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

Episode #081

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This week Jelena and Andras explore the world of skeptical conferences like CICAPFest, the European Skeptics Congress and Skeptics on the Fringe in Edinburgh.
The Loch Ness Monster, the death of Ryke Geerd Hamer (NGM) are also talked about, as well as another country joining the compulsory vaccination club, cancer quack in action again in Hungary, the Familiarity Backfire Effect revised and evolution forced out of Turkey schools.
Also, don’t forget that nominations for the Maddox Prize 2017 are still open!

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. James Randi officially announced to be a guest at CICAPFest 2017
  2. The 17th European Skeptics Congress in Wroclaw, Poland
  3. Skeptics on the Fringe in Edinburgh
  4. If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

00:06:00
This Week in Skepticism
The Stuart photograph at Loch Ness (14th July 1951)

00:11:57
Skeptical News

  1. GERMANY: Ryke Geerd Hamer is dead
  2. FRANCE: France to follow fellow European countries in making vaccinations mandatory
  3. HUNGARY: Convicted quack launches TV show
  4. SPAIN: A valuable international skeptic network rarely talked about, yet around for 15 years
  5. INTERNATIONAL: New research reveals the backfire effect might not be that much of a problem
  6. UK: Nominations for the Maddox Prize open until 31st July

00:35:03
Really Wrong:

Turkey for making schools stop teaching evolution

00:39:43
Skeptical Ads

00:41:23
Quote

“Modest doubt is call’d the beacon of the wise.”
/William Shakespeare/

00:43:27
Outro

00:44:42
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 #051

 
This time our team is joined by foreign liaison of the Czech Skeptics Club Sisyfos, Claire Klingenberg who talks about the 17th European Skeptics Congress. Then we talk events, quacks, UFOs, OpenTrialsFDA, Santa and much more. Also, our next QED-report features science educator and host of Talk Nerdy and the SGU, Cara Santa Maria.
 
Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; On this day; What’s on in Europe?; What’s hot in Europe?; QED report; Really Wrong; Quote
 
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
 
00:00:26
Greetings & feedback
00:14:35
On This Day: 5th December 1952 
The Great Smog of London
00:19:23
What’s on in Europe?
00:24:43
Hot in Europe
  1. The “Viral Monitor”
  2. Don’t tell children Santa exists?
  3. Society of Homeopaths to challenge the Advertising Standards Authority
  4. Death by acupuncture in Norway
  5. UFO hoax – alien invasion of Turkey (and other places)
  6. OpenTrialsFDA finalist for the Open Science Prize
00:57:15
QED-report – Cara Santa Maria
01:14:06
Really Wrong
Chinese “healer” Xiao Hongchi charged for manslaughter in the UK
 
01:21:36
Quote
“In other studies you go as far as others have gone before you, and there is nothing more to know; but in a scientific pursuit there is continual food for discovery and wonder.
/Mary Shelley, English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein/
 
01:23:00
Outro
 
01:24:14
Out-takes