TheESP – Ep. #211 – Dinosaurs in the Garden of Eden

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This week we talk about the John Maddox Prize, the BBC’s new show series about Greta Thunberg and about Darren Brown, born on this day in 1971. Pontus Pokes the Pope and finally we get Francis’ take on celibacy in the Amazon (or do we?), and of course the highlights from the latest sex abuse scandals.
In the news we hear the latest regarding the CoViD-19 Coronavirus, more details about dangerous measles complications and check how much of the climate change debate that are driven by twitter-bots. The latest mass shooting in Germany shows that conspiracy theories are not something to take lightly, the Hungarian government sponsors creationist nonsense, Jeff Bezos finally announces some philanthropic activity and Scandinavian tele company Telenor launches HiperSchool in Hungary, a tool to teach young people how to handle Internet misinformation.
We end by handing a Really Right Award to the DA! art competition, arranged by Giordano Bruno Foundation and Natalie Grams.
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

0:00:51 GREETINGS

Nominations for the John Maddox Prize open soon, Greta Thunberg gets her ‘own’ TV show on the BBC.

0:11:18 THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
Derren Brown was borne on 27 February 1971.

0:15:44 PONTUS POKES THE POPE – No Hanky-panky in the Jungle Please, We’re Catholic
Frankie did in the end not dare to let go of the celibacy rules in the Amazon. Also, Jean Varnier, founder of Catholic charity l’Arche abused at least six different women and de-frocked Cardinal McCarrick sent almost $1 million to a cult known for sex abuse (and no one knows where he is now).

0:31:14 NEWS

1:02:10 REALLY RIGHT
GERMANY: DA! art Prize Focusing on Pseudoscience with this Year’s Patron – Natalie Grams

1:08:06 QUOTE AND FAREWELL
“If nature leads us to mathematical forms of great simplicity and beauty—by forms I am referring to coherent systems of hypothesis, axioms, etc.—to forms that no one has previously encountered, we cannot help thinking that they are “true,” that they reveal a genuine feature of nature…”
/ Werner Karl Heisenberg, German physicist, Nobel laureate, and one of the founders of the field of quantum mechanics /

1:09:50 OUTRO

1:11:05 OUT-TAKES

TheESP – Ep. #194 – Polio: Two Down, One to Go

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First: A big shout-out to fellow skeptics Claire and Jakub who are getting married on the day of the release of this episode!

This week we learn about William Benjamin Carpenter, an early skeptic and describer of the Ideomotor effect, back in 1870s. Then we ponder the results of the Synod for the Amazon and what decisions Pope Francis will have to make of those. Also, the renewal of the Pact of the Catacombs sounds perfect for the week of Halloween…
In the news we look at a study regarding mandatory vs. voluntary vaccinations, we note that even if you are a Shaman and married to a Princess you may not publish dangerous health advice and we have a look at the latest unfortunate victim of German cancer quackery.
We celebrate that two out of three polio strains are now eradicated and take a look at a new example of how to battle conspiracy theories, and are happy to see the Good Thinking Society help the chief of the NHS put homeopathy awareness on the agenda (and on the front page of the Daily Mail!)
We close the show by handing a Really Wrong Award to Adriano Panzironi, self-proclaimed diet and supplement peddler who promise to help you live to 120 (at a steep fee, of course…)
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

0:00:51 Greetings

The full team is back together and send all their best to Claire Klingenberg and Jakub Kroulík who get married as this goes out on 31 October! Congratulations, we wish you all the best!
(Claire is of course the President of ECSO (the European Council of Skeptical Organizations) and occasional co-host of theESP)

0:04:09 This Week in Skepticism

William Benjamin Carpenter, born on 29 October 1813, was an English Physician, zoologist, physiologist and a skeptic. He described and named the Ideomotor Phenomenon, sometimes known as the Carpenter Effect.

0:08:48 Pontus Pokes the Pope – the Results of the Synod: Francis has the ball now

The Synod for the Amazon, which will be remembered as part of Francis legacy, votes in approval of married priests, female deacons and special rites in the Amazon (and only there). These are quite novel concepts for the Church and the question is now what Francis will do about it. Also, some bishops sneaked away to the catacombs to sign a pact

0:15:51 News

INTERNATIONAL: Voluntary vs mandatory vaccination policies and how people relate to them under different circumstances

NORWAY: Book of princess’ shaman boyfriend is stopped by publishers

UK: Leah Bracknell (1964-2019): another victim of cancer quackery?

INTERNATIONAL: Two Out of Three Strains of Polio Eradicated

GERMANY: The German Amadeu Antonio Stiftung publishes a new brochure on how to make sense of conspiracy theories

UK: Chief of NHS calls for de-listing of Society of Homeopathy from Professional Standards Authority (PSA)

00:37:00 Really Wrong: Adriano Panzironi claims his diets and supplements cure cancer and make you 120 years old

00:42:25 Quote and Farewell

“Believe what you like, but don’t believe everything you read without questioning it.”

/ Pauline Diana Baynes, 9 September 1922 – 1 August 2008. English illustrator, author and commercial artist /

00:43:07 Outro

00:44:22 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #191 – No dick, no vote

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This week we declare that we’re fans of Brian Cox and we deliberate some more on the book ‘Shoot for the Moon’ by Richard Wiseman (see ep. 190) and how we can apply the lessons learned from Apollo in our skeptical endeavors.
We then look into the soap opera that is the currently ongoing Synod in Rome that has created a big controversy for Francis, even before it has begun (and in addition he insists you need a dick to vote on the outcome). That is a developing story that we absolutely will come back to in the upcoming weeks.
Massimo Polidoro (see ep. 189) has yet another new book out AND has launched a new YouTube channel. Does the man never sleep? We take a look at why Greta Thunberg is constantly attacked, and our message is that if she gets on your nerves you should listen to what she says, not how she may make you feel.
The Swedish liberal Centre Party takes a very controversial stand against male circumcision and the World Health Organization has issued new recommendations regarding flu vaccinations.
We end the show with a deep dive into the climate change debate, handing out both a Really Wrong Award to the Climate Intelligence Foundation and a Really Right to the site Climatefeedback.org.
Enjoy!

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

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

0:00:27 Intro

0:00:49 Greetings

We talk about Brian Cox on tour and some more about Richard Wiseman’s book Shoot for the Moon)

0:08:14 Pontus Pokes the Pope – Synod for the Amazon 

Married Priests? Only in the Jungle…

0:15:17 News

ITALY: Massimo Polidoro has a new book out, plus a new YouTube channel!

INTERNATIONAL: Attacks on Greta Thunberg

SWEDEN: Political party votes for ban of circumcision – but leader asks everyone to ignore it

INTERNATIONAL: WHO recommendations regarding flu vaccine

00:36:48 Really Wrong and Really Right: To Climate Intelligence Foundation for the letter signed by “500 scientists” and to Climatefeedback.org for setting things straight

00:46:53 Quote and Goodbye

“If we [humans] disappeared overnight, the world would probably be better off […] It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty, the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”
/ Sir David Attenborough, born 8 May 1926, English broadcaster and natural historian /

00:52:25 Outro

00:53:40 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #187 – Antibiotic Resistance Worse Than Climate Change?

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This week we celebrate the birthday of the ‘Ask for Evidence’ campaign, the Pope gets stuck in an elevator and we debunk three myths about the Amazon forest fires.
Counterfeit Medicine is a growing threat to society, even more European countries lose their status a s ‘measles free’ and there are still repercussions in Sweden of the Macchiarini scandal in 2015.
Yoga may be good for preventing cardiovascular problem (but there are many questions still), what used to be the highest peak in Sweden has melted and is now number two and some say antibiotic resistance could be worse than climate change.
We finish off by awarding the BBC a Really Wrong award for thinking scientists believe Nessie could be a big eel.

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

00:00:27 Intro

00:00:51 Greetings

Next week we promise we will have more interviews from ESC 2019. The Swedish Skeptics (VoF) want everyone to come and meet them at the Gothenburg Book Fair, don’t be shy! If you want to volunteer please get in touch.

00:06:44 This Week in Skepticism

Ask for evidence campaign was launched 14 September 2011

00:08:58 Pontus Pokes the Pope – Stuck in an elevator, appointing new cardinals.

00:13:20 Skeptical News

THE AMAZON: Three myths about the Amazon forest fires

SWEDEN: Counterfeit medicine an increasing threat to society

EUROPE: Measles update: Albania, Czech Republic and Greece and UK

SWEDEN: Macchiarini update: Government suggests new rules to ensure ethical research

INTERNATIONAL: Who says it’s all negative? The addition of yoga to aerobic exercise programs reduces global cardiovascular risk (maybe)

SWEDEN: Highest mountain in Sweden has lost 15 meters since the 70s

UK: ‘Antibiotic resistance could kill us before climate change,’ says UK health chief

00:32:26 Really Wrong: To the BBC for stupid Loch Ness article

00:35:21 Quote and Goodbye

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”
/ Aristotle, 384–322 BC, Greek philosopher /

00:36:39 Outro

00:37:54 Out-takes