TheESP – Ep. #226 – Credo, ergo sum


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A bit less COVID-19-heavy episode this week with the news that May 2020 saw the highest concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere ever recorded and it was also the hottest May ever.
6 years ago, creationism as science in schools was banned in the UK and hallelujah, the Vatican is launching their new channel ‘VatiVision’ and a documentary series ‘The Great Popes’.
In the news this week:
– Nicotine replacement therapy is the new craze among possible COVID-19 treatments lacking evidence of efficacy
– The bad science story of Hydroxychloroquine that shook the world
– Millions seem to believe the Treaty of Trianon expires after 100 years
– People fall for the story of dozens of give-away TVs by Curry’s
– The German Medical Student Association issues a declaration against homeopathy
– Let’s see behind the curtain regarding the ‘Swedish Model’ once again
– Massimo Polidoro launches his Patreon page – with a twist.
This week’s Really Right price goes to Dutch anaesthesiologist Gerald Woerlee for publishing a free book ‘Anesthesia and the Soul’ that helps us understand out-of-body-experiences (OBE).

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

Welcome to the start of a hot summer!

0:10:45 This Week in Skepticism

As of June 9, 2014 teaching creationism as science was banned in public schools in the UK

0:21:07 PONTUS POKES THE POPE

Francis is a bigot, plus “watch out Netflix – here comes VatiVision!”

0:30:10 NEWS

  1. EU/FRANCE: News about possible nicotine therapy lead to surge of tobacco products 
  2. INTERNATIONAL: Bad science on all sides of Hydroxychloroquine
  3. HUNGARY: Millions believe the Treaty of Trianon expires after 100 years
  4. UK: No, nobody is handing out free TVs
  5. GERMANY: Medical students issue declaration against homeopathy
  6. SWEDEN: The “Swedish model” may very well have problems – but the reporting of it is even worse
  7. ITALY: Massimo Polidoro starts his Patreon page – with a twist

1:05:55 REALLY RIGHT
Dutch anaesthesiologist Gerald Woerlee, author of the free book “Anesthesia and the Soul”

1:09:21 QUOTE AND FAREWELL

“I’m comfortable with the unknown — that’s the point of science. There are places out there, billions of places out there, that we know nothing about. And the fact that we know nothing about them excites me, and I want to go out and find out about them. And that’s what science is. So I think if you’re not comfortable with the unknown, then it’s difficult to be a scientist… I don’t need an answer. I don’t need answers to everything. I want to have answers to find.”
/Professor Brian Cox, British physicist, presenter, author and musician/

1:10:39 OUTRO

1:11:54 Out-takes

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. #206 – From Peter’s Pence to Francis’ Pants

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This week we note that the Swedish Skeptics’ article from last week concerning Thomas Erikson’s nonsense personality book “Surrounded by Idiots” has gotten some attention from other skeptics, among other things Pontus was a guest on the last episode of the Skeptic Zone podcast to talk about it.
In history this week we talk about Desmond Morris and his role in the Aquatic Ape hypothesis and then Pontus Pokes the Pope about the fact that the two living popes are at odds regarding celibacy and also that the charity money from Peter’s Pence goes straight into the coffers of the Vatican.
In the news this week: Contrary to what you may have heard, Finland does not plan to go to a four-day working week, in Russia 800 science papers have been retracted and the Eurobarometer shows that EU citizens are concerned about climate change. Andrew Wakefield will screen the new film Vaxxed II at a public venue in Notting Hill, the Goop Lab will feature the Dutch “Iceman” Wim Hof, an Italian court has against scientific consensus ruled that mobile phones cause brain tumours and John Cook is publishing a comic book about climate change denial. We hope Skeptics will help translate it!
We end by handing a Really Wrong Award to the UK Home Office and the Ministry of Justice for believing in lie detectors.
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

0:00:27 INTRO

0:00:50 GREETINGS

Our story from last week regarding the “Surrounded by…” books has been picked up by both the Skeptic Zone podcast and Steve Novella’s Neurologica blog. Check them out!.

0:08:48 THIS WEEK IN SKEPTICISM
Desmond Morris, British zoologist and anthropologist was born on 24 January 1928. He was instrumental in popularizing the Aquatic Ape hypothesis.

0:19:27 PONTUS POKES THE POPE
Celibacy Controversy Deepens, Francis Diverts Charity Millions to Cover Vatican Losses

0:27:22 NEWS

0:57:10 REALLY WRONG
UK: Lie Detector Tests for Convicted Terrorists as a Security Measure

1:02:39 QUOTE AND FAREWELL
“To spread healthy ideas among even the lowest classes of people, to remove men from the influence of prejudice and passion, to make reason the arbiter and supreme guide of public opinion; that is the essential goal of the sciences; that is how science will contribute to the advancement of civilization, and that is what deserves protection of governments who want to insure the stability of their power.”
/ Georges Cuvier, (23 August 1769 – 13 May 1832), French naturalist and zoologist, widely recognised as the father of comparative anatomy and paleontology – from Rapport historique sur les progrès des sciences naturelles (1810) /

1:03:50 OUTRO

1:05:05 OUT-TAKES

TheESP – Ep. #202 – 2019 Wasn’t All Bad

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This week we wrap up the year and wish all our listeners a Happy Holiday. We revisit something we got wrong about Das Goldene Brett last week and celebrate the birthday of Johannes Kepler.
For Pontus Pokes the Pope we examine what the Pontifical Secret is all about and what it may mean when Francis now has declared it cannot be used to hide sex abuse. We also deliver our first ever film review, on the rather nice but totally fictional movie ‘The Two Popes’.
In the news we talk about Chemophobia, HPV vaccinations for boys and again marvel at the stupidity of the Prince of Wales. We also discuss doctors paying for positive on-line reviews, the measles situation in Turkey (it’s bad) and how anti-vaxxers and making millions from ‘natural supplements’ goes hand in hand. Also, the supreme court in the Netherlands has upheld a ruling against the government for not doing enough to fight climate change.
We end the episode and the year by looking back to find that several good things happened too in 2019, even if they sometimes go unnoticed or are quickly forgotten.
Enjoy!

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

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

0:00:27 INTRO

0:00:50 GREETINGS

Correction from last week’s mention of the satirical prize ‘Das Goldene Brett‘. No, the name is NOT a biblical reference.

0:07:22 THIS WEEK IN SKEPTICISM
 Johannes Kepler was born on 27 December 1571. He was a German astronomer, mathematician and astrologer 

    • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/kepler/

0:11:55 PONTUS POKES THE POPE
No more Secrets!? Plus a Bonus Film Review of ‘The Two Popes’

0:22:43 NEWS

  1. EUROPE: Chemophobia: Nearly 40% of Europeans Want a Chemical-Free World
  2. FRANCE: Ministry of Health Recommends HPV Vaccination for Boys
  3. UK: HRH The Prince of Wales is announced as College of Medicine Patron
  4. GERMANY: Doctors Pay for Positive On-Line Reviews
  5. TURKEY: Measles Cases Quadrupled in 2019
  6. INTERNATIONAL: Anti-Vaxxer has Made Millions on Natural Health Products
  7. NETHERLANDS: Supreme court rules demand for climate action

0:45:25 REALLY RIGHT
A List of Things in 2019 That Made the World a Better Place

0:52:50 QUOTE AND FAREWELL
“To explain all nature is too difficult a task for any one man or even for any one age. ‘Tis much better to do a little with certainty, & leave the rest for others that come after you, than to explain all things by conjecture without making sure of any thing.”
(Statement from unpublished notes for the ‘Preface to Opticks’ (1704) quoted in ‘Never at Rest: A Biography of Isaac Newton’ from 1983 by Richard S. Westfall)
/ Sir Isaac Newton, (25 December 1642 – 20 March 1726/27), English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, theologian and author /

0:55:25 OUTRO

0:56:40 OUT-TAKES

TheESP – Ep. #199 – Life’s too fun!

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This week Claire Kroulik-Klingenberg joins Jelena and Pontus for the 199th episode – we’re into our fifth year, folks!
In This week in Skepticism, Jelena tells the story of how a young pre-Sherlock-Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle fictionalized the real story of a ghost ship, creating a modern legend. Pontus Pokes the Pope and goes through some of the main on-going abuse scandals, while Francis himself celebrate with lasagne.
In the news we learn about good news for Skeptic Pepijn van Erp, we also hear that institutionalized sex abuse happens also in the Church of England and that an American church causes two deaths in Latvia.
The Good Thinking Society scores two wins this week, both regarding ear candling and homeopathy and we again establish that the Swedish Free School system very often is a front for religious indoctrination.
Measles may be on the decline in Europe, but is continuing to create disasters with thousands of deaths in the Democratic Republic of Congo and a state of emergency declared in Samoa, where 1.5% of the total population has been infected, a number that is rising exponentially (as we release this it is more like 2%).
A recent Swedish court case renews the discussions about assisted deaths. Despite some serious topics in this episode we finish off with a bit lighter Really Wrong Award that we hand out to Dr Cameron Sepah, who for some reason believes we all need to make our lives more boring. It’s called Dopamine Fasting.
Enjoy!

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

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

0:00:27 Intro

0:00:53 Greetings

We welcome Claire back and struggle to pronounce her new surname. Also thanks to all who sent us such good feed back regarding the last episode with Lydia Finch!

0:03:19 This Week in Skepticism – the Marie Celeste Ghost Ship

On 4 December 1872, the Ghost ship Mary Celeste was found abandoned by all crew. A couple of years later a promising young author called Arthur Conan Doyle (later Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) published a fictionalized account of the event , changing the spelling of the name of the ship slightly. This was taken as a true story and was the start not only of a brilliant writing career but also a legend and a myth that has intrigued and inspired ever since.

0:06:58 Pontus Pokes the Pope – The Abuse Stories Pile Up while Francis Eats More Lasagne

We line up four of the on-going sex abuse scandals and conclude that Francis rather eats lasagne.

0:12:05 Radio Spot – the Skeptic Zone

0:12:35 News

THE NETHERLANDS: Pepijn van Erp Wins Lawsuit over book review

UK: Abuse in the Church of England

LATVIA: Religious Fanatics: Child and Mother Die in Terrible Childbirth in Jelgava

UK: Good Thinking Society Fights Ear Candling

SWEDEN: More Free School Madness: Antisemitism and Scientology

INTERNATIONAL: Measles – 5,000 dead in DR Congo plus disaster in Samoa

INTERNATIONAL: Andrew Wakefield’s Fraudulent Retracted Paper Cited >1000 times

SWEDEN: Assisted Suicide Conviction Appealed

UK: BBC Upholds Good Thinking Society’s complaint against homeopathy item

0:51:18 Really Wrong: Dopamine Fasting: The Silliest Thing We’ve Heard in a Long Time

0:54:23 Quote and Farewell

“I just finally discovered what’s wrong with my brain – on the left side there’s nothing right, and on the right side there’s nothing left”
/ Anonymous /

0:55:33 Outro

0:56:48 Out-takes

Ep. #135 – ET healing, first contact in Germany, wet cupping, plus religion

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

Show Notes:
00:00:27 Greetings

While unfortunately Jelena is not present, this week we talk about an ET healer in the Netherlands before we share the latest updates on measles. The comes the outrageous fact that Germany has no official plan for a first contact situation and how religious taboos can cause trouble. El escéptico’s 50th issue is out now, while wet cupping is gaining ground in Amsterdam. Also, the pope gets poked again while pastafarianism doesn’t get recognised as a religion.

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

00:11:50 Skeptical News

NETHERLANDS: “ET Healer” not prosecuted for possible contribution to suicide

UK: Royal homeopath dies in a bicyle accident

INTERNATIONAL: MEASLES UPDATE: Finally it makes the news (but the reported numbers are too low)

GERMANY: No preparations for alien landing situations

SWITZERLAND: Muslim couple denied Swiss citizenship over handshake refusal

SPAIN: Issue #50 of El Esceptico to be released

NETHERLANDS: Wet Cupping on the rise in Amsterdam

NETHERLANDS: Pastafarianism “not a religion” – rules Dutch court

00:30:50 Pontus Pokes the Pope: Frankie boy cannot handle the scandal

00:35:16 Really Right: Greta Thunberg, 15, takes a stand for climate

00:40:59 Farewell and Quote

“Of a number of variant hypotheses about the same facts, that one is true which shows why facts, which in the other hypotheses remain unrelated, are as they are, i.e., which demonstrates their orderly and rational mathematical connexion.”

/Johannes Kepler German astronomer and astrologer/

00:42:20 Outro

00:43:35 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #117 – Attack on our website, great minds, MMS, apitherapy and other quackeries

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

Show Notes:
00:00:27 Greetings

00:06:40 This Week in Skepticism

00:14:47 Skeptical News

00:40:59 Really Wrong

00:47:04 Quote

“If many a man did not feel obliged to repeat what is untrue, because he has said it once, the world would have been quite different.”
/Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet, writer and philosopher/

00:48:22 Outro

00:49:37 Out-takes

Episode #052

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This is a shorter episode with no long interview, but 3 shorter ones, along with the usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week.
The last run of QED reports is featured on this episode (with Lukasz Sobala, Catherine de Jong and Ralf Neugebauer) and Pontus recorded a short interview with Louise Hansare at Malmö Skeptics in the Pub, talking about sniffer dogs and how much their abilities are exaggerated.
Segments:
Introduction and greetings; Events in Europe; Short interviews from QED; Short interview with Louise Hansare; Outro
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
00:00:26
Introduction and greetings
00:07:00
Events in Europe
00:13:21
QED interviews
  • Lukasz Sobala from Poland
  • Catherine de Jong from the Netherlands
  • Ralf Neugebauer from Germany
00:19:26
Interview with Louise Hansare about sniffer dogs
00:30:50
Farewell
00:32:02
Outro
 
00:33:17
Out-takes