TheESP – Ep. #224 – An AntivaxxiNational crisis


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This week Pontus and Andras try their best to keep your spirit up while talking about the saddening advent of conspiracy theories and an ever growing antivaccination sentiment.
We talk about the great and controversial scientist, the father of glaciology, Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz, try to make sense of the Pope’s latest actions as part of the Vatican’s financial reform, bring you a bit of the latest analyses of the COVID-19 situation and lots of news:
– A church congregation in Frankfurt becomes a virus hotspot
– Sweden’s approach looks very different when under the microscope
– Are we loosing against the antivaccination movement?
– Homeopathy International sneakily advises people to take homeopathic products
– Italian MP calls for the arrest of Bill Gates
– Nearlf half of tweets about COVID-19 likely come from bots
– “5GBioShield” hits the market
– WHO report says 80 million children not vaccinated because of COVID-19
– Hungarian snake oil salesman under scrutiny by Competition Authority

The Romanian Ministry of Health gets this week’s Really Wrong Price for failing to provide the necessary vaccination information and immunize the public against measles.

Enjoy!

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; Pontus Pokes the Pope; COVID-19 Update; News; Really Wrong; Quote and Farewell; Outro

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

0:00:27 INTRO

0:00:50 GREETINGS

0:06:41 This Week in Skepticism
Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (May 28, 1807) – Swiss-American biologist and geologist, founder of glaciology – and creatinist

0:15:05 PONTUS POKES THE POPE
Francis is back on St Peter’s Square, plus he’s starting to consolidate the fortunes of the Church

0:20:06 COVID-19 Update

0:40:41 NEWS

  1. INTERNATIONAL/UK: Homeopathy International – giving advice on what product to take against Coronavirus
  2. ITALY: MP calling for the arrest of Bill Gates and spreading conspiracy theories
  3. INTERNATIONAL: Nearly half of accounts tweeting about Covid-19 are likely bots
  4. UK: 5G bioshield hitting the market
  5. INTERNATIONAL: WHO – at least 80 million children not vaccinated because of COVID-19
  6. HUNGARY: Competition authority scrutinising snake oil salesman

0:59:52 REALLY WRONG
Romanian Ministry of Health failing regarding vaccination information

1:02:39 The Skeptic Zone Ad

1:03:17 Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia Ad

1:04:58 QUOTE AND FAREWELL

“The facts will eventually test all our theories, and they form, after all, the only impartial jury to which we can appeal.”
/Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz/

1:05:57 OUTRO

TheESP – Ep. #222 – Susan Gerbic, Wikipedia & changing the world page by page

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This week our team welcomes Susan Gerbic back to the show to talk about her and Mark Edward’s sting operations to reveal psychics and their techniques in conning people and why Wikipedia is probably the most important asset in the hands of skeptics in the never-ending fight against pseudoscience and quackery. And this is also a call for new editors from around the world to join the international team she leads, Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia.

Enjoy!

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; Interview with Susan Gerbic; Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

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

0:00:27 INTRO

0:00:49 GREETINGS

Maddox Prize nominations

0:04:18 INTERVIEW with SUSAN GERBIC

Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (GSoW):

0:56:37 FAREWELL

0:59:05 OUTRO

01:00:19 OUT-TAKES

TheESP – Ep. #140 – Massimo Polidoro and CICAP Fest 2018

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This week we welcome Massimo Polidoro back to our show. This time he tells us about how the latest edition of CICAPFest went (it was a great success in Padova, Italy). We also asked him about his upcoming books and more.
We also announced our participation in QED where we will record our first ever live show on the Podcast Track in Manchester. Stay tuned!

Please also check out our event page at https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; Interview; Farewell; Outro; GSoW radio ad

Show notes:

00:00:07: Intro

00:00:59: Greetings

00:04:34: Interview with Massimo Polidoro

00:36:37: Farewell

00:39:47: Outro

00:41:02: Out-takes

Episode #076, feat. Susan Gerbic

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Susan Gerbic

This week’s episode is dedicated to our latest interview with Susan Gerbic, the Wikipediatrician, who’s the leader of the international project called Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia. We talked about what’s new, how people can join and help the movement and what public engagements Susan has in the coming months.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Susan Gerbic; Farewell; Out-takes

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:37
Greetings & feedback

Please, visit our ‘Events in Europe’ page to see what’s going on across the continent in skepticism.

00:11:57
Interview with Susan Gerbic

00:54:29
Farewell

00:55:58

00:56:41
Outro

00:57:56
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 #066, feat. Hayley Stevens

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Hayley Stevens

This week we interviewed award-winning blogger and paranormal investigator Hayley Stevens. We talked about becoming a skeptic after believing, how applying the right way of thinking and the best methods can help us understand how people think, what she thinks of Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia and what the nicest approach to debating people might be.

Segments

Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Hayley Stevens; Farewell; Out-takes

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:34
Greetings & feedback

Please, visit our ‘Events in Europe’ page to see what’s going on across the continent in skepticism.

00:06:30
Interview with Hayley Stevens

00:55:31
Farewell

00:57:24
Outro

00:58:39
Out-takes

Episode #061

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This week we are talking about well known quack and discredited doctor Andrew Wakefield and his campaign promoting ‘Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe’, a pseudo-documentary that promotes the false idea of vaccines causing autism and then many other things.

If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; This Week in Skepticism; Skeptical News; Analysis; Really Right; Quote

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:26
Greetings & feedback

00:10:05
This Week in Skepticism
Galileo Galilei, the father of mothern science.

00:20:39
Skeptical News

  1. Hungarian fitness guru and his crusade against sugar has turned even more absurd
  2. Sweden Democrat opposes local bicycle plan – because heavy breathing is not environmentally friendly
  3. Robert Young (author of ‘The pH Miracle’) charged over death of cancer patient.
  4. Russian Academy of Sciences denounces homeopathy
  5. Wikipedia editors decide The Daily Mail should not be used as a reference in articles

00:38:20
Analysis: How different countries across Europe set out to tackle the problem of fake news.

00:51:14
Really Wrong
Really Right: Prof Hans Rosling for educating the world with facts

01:00:07
Quote
“You look at science (or at least talk of it) as some sort of demoralising invention of man, something apart from real life, and which must be cautiously guarded and kept separate from everyday existence. But science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.” /Rosalind Franklin, English chemist and X-ray christallographer/

01:01:55
Outro

01:03:10
Out-takes

 

 

Episode #057

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With minor changes having taken effect in the segments of our podcast, here we are with a new episode on which we talked about an Italian psychic, Facebook taking on fake news, Science Busters releasing the video featuring James Randi, Wikipedia vs Acupuncturist, Swedish skeptical awards announced and Retraction Watch having had a great year!

If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; This Week in Skepticism; Skeptical News; Logical Fallacy; Really Wrong; Quote

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:36
Greetings & feedback

00:05:22
This Week in Skepticism
21st January 1854 – Eusapia Palladino, Italian spiritualist physical medium.

00:17:54
Skeptical News

  1. Facebook Takes on Fake News
  2. Science Buster Spezial: James Randi and the Heinz Oberhummer Award 2016
  3. Wikipedia vs Acupuncturist
  4. Swedish Skeptics announce yearly awards
  5. Retraction Watch year-end review

00:42:25
Logical Fallacy: Tokenism

00:48:37
Really Wrong
Swedish Democrats denying climate change

00:59:28
Radio Spots

01:00:57
Quote
“The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of the planter — for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way. He lives and labors and hopes.”
/Nikola Tesla – Serbian-American inventor, engineer/

01:01:27
Outro

01:02:42
Out-takes

Episode #056, feat. Richard Saunders

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Richard Saunders
(The photo was taken by Susan Gerbic at the New Zealand Skeptic conference in 2016 and is used under CC BY-SA 4.0 licence)

This week we interview Richard Saunders, international podcaster and skeptical activist from Australia. We also present some changes to the format of the show based on the listener survey.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Richard Saunders; Goodbye; Out-takes

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:28
Greetings & feedback
Skeptic Events Calendar

00:07:41
Interview with Richard Saunders

00:36:29
Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia

00:37:21
Farewell

00:38:12
Outro

00:39:27
Out-takes