine: Measles epidemic is still here
  3. Spain: Spanish chiropractors fear for their jobs
  4. Sweden: Christmas is NOT renamed ‘Winter Celebration’

00:28:38 Skeptical Christmas Songs

00:29:17 Quote

“We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances. To this purpose the philosophers say that Nature does nothing in vain, and more is in vain when less will serve; for Nature is pleased with simplicity, and affects not the pomp of superfluous causes.”
1st rule (of 4) of scientific reasoning
/Isaac Newton, The Principia: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy (1687), 3rd edition (1726)/

00:32:09 Outro

00:33:23 Out-takes

Episode #105 – Smallpox, fake news and the Taoiseach is a coward

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In our final episode for 2017 we look back at a skeptical year in Europe. We talk about smallpox, how measles continues to spread and how a prominent skeptic becomes head of the Swedish Royal Academy of Science. We also look into Facebook’s new attempt to fight fake news, how peer review punishes poor research and how Christmas decorations being removed in Italy has nothing to do with muslims.
Lastly the Taoiseach in Ireland failes to take a stand against Scientology, and for that he is Really Wrong.

Intro; Greetings; The Week in Skepticism; News; Farewell; Outro; Outtakes

Show Notes:

00:00:28 Greetings
Review of 2017 in Europe:

00:16:29 This Week in Skepticism: The Smallpox Retention Controversy

21:39 Skeptical News

00:43:21 Quote
“The one real goal of education is to leave a person asking questions.”
MAX BEERBOHM, British Critic, Essayist, and Caricaturist

00:47:21: Outro

00:48:36: Outtakes

Episode #104 – Pre-Holidays show with Gleb Tsipursky and David Fitzgerald

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On this episode:

On our pre-holidays show we welcome Jelena back after a bit of a hiatus, then Pontus corrects himself before we turn our skeptical ears towards fellow skeptics Dr. Gleb Tsipursky and David Fitzgerald who talk about the Pro-Truth Pledge and why Jesus probably never existed, respectively. We then finish with possibly the most relevant song about Christmas, written and performed by George Hrab.
Hope you’ll enjoy the show. Happy holidays, everyone!
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Intro; Greetings; Interviews; Farewell; Song; Outro

Show notes:

INTRO music


Interview with Dr. Gleb Tsipursky about the Pro-Truth Pledge and why it is important

Interview with David Fitzgerald, atheist activist and author of the books “Jesus mything in action” and “Nailed”. We talk about why Jesus might have never existed  

Links to David Fitzgerald books




A song by George Hrab “I don’t believe in Christmas” 




Episode #054 – Christmas

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This is a Christmas-themed episode with even a few events to talk about. Check it out!

Intro; Greetings & Feedback; What’s On In Europe?

Show notes:
INTRO music

Greetings & feedback

What’s On In Europe?

Really Wrong
AI vs people in writing Christmas songs and poems
Artificial Intelligence Christmas song by University of Toronto

True or False?