TheESP – Ep. #258 – Small Evil vs. Big Evil

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This week Annika has got some real nutty advice in the mail. She has also made a cameo on the Skeptic Zone, check it out!. Things are flying in the air, in Norway it was a meteor (landing as a meteor-ite, thank you very much) and in Sweden it was a real(?) UFO!
Rudolph II (“Holy Roman Emperor, Batman!”) died in 1612, but his contribution to our understanding of the universe lives on. Pope Francis’ bishops are dropping like flies as if God doesn’t exist, we get a Covid-19 update and then it’s time for us to look at the news:

  • The COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Handbook by S. Lewandowsky
  • Antivaxxers minority but very loud
  • The journal Nature retracts paper linking BMI with honesty
  • Talk to me – Corona Edition, App launched in English and German
  • Wikipedia just turned 20
  • EFSA approves mealworms as human food
  • Consultation launched over gene edited food in England
  • Our forests on track to reaching a tipping point
  • Fake doctor withdraws from lawsuit

We finish with a Really Wrong Award going to the Irish Commission to investigate the infamous Mother-and-Baby homes.

Enjoy!

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

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

0:00:26 INTRO

0:00:51 GREETINGS

0:10:36 THIS WEEK IN SKEPTICISM

0:17:08 PONTUS POKES THE POPE

0:24:33 COVID UPDATE

0:33:24 NEWS

1:02:20 REALLY WRONG

1:06:15 QUOTE AND FAREWELL

“We never stop investigating. We are never satisfied that we know enough to get by. Every question we answer leads on to another question. This has become the greatest survival trick of our species.”

/ Desmond Morris (24 January 1928 – ), British Zoologist, author of The Naked Ape (1967) /

1:07:52 OUTRO

1:09:07 OUT-TAKES

TheESP – Ep.#251 – 1st of the Next 250


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This week we reflect a on the new vaccines that are coming. Annika sings(!) to celebrate the quiz performance of Pontus, Brian and Claire last week and then she tells us about a memorial for fallen aliens, announced ten years ago this week. Pontus Pokes the Pope for a whole lot of serious things and for liking a sexy butt on his Instagram account. Then we get into the news:

  • Patriarch Irinej and his Darwin-Award worthy story
  • New book out about teaching biology in schools with health education and skepticism
  • The Debunking Handbook 2020 – German translation now available
  • French debate about making covid-vaccination mandatory
  • Darwin’s notebooks reported stolen from Cambridge University Library
  • German Green Party no longer backs homeopathy
  • World Wild Web – A new critical thinking game
  • Spanish Government to decide what is harmful fake news
  • Portuguese court rules based on misunderstanding science of covid tests
  • Surprisingly, acupuncture is useless for people recovering from breast surgery
  • No, Danish study doesn’t show masks are useless

Also, the stupid (and very expensive) “Qi-tech” devices get this week’s Really Wrong award.

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

0:00:52 GREETINGS

0:13:22 THIS WEEK IN SKEPTICISM

  • On 2 December 2010 the Ukrainian newspaper “Бердичiв дiловий” (“Business Berdichev”) announced that group of UFOlogists decided to build a memorial to fallen aliens

0:17:15 PONTUS POKES THE POPE

0:28:39 NEWS

1:02:23 REALLY WRONG

1:07:53 QUOTE AND FAREWELL
“False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often long endure; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, as every one takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness; and when this is done, one path towards error is closed and the road to truth is often at the same time opened.”
/ Charles Darwin (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882), English naturalist, geologist and biologist /

1:09:50 OUTRO

1:11:04 OUT-TAKES

TheESP – Ep. #197 – Deadly Chiro-Practices

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This week we welcome Brian back for an unprecedented two-weeks-in-a-row appearance and then we dive into how the Piltdown Man hoax went undetected for many years, but was revealed this week 66 years ago. Then we poke the pope for trying to put the blame for his sex abuse scandals on Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, while Cardinal Pell, believe in or not, may get one more day in court.
In the news we find we still have to explain why you should NOT go to a chiropractor because not only is chiropractic total pseudoscience, it’s also occasionally deadly. In happier news an Ebola vaccine is finally here and has been approved in the EU, where coincidentally, being it due to vaccinations or not, the measles epidemic finally shows signs to be receding. Nevertheless, the measles vaccine is now mandatory in Germany.
In Venice the recent floods are devastating but is it climate change or is it just that building a city out in the water is a bad idea? Speaking of water, did holy water from Lourdes save Shakira’s voice? And will Golden Rice finally be approved in Bangladesh? So many questions, and only the ESP experience to sort it all out!
Finally, the State Government of Bavaria is taking stupid to a new level when trying to fight multi-resistant bacteria with homeopathy and that earns them a place in the Really Wrong hall of fame.
Enjoy!

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; 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

We welcome Brian Eggo back yet again(!) and chat with him about the Glasgow Skeptics 10-anniversary last week and what’s coming up next (spoiler: Matt Dillahunty!).

0:05:53 This Week in Skepticism – Piltdown Man

On 21 November 1953 the Piltdown Man, a skull regarded as one of the most important missing links between apes and man, was publicly announced to be a hoax.

0:12:14 Pontus Pokes the Pope – “Beware of Children’s Access to Porn!” Says Leader of the World’s Largest Paedophile Ring – plus: Last Bell for Pell

Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google and other tech companies should protect children from sex say Francis, implying that they may otherwise seduce his priests. And believe it or not Cardinal Pell will have another chance to plead for his innocence.

0:18:28 News

UK: Broken neck from Chiropractic Treatment

EUROPE: Ebola Vaccine Approved by EU

EUROPE: Measles update as of October

GERMANY: Measles Vaccinations Now Mandatory

ITALY: Venice Flooded – Mayor Claims It is Due to Climate Change

FRANCE (SPAIN): Shakira went to Lourdes to get her voice back

INTERNATIONAL: Bangladesh (Expected?) to Approve Golden Rice

0:50:27 Really Wrong: The Bavarian State Government wants to fight multi-resistance with – Homeopathy!

0:54:07 Quote and Farewell

“For to be possessed of a vigorous mind is not enough; the prime requisite is rightly to apply it. The greatest minds, as they are capable of the highest excellence, are open likewise to the greatest aberrations; and those who travel very slowly may yet make far greater progress, provided they keep always to the straight road, than those who, while they run, forsake it”
/ René Decartes, 31 March 1596 – 11 February 1650, French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist /

0:55:48 Outro

0:57:03 Out-takes

Episode #062, feat. Michael Marshall and Fiona O’Leary

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This episode is entirely dedicated to one topic, which is the latest wrongdoings of the antivaccination campaign, namely the screenings of the pseudo-documentary “Vaxxed – From Cover-up to Catastrophy”.
Our guests, with whom we discussed this issue were Michael Marshall, project director at the Good Thinking Society and activist Fiona O’Leary, founder of Autistic Rights Together.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Michael Marshall; Interview with Fiona O’Leary; Farewell; Out-takes

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:35
Greetings & feedback

00:05:36
Interview with Michael Marshall

00:29:07
Interview with Fiona O’Leary

01:07:49
Farewell

01:10:25
Outro

01:11:40
Out-takes