TheESP – Ep. #223 – Conversation therapy in the time of Plandemic


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On this week’s episode we start by the funny PA of Deutsche Bahn then turn towards the story of psychic Peter Hurkos who was born on this day.
The latest from the Catholic Church reveals conspiracy theories and Pope Benedict XVI. trying to influence current affairs.
We talk about how grounded aeroplanes mean less reliable weather forecasts, the Czech government trying to outrun COVID-19 by themselves under the leadership of a homeopath and how Stephen Lewandowsky’s team helps all of us identify and fight conspiracy theories.
In the news:
– Russia fails to provide measles vaccines during the COVID-19 crisis
– Sweden’s health minister admits failure to keep elderly citizens safe
– Hungarian government subsidises a TCM unit at Semmelweis University
– Multiple legal cases shaking European countries amid 5G concerns
– Good Magic Awards winners announced
– Germany bans conversion therapies for minors
– Homeopathy not found to be effective for psychiatric disorders
The Swedish company marketing the bogus product ‘Mendi’ gets this week’s Really Wrong prize.

Enjoy!

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; Pontus Pokes the Pope; COVID-19 Update; News; Really Right; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

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

0:00:27 INTRO

0:00:51 GREETINGS

0:05:48 This Week in Skepticism
Peter Hurkos (born Peter van der Hurk, 21 May 1911 in Dordrecht, Netherlands)

0:12:56 PONTUS POKES THE POPE
Conspiracy Theory Petition signed by Cardinal Sarah. Benedict’s new Biography, Cardinal Pell definitely DID know that he covered up abuse and the Holy See is a financial mega loss.

0:20:28 COVID-19 Update

0:32:11 NEWS

  1. RUSSIA: While the country jumps to 2nd place worldwide in COVID-19, measles cases are on the rise
  2. SWEDENE: Has the Swedish Covid19 Strategy Failed?
  3. HUNGARY: Government spends 17 million euros on setting up new TCM unit at Medical University
  4. EUROPE: Multiple legal cases against 5G in EU countries UK:
    1. UK
    2. Netherlands
    3. France
    4. Denmark
    5. Norway
    6. https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2020/05/15/the-original-plandemic-unmasking-the-eerily-parallel-conspiracy-theories-behind-the-russian-flu-of-1889/#62518a4750d5
  5. UK: Good Magic Awards winners announced
  6. GERMANY: ‘Conversion therapy’ for minors now banned
  7. ITALY: Homeopathy not effective for psychiatric disorders

1:05:18 REALLY WRONG
Kickstarter for Bogus “brain trainer” Mendi

1:14:10 QUOTE AND FAREWELL

“The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.”
/Joseph Joubert, French moralist and essayist/

1:15:10 OUTRO

1:16:24 OUT-TAKES

TheESP – Ep. #215 – Snippets for the time of quarantine

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We are bringing you a selection of topics this week, some Corona-related and some aren’t:
In the meantime, QED organisers ask you to hold your travel arrengements at this time…
The Vatican issues a decree that makes confessions obsolete, the Good Thinking Society convinces the PSA to impose strict conditions on the Society of Homeopaths, they also team up with Richard Wiseman to support magicians with the Good Magic Awards. A new project aiming at spreading the word of science in the Spanish speaking communities, how the global fight against disinformation is doing, Snopes and their need for help in keeping up their fact-checking work, a Hungarian foundation running an online course to teach children critical thinking skills in the times of COVID-19, GWUP pledging to stay on track with science in their reportings, quacks in the time of Corona, a possible connection between blood type and COVID-19 infections, and Spanish skeptics providing you with enough to read while you’re in quarantine.
The VtdK and the Royal Dutch Medical Association countering a bogus therapy.

Enjoy!

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; 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

0:00:48 GREETINGS

QED organisers warn not to book your flights and accomodation just yet.

0:06:50 THIS WEEK IN SKEPTICISM
Prof. Richard Dawkins was born on 26th March 1941.

0:11:08 PONTUS POKES THE POPE
Don’t Worry. If you die from COVID19, you are forgiven…

0:18:05 NEWS

  1. INTERNATIONAL: COVID-19 update
  2. UK: PSA imposes strict conditions on Society of Homeopaths after judicial review requested by the Good Thinking Society:
  3. INTERNATIONAL: Homeopathy for everyone – against COVID-19?
  4. UK: The Good Magic Awards
  5. UK/SPAIN: Science-me a story
  6. INTERNATIONAL: The global fight against disinformation
  7. INTERNATIONAL: Snopes and the need for fact-checking in the times of crisis
  8. HUNGARY: Online course for students aged 13-15 to learn how to be a critical news reader
  9. GERMANY: GWUP pledging to follow science regarding COVID-19 news reporting
  10. SWEDEN: Corona means big business for the quacks
  11. INTERNATIONAL: Connection between blood type and COVID-19?
  12. SPAIN: Reading for quarantine – Escepticos is the largest collection of skepticism-related material in Spanish

0:57:38 REALLY WRONG/RIGHT
After Action From VtdK, the Royal Dutch Medical Association Again(!) Stops Accreditation of BS Therapy “PRI”

1:02:20 QUOTE AND FAREWELL

““[Science] works! Planes fly. Cars drive. Computers compute. If you base medicine on science, you cure people. If you base the design of planes on science, they fly. If you base the design of rockets on science, they reach the moon. It works.”

/Prof. Richard Dawkins, British biologist, author/

1:04:51 OUTRO

1:06:06 OUT-TAKES

TheESP – Ep. #178 – Camp Quest with Andreas Kyriacou, plus IQ testing and killing science

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This week while Pontus is away, we talk to Andreas Kyriacou from Switzerland about Camp Quest Switzerland before moving on to other events, IQ testing and a lot more, including a German petition to hold CAM practices to the same standards as real medicine, how the Hungarian Academy of Science is being killed off by Viktor Orban’s government, legal action against a science writer in Ireland, the situation of SCAM in Switzerland and Facebook trying to tackle the ever-growing issue of deep fake videos.

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; Interview with Andreas Kyriacou about Camp Quest; This Week in Skepticism; News; Quote; Outro

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

00:00:27 Intro

00:00:48 Greetings

00:05:21 Interview with Andreas Kyriacou

About Camp Quest Switzerland

00:21:44 This Week in Skepticism

Alfred Binet, French psychologist, born 8 Jul 1857.

00:30:40 Skeptical News

GERMANY: A German petition to stop authorising ineffective medicines (what organisation from?)

HUNGARY: Hungarian Academy of Sciences stripped of its research network by government

IRELAND: Gemma O’Doherty launches legal action against science writer David Robert Grimes

SWITZERLAND: SCAM situation in Switzerland

INTERNATIONAL: Zuckerberg Says Company ‘Evaluating’ Deepfake Video Policy

00:52:02 Quote and Goodbye
“Love of learning is the most necessary passion … in it lies our happiness. It’s a sure remedy for what ails us, an unending source of pleasure.”
/Emilie du Chatelet French natural philosopher, mathematician, physicist/

00:53:47 Outro

TheESP – Ep. #144 – No Zero Tolerance for Abuse

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Join us to hear about Pope Francis’ failing October synod, Galileo and how homeopathy is getting a really hard beating in Spain. In other news the Good Thinking Society fights Goop, EU tries (but fail) to get statistics about the anti-vaxx movement and how science is hard: Contrary to what you have heard humans have not wiped out 60% of all vertebrates and an organic diet has not been proved to prevent cancer.

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

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

Show Notes:
00:00:28 Greetings

00:03:45 This Week in Skepticism: Galileo was right! (31 October 1992)

00:07:10 Pontus Pokes the Pope

Francis called for a synod in October that refused to agree on “zero tolerance” against abuse.

00:12:54 Skeptical News

UK: The Good Thinking Society reports Goop to UK authorities on 113 (at least) counts

EUROPE: Anti-vaxxers in Europe – important but flawed EU report

INTERNATIONAL: Organic food does not prevent cancer

WORLD: Statistics is hard: We may not have wiped out 60 % of animals after all

SPAIN: Homeopathy needs evidence to be sold in Spain

00:35:40 Really Wrong: Social media stops sex ed campaign

00:38:26 Farewell

00:43:00 Outro

00:44:15 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #139 – Fake Cancer Cures in Trouble and the Discoverer of Pulsars Gets Revenge

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

Claire Klingenberg sits in for András on this episode where the Pope blames the devil for revealing all the bad stuff he is responsible for.
This week in 1895: The birth of Chiropractic.
Also, fake cancer cures take several hits, an overlooked astrophysicist finally gets the recognition she deserves and a brave pharmacist in Germany takes a stand against homeopathy. We learn that cannibalism is bad for you and other good stuff as we celebrate the newly announced Ig Nobel prizes.
Short random announcement: Please note that it must be parasite season, but that reason and logic will always prevail.
We conclude this unusually positive episode by a Really Right award concerning CRISPR research.

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

Show Notes:
00:00:26 Greetings

00:04:40 Pontus Pokes the Pope

The Pope blames the devil for revealing abuse – and boy is he!

00:07:20 This Week: The birth of chiropractic on 18 September 1895

00:10:21 Skeptical News

LATVIA: European Cancer Patient Coalition revokes the membership of Virotherapy Foundation a.k.a. Rigvir

INTERNATIONAL: Swedes share more fake news than any others in Europe

UK: Good Thinking Society gets cancer quackery investigation published in BMJ

INTERNATIONAL: Measles update – Vaccine Confidence Survey

INTERNATIONAL: eBay removes fake cancer ‘zapper’ treatments from sale due to work by Good Thinking Society

UK: British astrophysicist overlooked by Nobels wins $3m award for pulsar work

GERMANY: A Pharmacist in Bavaria has removed all homeopathy from her displays

INTERNATIONAL: Ig Nobel prizes 2018: the European recipients

00:40:28 Really Right: Researchers are fighting back on the EU decision that Crispr should be banned as GMO

00:42:35 Quote and Farewell

“It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge”
Enrico Fermi, Italian and naturalized-American physicist and the creator of the world’s first nuclear reactor

00:43:44 Outro

00:44:59 Out-takes

Episode #100 – Superheroes of Skepticism

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On this episode:

This is our 100th episode!!!

To celebrate, we interviewed some of the superheroes of skepticism who have already been on the show and could accept our invitation to come back for a quick update.
Our guests were Gábor Hraskó, who was our guest on episode #001, Natalie Grams whose new book is out, Michael Marshall who talked about some new achievements of the Good Thinking Society, Liubomir Baburov and what’s planned for the future of Ratio, Sean Slater and what to expect from Skeptics on the Fringe in 2018, Massimo Polidoro and his new book along with news from CICAP and Susan Gerbic checks in together with Richard Saunders to finish the show with what was definitely the largest span of time zones in the history of our podcast.

Thanks for bearing with us and please keep listening to The ESP as we intend to stay.

Also, make sure you check out our event page at https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interviews; Outro

Show notes:

00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:34
Greetings and Feedback

We jump right into the interviews

00:03:52

Interview with Gábor Hraskó

00:13:43

Interview with Natalie Grams

00:24:16

Interview with Michael Marshall

00:38:19

Interview with Liubomir Baburov

00:45:31

Interview with Sean Slater

00:55:13

Interview with Massimo Polidoro

01:13:58

Interview with Susan Gerbic and Richard Saunders

01:34:13

Goodbye

01:37:38
Outro

01:38:42
Outtakes

Episode #079

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This week we talk about Swedish Skeptics treating their members to 15 tickets to the European Skeptics Congress and how we were interviewed by Skeptical Inquiry before we talk about the famous Oxford Evolution debate. Then we dive into skeptical news around Europe talking about homeopathy being debunked (which does not impress the Homeopathic World Congress), The Good Thinking Society, antivax-sentiments in Italy and Switzerland, mistletoe therapy in Austria, Chinese medicine in Hungary, 30 years of skepticism in Spain, Brian Dunnings new film Principles of Curiosity and how the EU Court of Justice believes science can be ruled on in courts.

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

  1. VoF (Swedish Skeptics) to have a ticket lottery for members to the ESC 2017
  2. The ESP interviewed for Skeptical Inquiry
  3. If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

00:07:45
This Week in Skepticism
The Oxford Evolution debate (30th June 1860)

00:17:44
Skeptical News

  1. INTERNATIONAL: Homeopathy – no need for further discussion
  2. GERMANY: Homeopathy World Congress in Leipzig
  3. UK: Have your say on NHS homeopathy funding in Enfield
  4. GERMANY: German BPI’s stance on homeopathy
  5. ITALY: People on the streets over mandatory vaccination in Italy?
  6. SWITZERLAND: Vaxxed goes to Switzerland
  7. AUSTRIA: Misteltoe therapy on public health provider in Austria?
  8. HUNGARY: Hungarian government funding the launch of a Traditional Chinese Medicine institution at a prestigious medical university
  9. SPAIN: ARP-SAPC – 30 years of skeptical activism
  10. INTERNATIONAL: Principles of Curiosity is out

00:41:53
Really Wrong:

EU Court of Justice

00:48:14
Skeptical Ads

00:49:30
Quote

“Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. I have only begun to learn content and peace of mind since I have resolved at all risks to do this.”
/Thomas Henry Huxley, British Biologist/

00:50:32
Outro

00:51:47
Out-takes

Episode #075

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This week’s episode brings you a lot of news and interesting topics from the world of skepticism across Europe.
Firstly, please, consider helping Hayley Stevens raise money to help others attend QED 2017. Then listen to what we have to say about the Charity Commissions consultations, Evidence Matters EU, Pontus being acquainted to someone with the potential to become pope one day, a fishy vaccine study that circulates widely, Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales fighting fake news in his own way, All Trials getting more momentum with major sponsors of clinical trials joining their cause, a follow-up on the Kevin case, the Turkish government’s blocking of Wikipedia over claims of terrorist links, Natalie Grams and Homeopathy Information Network to receive Wikipedia pages, Academia being under attack by Hungarian government and a silly study on female homosexuality.

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

  1. Hayley Stevens’ initiative to make free tickets available to QED for those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend.
  2. Civil Society: Hundreds of health charities should be removed, regulator told
  3. Evidence Matters EU
  4. If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

00:19:02
This Week in Skepticism
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (born on 22nd May 1859).

00:26:08
Skeptical News

  1. INTERNATIONAL: Vaccine study showing neurological harm to vaccinated children?
  2. INTERNATIONAL: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launches a large-scale attack on fake news
  3. INTERNATIONAL: All Trials update
  4. SWEDEN: Follow-up on the Kevin case
  5. TURKEY: Turkish government blocks Wikipedia in the country over allegations about terrorist links
  6. GERMANY: Natalie Grams and INH now have a Wikipedia page
  7. HUNGARY: Academia under fire by government

00:57:49
Really Wrong
Stupid study about female homosexuality

01:03:53
Skeptical Ads

01:04:31
Quote

“You’ll often hear the phrase “science doesn’t know everything.” Well, of course it doesn’t know everything. But just because science doesn’t know everything doesn’t mean that it knows nothing”
/Stephen Fry, English comedian, actor, writer, presenter and activist/

01:06:43
Outro

01:07:58
Out-takes

Episode #073

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This week brings you a segment on Florence Nightingale, events across Europe and skeptical news including the latest success story of the Good Thinking Society with getting eBay to remove a dangerous product (Black Salve) from their listings, climate targets not being taken seriously, annual prizes awarded by ARP-SAPC in Spain, Spanish skeptical events mounting to 600 since 2010, the UK foreign secretary making false claims, German podcast award for Schlaulicht and a new skeptical podcast on the market in Germany called Nachgefragt. Also, Metro in Sweden comes out with a demonstrative issue intentionally full of fake news, Hungarian family and their naturopath sentenced to prison for killing an infant out of carelessness, Stephen Fry and his blasphemy case in Ireland and Fiona O’Leary fighting against antivaccination nonsense in the form of a demonstration at the screening of Vaxxed.

If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

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

  1. Our previous interview with Liubomir Baburov
  2. The Ratio 2017 event on Facebook
  3. The webpage of Ratio
  4. CICAPFest website

00:15:52
This Week in Skepticism
Florence Nightingale (born 12 May 1820): Florence Nightingale – Nurse – Biography.com

00:19:57
Skeptical News

  1. INTERNATIONAL: eBay removes Black Salve from their listings after Good Thinking Society’s investigation
  2. INTERNATIONAL: Countries not taking the 2 degree climate target seriously
  3. SPAIN: Two annual prizes awarded at the last general assembly of ARP-SAPC
  4. SPAIN: 600 events since 2010 in Spain for science and reason tracked
  5. UK: UK Foreign Secretary’s false claims
  6. GERMANY: A new skeptical podcast
  7. GERMANY: Podcast award given to “Schlaulicht (Smart Light)” (in German)
  8. SWEDEN: Metro first page on 3 May intentionally full of Fake News
  9. HUNGARY: Hungarian family and naturopath sentenced to prison for causing death of child
  10. IRELAND: Stephen Fry faces blasphemy probe after God comments
  11. IRELAND: Fiona O’Leary and their protest against the screening of Vaxxed

00:49:49
Really Wrong
The EU about GMO tomatoes

00:57:14
Skeptical Ads

00:59:14
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/

01:01:24
Outro

01:02:39
Out-takes

Episode #069

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This week we are bringing you an episode packed with news, important events and topics from all over Europe: Autism Acceptance Month, World Homeopathy Awareness Week, poppy seeds causing false positive drug tests, public opinion and vaccination, the latest on the screenings of the movie Vaxxed in Germany and Ireland, ComCept’s Flying Unicorn Awards, Nominations open for the John Maddox Prize, QED: Question. Explore. Discover. announced, nominations open for the British Podcast Awards, call for speakers at the 17th European Skeptics Congress in Poland, our calendar of skeptic events, an update on the NHS vs homeopathy, Prince Anne backing GM crops, BBC to uphold the Good Thinking Society’s complaint against the Look North report on chiropractic for animals, an update on the UK Charity Commission’s latest actions, a researcher banned from seeking funding after misconduct in Germany, the German government passes legislation about punishing social media firms for not removing hate speech, new fronts in the war against pseudoscience in Medicine in Spain, El Esceptico issue 46 is out commemorating Carl Sagan, who’s been dead for 20 years now, Swiss skeptics open research department, the current state of measles and the effect of the anti-vaccination movement in countries across Europe and a look at how Swedes handle an attack on their capital.

If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

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

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:27
Greetings & feedback

  1. Autism Acceptance Month
  2. World Autism Awareness Day (2nd April)  since 2007.
  3. World Homeopathy Awareness Week
  4. Poppy seeds causing false positive drug tests
  5. Legislation vs public opinion
  6. The latest on the screenings of the movie Vaxxed in Germany and Ireland
  7. ComCept’s Flying Unicorn Awards 2016
  8. Nominations open for the John Maddox Prize
  9. QED – Question. Explore. Discover. announced
  10. Nominations open for the British Podcast Awards
    • Please, vote for us here! Thanks.
  11. Call for speakers at the 17th European Skeptics Congress in Poland

00:19:48

This Week in Skepticism

Maria Gemma Umberta Galgani (Died on 11th April 1903), Italian mystic, venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church since 1940.

00:27:39

Skeptical News

  1. BBC upholds the Good Thinking Society’s complaint against the Look North report on chiropractic for animals
  2. Princess Anne backs GM crops
  3. Update on the NHS and homeopathy
  4. An update on the UK Charity Commission’s latest actions
  5. German researcher banned from seeking funding after misconduct
  6. German government passes legislation about punishing social media firms for not removing hate speech
  7. New fronts in the war against pseudoscience in Medicine in Spain
  8. El Esceptico issue 46 is out commemorating Carl Sagan, who’s been dead for 20 years now…
  9. Swiss skeptics open a research department

00:47:40
Analysis

The current state of measles and the effect of the anti-vaccination movement in countries across Europe

00:59:23
Really Right

Swedes for handling an attack in their capital without panic

01:04:24
Quote
“In our reasonings concerning matter of fact, there are all imaginable degrees of assurance, from the highest certainty to the lowest species of moral evidence. A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence.”

/David Hume, Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist/

01:05:25
Outro

01:06:40
Out-takes