TheESP – Ep. #244 – Go Women in Science!

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This week we start by celebrating that several women received the Nobel Prize this year. Well deserved and a good trend! We also look at the latest Global warming news delivered by Copernicus. We may need to find another planet to live on… In this week in history we get nostalgic about QED which was supposed to happen this week, but hey, we have many fond memories from previous years to look back on!

Then we dive into the news:

  • New pre-bunking online game GoViral to be used to counter COVID-misinformation
  • Surveys in different countries reveal many young people lack basic knowledge about the Holocaust
  • Homeopathy no longer exclusive to pharmacies in Norway
  • Latest attempts to legitimize homeopathy in Austria
  • 46% of Hungarians would not get vaccinated against COVID
  • The most compelling evidence for the existence of Nessie yet?
  • Most ambitious climate law voted on by European Parliament
  • EarthShot Prize for solutions to global climate issues

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

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

0:00:27 INTRO

0:00:52 GREETINGS

0:11:14 THIS WEEK IN HISTORY

0:15:01 NEWS

0:53:02 REALLY WRONG

0:59:41 RADIO SPOTS

1:02:00 QUOTE AND FAREWELL
“Those who fall in love with practice without science are like a sailor who enters a ship without a helm or a compass, and who never can be certain whither he is going.”
/ Leonardo da Vinci (14/15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519), Italian polymath of the High Renaissance /

1:03:22 OUTRO
1:04:37 OUT-TAKES

TheESP – Ep. #243 – Belgian Skeptics Sued!


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This week we start by urging you to register nominations for the Ockham Awards, handled by The Skeptic. The deadline is 31 October. That’s the same date that Skepsis in the Netherlands will hold their full day ‘Skepsis Congress 2020’, check it out!

Then we chat to Patrick Vermeren, who together with fellow skeptic Bart Van de Ven, is sued for defamation(!) by Carl Van de Velde, the multimillionaire behind the ‘Opleidingsinstituut’. Despite losing in the first instance Van de Velde has appealed and there is a fundraiser in support of our friends. No on Poking of Francis this week in Pontus’ absence, instead move directly to the news:

  • Extinction denial is the new thing. UN Summit on biodiversity addressed that, too
  • German Order of Merit goes to…
  • New prosecution in Macchiarini case
  • Landmark study of 1.7 million women – HPV vaccine better at preventing cervical cancer than previously thought
  • Is the EU cheating in net-zero emissions plans?
  • Dutch Cancer Society gets Master Kackadoris Prize

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Segments:
Intro; Greetings; Interview; This Week; News; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

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

0:00:26 INTRO

0:00:51 GREETINGS

0:07:45 INTERVIEW, PATRICK VERMEREN

0:23:05 THIS WEEK IN HISTORY

0:32:18 NEWS

1:02:34 QUOTE AND FAREWELL
“Physics is to be regarded not so much as the study of something a priori given, but rather as the development of methods of ordering and surveying human experience. In this respect our task must be to account for such experience in a manner independent of individual subjective judgement and therefore objective in the sense that it can be unambiguously communicated in ordinary human language.”

/ Niels Bohr (7 October 1885 – 18 November 1962). Danish physicist, Nobel Laureate/

1:03:44 OUTRO

TheESP – Ep. #220 – A crazy world of COVIDcidences


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This week, in the absence of Jelena, Annika Harrison joins us to bring you news and curiosities from all over Europe.
We start by mentioning Pontus guest-hosting The Skeptic Zone with Richard Saunders, then move on to discuss what an idiot Trump is and how Satanic Ritual Abuse is on the rise in Germany.
Annika then investigates whether women are indeed better leaders with special regards to how they cope in the time of the pandemic.
Then the Vatican’s Rosary App is looked into as a tool to engage catholic believers while the church has really nothing to offer in this crisis.
In the news:
– Some businesses to reopen in Germany, including churches while schools remain closed
– The European Medicines Agency (EMA) warns people not to self-medicate with chloroquine and its derivatives to avoid serious side effects
– YouTube seems incapable of keeping 5G-Corona conspiracy theory videos at bay
– A new survey suggests UK public supports a long lockdown
– Yet another crucial WHO action as experts assess the situation in Belarus
– ARP-SAPC in Spain offers Sergio Lopez Borgonoz Research Grant for paranormal investigators
– Distorted reports of a survey commissioned by the German Association of Homeopathic Doctors
– 5G tower burnings and halts to rollout of new systems all over Europe
– Wind turbine noise shown not to cause any adverse health effects in Finland
– New book by Spanish author Ramon Nogueras ‘Why We Believe in Shit’ out (in Spanish)
– Edzard Ernst shares a story of a homeopathy-induced rib fracture.
The UK Ministry of Defence gets this week’s prize for being Really Wrong for buying lemon eucalyptus oil insect repellant as COVID-19 protection.

Enjoy!

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

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

0:00:27 INTRO

0:00:50 GREETINGS

0:11:17 Annika Investigates

Are women leaders really doing a better job than men in tackling the Coronavirus crisis?

0:23:56 PONTUS POKES THE POPE
Lord praise the app!

0:28:23 NEWS

  1. GERMANY: Some businesses (and churches reopen), but there are concerns
  2. EU/HUNGARY: EU intervention to stop people self medicating with malaria drugs
  3. UK: YouTube cannot handle the 5G corona conspiracy theories
  4. UK: New survey suggests UK public supports a long lockdown
  5. BELARUS: WHO expert mission recommends physical distancing measures as COVID-19 virus transmits in the community
  6. SPAIN: Sergio Lopez Borgonoz Research Grant for investigating paranormal and pseudoscientific claims
  7. GERMANY: Two thirds of all Germans are stupid … at least this is what the ‘German Association of Homeopathic Doctors’ seems to assume
  8. EU: More 5G tower burnings and an international movement to stop rollout
  9. FINLAND: Wind turbine noise not the cause of health symptoms
  10. SPAIN: New book out by Ramon Nogueras: ‘Why We Believe in Shit” and online book launch event
  11. UK: First even homeopathy-induced rib fracture – told by Edzard Ernst

1:06:58 REALLY WRONG
UK Ministry of Defense buys lemon eucalyptus oil insect repellant as Covid-19 protection

1:10:29 QUOTE AND FAREWELL

“It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment.”
/Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician, astronomer and physicist
who was born on 30th April, 1777/

1:12:28 OUTRO

1:13:42 OUT-TAKES

TheESP – Ep. #197 – Deadly Chiro-Practices

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This week we welcome Brian back for an unprecedented two-weeks-in-a-row appearance and then we dive into how the Piltdown Man hoax went undetected for many years, but was revealed this week 66 years ago. Then we poke the pope for trying to put the blame for his sex abuse scandals on Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, while Cardinal Pell, believe in or not, may get one more day in court.
In the news we find we still have to explain why you should NOT go to a chiropractor because not only is chiropractic total pseudoscience, it’s also occasionally deadly. In happier news an Ebola vaccine is finally here and has been approved in the EU, where coincidentally, being it due to vaccinations or not, the measles epidemic finally shows signs to be receding. Nevertheless, the measles vaccine is now mandatory in Germany.
In Venice the recent floods are devastating but is it climate change or is it just that building a city out in the water is a bad idea? Speaking of water, did holy water from Lourdes save Shakira’s voice? And will Golden Rice finally be approved in Bangladesh? So many questions, and only the ESP experience to sort it all out!
Finally, the State Government of Bavaria is taking stupid to a new level when trying to fight multi-resistant bacteria with homeopathy and that earns them a place in the Really Wrong hall of fame.
Enjoy!

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

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

0:00:27 Intro

0:00:51 Greetings

We welcome Brian Eggo back yet again(!) and chat with him about the Glasgow Skeptics 10-anniversary last week and what’s coming up next (spoiler: Matt Dillahunty!).

0:05:53 This Week in Skepticism – Piltdown Man

On 21 November 1953 the Piltdown Man, a skull regarded as one of the most important missing links between apes and man, was publicly announced to be a hoax.

0:12:14 Pontus Pokes the Pope – “Beware of Children’s Access to Porn!” Says Leader of the World’s Largest Paedophile Ring – plus: Last Bell for Pell

Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google and other tech companies should protect children from sex say Francis, implying that they may otherwise seduce his priests. And believe it or not Cardinal Pell will have another chance to plead for his innocence.

0:18:28 News

UK: Broken neck from Chiropractic Treatment

EUROPE: Ebola Vaccine Approved by EU

EUROPE: Measles update as of October

GERMANY: Measles Vaccinations Now Mandatory

ITALY: Venice Flooded – Mayor Claims It is Due to Climate Change

FRANCE (SPAIN): Shakira went to Lourdes to get her voice back

INTERNATIONAL: Bangladesh (Expected?) to Approve Golden Rice

0:50:27 Really Wrong: The Bavarian State Government wants to fight multi-resistance with – Homeopathy!

0:54:07 Quote and Farewell

“For to be possessed of a vigorous mind is not enough; the prime requisite is rightly to apply it. The greatest minds, as they are capable of the highest excellence, are open likewise to the greatest aberrations; and those who travel very slowly may yet make far greater progress, provided they keep always to the straight road, than those who, while they run, forsake it”
/ René Decartes, 31 March 1596 – 11 February 1650, French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist /

0:55:48 Outro

0:57:03 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #195 – EU rules on GMO are bananas

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This week pope Francis is all talk and no show, there was a secret love affaire between a Cardinal and a Queen of Sweden in 1654 and Massimo Polidoro’s book Il Mondo Sottosopra is now in the shops.
New study finds that measles resets your whole immune system in a very bad way, homeopathic nonsense should absolutely not have a Royal warrant of appointment and Swedish CAM proponents claim CAM is safe despite obvious examples that it is not.
Facebook and Twitter have totally opposite views in political ads on their platforms and Facebook employees points out to Mark Zuckerberg that he is wrong.
Finally, we demonstrate how the EU rules on GMO and CRISPR are totally bananas.
Enjoy!

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

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

0:00:27 Intro

0:00:51 Greetings

We warm up by discussing politics which looks glum in the US, but in Hungary there seem be some signs that Viktor Orbán may not be invincible after all. Also, we find that the events calendar is full of Skeptical happenings, so there are lights in the dark, nonetheless.

0:06:03 Pontus Pokes the Pope – Francis is all talk and no show

The CDF (Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, aka the Papal Inquisition) refuse to provide any help to an ongoing Bishops’ conference in Leicester that is trying to bring light on sex abuse allegations.
As an intriguing side note, old letters provide evidence of Queen Kristina‘s of Sweden flaming love affaire with Cardinal Decio Azzolino in the 1600s.

0:10:35 News

ITALY: Massimo Polidoro’s new book ‘Il Mondo Sottosopro’ is now out

Massimo Polidoro’s website: https://www.massimopolidoro.com/libri/e-uscito-il-mondo-sottosopra-il-mio-nuovo-libro-edito-da-piemme.html

INTERNATIONAL: Measles kills your immune system’s ‘memory’

UK: Homeopathy, the most dangerous kind of quackery

SWEDEN: Follow-up on suggested new CAM regulations – it’s not safe!

INTERNATIONAL: Facebook employees write letter criticizing ads policy on Politics

SWEDEN: Post-term pregnancy research cancelled after six babies die

00:35:27 Really Wrong: EU GMO rules are bananas

00:42:53 Quote and Farewell

“I have often said, and oftener think, that this world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel – a solution of why Democritus laughed and Heraclitus wept.”

/ Horace Walpole, 24 September 1717 – 2 March 1797. English writer, art historian, man of letters, antiquarian and Whig politician /

00:45:06 Outro

00:46:21 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #182 – Anthroposophical Ups and Downs

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This week we reflect on the current heatwave and on climate change, we give a shout-out to James Randi who turned 91 this week(!) and Pontus pokes the pope for letting his Archbishops lash out against vulnerable minorities.
In the news it’s confirmed (again) that vaccinations have nothing to do with autism, we hear how Anthroposophy nuts has managed to weasel their way into the University of Basel and how pseudoscience for children is fought by good people in Spain.
Retraction Watch is turning nine years and you should support them and again in Spain there are good forces working against pseudoscience by cleverly promoting policies regarding homeopathy. Finally, we deliver a Really Right award to the Swedish government who as of 1 September has rendered the Anthroposophy-nonsense history in Sweden.

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; Pontus Pokes the Pope; News; Really Right; Radio Spots; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

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

00:00:37 Intro

00:01:00 Greetings

There are heatwaves everywhere and guess what? We are to blame. Edzard Ernst has a new boo out and you can bring your copy to Ghent in a couple of weeks to get it signed!

00:11:19 This Week in Skepticism

On 7 August 1928 James Randi, ‘Grandfather of Skepticism’, was born. Happy birthday and many happy returns!

00:15:14 Pontus Pokes the Pope – In Poland, ‘Rainbow plague’ is the new threat replacing communism.

00:27:08 Skeptical News

INTERNATIONAL: A new study reinforces the conclusion that autism is primarily genetic

SWITZERLAND: A chair of anthroposophical medicine at the University of Basel

SPAIN: Position Statement From The Spanish Association Of Paediatrics Medicines Committee Concerning The Use Of Alternative Medicine And Pseudo-Science In Children

INTERNATIONAL: Retraction Watch turning nine years

SPAIN / EUROPE: Spain wants EU law changed that classifies homeopathy as medicine, and you should help!

00:45:33 Really Right: The end of Anthroposophical ‘medicine’ in Sweden!

00:51:33 Radio Spots

00:53:45 Closing remarks, Quote and Goodbye

Seven games to teach kids Fact-checking

Quote:
“Once your faith, sir, persuades you to believe what your intelligence declares to be absurd, beware lest you likewise sacrifice your reason in the conduct of your life. In days gone by, there were people who said to us: ‘You believe in incomprehensible, contradictory and impossible things because we have commanded you to; now then, commit unjust acts because we likewise order you to do so.’ Nothing could be more convincing. Certainly anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.”
/ François-Marie Arouet, AKA Voltaire, French writer and philosopher/

00:59:21 Outro

01:00:36 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #159 – Fake News by Orban, German court vs Heilpraktiker 1-0 & Brian Bashing the Bishop

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In the abscence of Pontus, Jelena and Andras are joined by Brian Eggo to bring you a new show full of news and interesting topics including two events coming up (SkepKon 2019 in Germany and the 3rd Symposium on Science and Pseudoscience in Elche).
We also talk about the British Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee’s milestone Evidence Check documents that is now part of skeptical history, then we move on to discussing Hungary’s PM Viktor Orban and how EU leaders now simply call his anti-migration and anti-Soros propaganda “Fake News” while he continues to break down the institutions of science in the country. We also chat about Edzard Ernst’s recommendation for a skeptical analysis in general and then bring the good news of a German court ruling against a SCAM practitioner for using false claims in their advertisements.
The Really Wrong price goes to the Catholic Church for being sloppy in their investigations regarding miracles performed by their saints.

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; News; Really Wrong; Radio Spot; Quote; Outro; Out-takes

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

00:00:27 Intro

00:00:51 Greetings

00:11:16 This Week in Skepticism

The British Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee published its damning Evidence Check on homeopathy on Feb. 22, 2010.

00:15:11 Skeptical News

HUNGARY: High-ranking EU politicians call out Viktor Orban on his “Fake News” propaganda.

INTERNATIONAL: What can consumers do when they are confronted with confusing or contradictory evidence? Advise fromEdzard Ernst.

FRANCE: French Judge Refuses to Block Catholic Sex Scandal Movie

GERMANY: German consumer association stops alternative Health Practitioners from treating cancer

00:44:34 Really Wrong

John Henry Newman: Second miracle approved as sainthood looms – and the Catholic Church claims to have them confirmed

00:53:40 Radio spot

00:54:49 Quote
“It is the absence of facts that frightens people: the gap you open, into which they pour their fears, fantasies, desires.”
/Dame Hilary Mary Mantel, English writer/

00:56:13 Outro

00:57:28 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #134 – Psychic Taxes, Homeopathy and One Hell of a Bus Ride

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

Show Notes:
00:00:26 Greetings

As Eggman (Brian Eggo) sits in for Andras we examine the latest news which includes Psychic Sally’s taxes, the end to NHS funded homeopathy in England, Russian attitudes to conspiracy theories, the latest measles situation and more.
Also the Pope gets poked about his upcoming Irish visit and Brian gets on bus 666 to Hel (sic).

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

Also check out the on-going Edinburgh Skeptics on the Fringe, ending 26 August!

00:05:27 This Week in Skepticism

Actress Sylvia Millecam died Aug. 19, 2001 after seeing psychic & alternative healers.

00:13:25 Skeptical News

UK: Psychic Sally hit with almost £3m tax bill

EUROPE: EU Court of Justice declares gene edited crops to be GMO

UK: NHS Bristol ends funding for homeopathy, ending all homeopathy commissioning in England

RUSSIA: Russian beliefs in conspiracies

EUROPE: Measles outbreak updates

UK: A UK parliamentary committee about risks to ‘shared values and the integrity of our democratic institutions’.

POLAND: Take bus 666 to Hel!

00:53:28 Pontus Pokes the Pope: Pope Francis goes to Ireland and still doesn’t care

00:56:30 Really Wrong: Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine

01:01:20 Radio Ad

01:02:32 Farewell and Quote

“There cannot be mental atrophy in any person who continues to observe, to remember what he observes, and to seek answers for his unceasing hows and whys about things.”

Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-born scientist, inventor and engineer.

01:08:02 Outro

01:09:17 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #115 – Books and app for skeptics, exorcism, vaccinations and INH gone international

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Segments:
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; News; Really Wrong; Quote; Outro; Out-takes

Show Notes:

00:00:27 Greetings

00:16:56 This Week in Skepticism

00:21:01 Skeptical News

00:40:57 Really Wrong

00:44:04 Quote

“People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive”.
/Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher/

00:45:17 Outro

00:46:32 Out-takes

Episode #083

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This week Pontus and András are joined by Brian Eggo who sits in for Jelena while she’s on a European motorbike trip.
We talked about Karl Popper’s philosophical system of scientific discovery, how much of what we think of suicide is actually true, why simplicity is not the ultimate goal in understanding science, how the Tories in the UK just sent a crackpot to the EP, why news regarding the dangers of chemotherapy are probably untrue, how much of the Italian demonstrations against the new vaccination strategies are exaggerated and why caution is required when talking about new research on the Shroud of Turin.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; This Week in Skepticism; Skeptical News; Really Wrong; Quote

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:27
Greetings & feedback

  • If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.
  • Don’t forget to cast your vote before 31st July for the John Maddox Prize 2017 for standing up for science.

00:14:19
This Week in Skepticism
Sir Karl R. Popper (Born 28th July 1902 in Vienna) Philosopher of Science

00:18:52
Skeptical News

  1. INTERNATIONAL: Myths about suicide
  2. SPAIN: New book recommended by Spanish Skeptics
  3. UK: New Tory MEP a crackpot?
  4. INTERNATIONAL: Is chemotherapy really proven to help cancer spread in your body? (Not)
  5. ITALY: Demonstration attendance numbers against new Italian vaccine regulations exaggerated
  6. ITALY: New research concerning the Shroud of Turin?

00:57:02
Really Wrong:

The Catholic Church for abusing children

01:03:41
Skeptical Ads

01:06:13
Quote

“Science is always simple and always profound. It is only the half-truths that are dangerous.”

/George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright in ‘The Doctor’s Dilemma’/

01:07:10
Outro

01:08:24
Out-takes