TheESP – Ep #217 – Online skepticism vs politics and miracles

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ECSO President Claire Kraulik-Klingenberg joins us for this week’s episode to bring you news and topics from all over the continent.
Skeptics in the Pub Online is now a thing, popping up everywhere, while power grabbing by authoritarian governments seems to be the new, concerning trend.
We talk about whether Alfred Nobel read his own premature obituary, prompting him to start the awards named after him.
Then poor Pope Francis’ struggles are discussed while more Covid-19 magic is coming from Turin.
In the news, religious bullshit spread by the government in Israel, President Lukashenko of Belarus claiming a vodka a day keeps the virus away, Prince Charles not using homeopathy as a cure against COVID-19, Sense About Science calling upon the government for more transparency in their actions against the pandemic, extra caution needed in times of increased online activities, plus the Portugese skeptics’ Flying Unicorn Award categories explained. Also, conspiracy theories linking 5G to COVID-19 on the rise, while the German skeptics launch a page explaining COVID-related myths.
The alt-right website Samhällsnytt gets this week’s Really Wrong prize for claiming the Swedish health authorities are implementing “death forms”.

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

0:00:51 GREETINGS

0:14:02 THIS WEEK IN SKEPTICISM
On 12 April 1888, a French newspaper allegedly published an obituary for Albert Nobel, inventor of dynamite, calling him “”a merchant of death.”, prompting Mr Nobel to launch his esteemed award.

0:21:20 PONTUS POKES THE POPE
The War on Pope Francis, plus more Covid-19 Magic 

0:27:40 NEWS

  1. INTERNATIONAL: COVID-19 update
  2. ISRAEL: Religious bullshit spread by the government 
  3. BELARUS: President Lukashenko Claims Ice Hockey and Vodka Keeps covid-19 Away
  4. UK: Prince Charles’ office refutes AYUSH minister Naik’s Ayurveda curing Covid-19 claims
  5. UK: Sense About Science calls upon the government for transparency and an evidence-based approach
  6. INTERNATIONAL: The rise of opportunistic actions online
  7. PORTUGAL: The Flying Unicorn Award
  8. UK: Conspiracy Theories Linking 5G with Covid-19
  9. GERMANY: The GWUP website now features a list of COVID-19 myths

1:05:52 REALLY WRONG
Alt-right web site claims Swedish health authorities are implementing “death forms”

1:15:05 QUOTE AND FAREWELL

“I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it.”
/Thomas Paine, English-born American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary./

1:17:58 OUTRO

1:19:13 OUT-TAKES

Ep. #143 – QED Live Recording with Claire Klingenberg, Brian Eggo and Jay Novella

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

This episode is the first of its kind as it is the live recording from QED 2018 that happened in Manchester in the middle of October. In the unfortunate abscence of Jelena, Pontus and András are joined by Claire Klingenberg, Brian Eggo and Jay Novella to discuss local confectionery, booze and topics like the Shroud of Turin, Leukemia and how a new finding can lead to sensational but untrue headlines, a Danish cancer quack that sites his long deceased patients as his success stories, a couple of good news from Portugal and a student essay competition initiated by the University of Szeged to encourage critical thinking.
Of course, the pope gets poked again and Smirnoff gets the price for being Really Wrong in playing the non-GMO & gluten-free cards…

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

Show Notes:
Greetings

This Week in Skepticism: 14 October 1988 – media conference – Shroud of Turin radiocarbon date revealed and it turned out to be a medieval hoax.

Skeptical News

INTERNATIONAL: A new discovery with the potential to boost sensationalistic headlines

DENMARK: A cancer quack that still cites his patients as his success stories after they had died while he’d been treating them

PORTUGAL: Good and bad news

HUNGARY: Prestigious university calls for short essays written by students 15-18 years of age on a popular quackery and why it doesn’t hold water

Pontus Pokes the Pope

Sir Francis comparing abortion to hiring a trained killer while blaming the devil for church scandals

Really Wrong: Smirnoff advertising gluten-free, non-GMO vodka

Quote and Farewell

“The basics are knowing which small steps to take – you can’t start out planning world salvation from the get go. You have to be ready to do gruelling work. You have to find role models, who will teach you how to think better. You can’t always trust what you believe yourself. Every truth starts off as a delusion. It can only become truth after it is critiqued.”
/Ladislav Hromadka, Czech Philosopher/

Outro

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

Episode #78, feat. Luigi Garlaschelli

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This week’s episode is dedicated to our interview with Italian chemist, skeptic and paranormal investigator Luigi Garlaschelli, who has investigated and debunked many miraculous claims, including weeping Madonnas, stigmata, the blood of San Gennaro and the Shroud of Turin.

Andras also announces a road trip between the 17th European Skeptics Congress in Wroclaw, Poland and CICAPfest2017 in Cesena, Italy in September 2017.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Luigi Garlaschelli; Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:37
Greetings & feedback

Andras announces a European road trip between the 17th European Skeptics Congress in Wroclaw, Poland and CICAPfest2017 in Cesena, Italy in September 2017. Please get in touch if you would like to meet Andras, have him and Susan Gerbic for a talk at the local Skeptic’s in the Pub meeting. Please, visit our ‘Events in Europe’ page to see what’s going on across the continent in skepticism. More details to follow.

00:10:31
Interview with Luigi Garlaschelli

00:58:32
Farewell

01:01:46
Outro

01:03:01
Out-takes