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The European Skeptics Podcast is a project in support of the skeptic movement across Europe, by providing a forum for all national and international organisations and initiatives, relevant to science and skepticism.

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    TheESP – Ep. #301 – mRNA vaccines are NOT gene therapy

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 61:30

    We're back in the saddle for another 300! Before we start today we reflect on the COP26 fiasco, celebrate the recent golden thin-foil hat award and the Russians' latest adventures in space. Also don't miss next week's SiTP Online with Richards Saunders! (Pontus to moderate). This week marks the 162nd anniversary of Darwin's On the Origins of Species and Joe Biden can still it the holy crackers. Then we go into the news: AUSTRIA: Country goes on a nationwide lockdown and announces the coming of vaccine mandates GERMANY: Covid numbers soaring GERMANY: Jens Spahn says Germans will be ‘vaccinated, cured or dead' by the end of winter GERMANY: Bayer president wrongly calls mRNA vaccines GeneTherapy, feeding new avalanche of misinformation SWEDEN: Cough syrup is hocus-pocus according to researcher AUSTRIA: Ivermectine is sold out in Austria ITALY: Homeopath dies after refusing vaccination FRANCE: French couple wins legal fight over wind ‘turbine syndrome' INTERNATIONAL: Warning against fake shops during Black Week INTERNATIONAL: Measles outbreaks to be expected with vaccination schedules lagging UKRAINE: Ukrainians like to spend their money on non-proven products The Waldorf School in Freiburg gets today's Really Wrong Award for faking mask exemptions which led to over 100 covid cases. Enjoy!

    TheESP – Ep. #300 – Special Listener Q&A

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 75:22

    And if you didn't know, Luna can be a bit of a Drongo For six years and 300 episodes we've been doing this, and we won't stop anytime soon! In this week's special Listener Q/A episode you will learn all you need to know about us and about skepticism in general. From serious to silly, we do our best to tell you everything you ever wanted to know, and then some. Thanks to everyone who sent in their questions! Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; Listener Q&A; Farewell; Outro; Out-Takes;

    TheESP – Ep. #299 – Petra Schling

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 43:02

    “If it looks like medicine, but it has ‘supplement' written on it, it's fraud!” In the episode we interview Petra Schling who is a biochemist and a teacher at the “Biochemie Zentrum” of the University of Heidelberg. We talk about how so-called “natural plants” are actually out to hurt us, how food supplements are normally a waste of money, the misconceptions about “superfoods”, and how important it is to teach critical thinking in schools. In other news, if you are a listener living in the UAE you could catch up with András, just send us a mail! And also, please send us your questions for episode 300 by 15 November! Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; Interview; Farewell; Outro; Out-Takes;

    TheESP – Ep. #298 – Susan's 100 million!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 75:44

    Also, it's time for some #Metoo in the Vatican… This week we catch up with the fabulous Susan Gerbic whose Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia has hit a fantastic milestone. But we also have a full episode, so we start out by mentioning the Australian and New Zealand Skeptics joint annual convention and then look back at what happen this week in 1459 and Pontus pokes the Poke and his meeting with Joe Biden and the need for him to start believing the abuse victims. Later we get into the news: • EUROPE / INTERNATIONAL: Record summer impossible w/o Global Climate Change • FRANCE: Fossil fuel giant Total has known about climate change since 1971 • GERMANY: Report about conspiracy theories ready to download • ROMANIA: Harder corona restrictions • SWEDEN: Is Sweden “the most dangerous country in Europe”? • AUSTRIA: Homeopathy excluded from reimbursed health care treatments • RUSSIA: Anti-evolution paper finally retracted, 25 years after being debunked We end with a Really Wrong Really Right combo regarding a midwife who tried to bring her religion into the workplace. Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; Interview; This Week; Pontus Pokes The Pope; News; Really Wrong / Right; Quote And Farewell; Outro; Out-Takes;

    TheESP – Ep. #297 – Iris Hinneburg

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 49:33

    Which pill would you take? We start this week with handing Pontus a Really Wrong award for something he said last week. András is back and among other things he describes his experience with the green pass in Italy. QED has been moved to October next year, but what hasn't moved is our determination to be there. And please send us your questions for episode 300! This week's interview with Iris Hinneburg is all about trying to communicate the importance of distinguishing the good from the bad. How can we educate the public on which “medicines” you can trust? Turn to your latest copy of Gute Pillen – Schlechte Pillen, i.e “Good pills – bad pills”! Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; Interview; Farewell; Outro; Out-Takes;

    TheESP – Ep. #296 – Mandatory vaccination

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 53:34

    How hard can it be to get people to do the right thing? We start out with some exiting news about Annika's upcoming online talk, a huge milestone for Susan Gerbic and Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia and a good legal ruling for Snopes. And our friend Holm Hümmler doesn't only have a new book out, he also one of the select guests at FerngesprächCon last week, together with Martin Moder and many others. A special feature this week is our interview with Ovidiu Covaciu about the vaccination situation in Romania and Eastern Europe Then, we get into the news: • GERMANY: Homeopathy is out for Bavarian health education system (not supported anymore!) • ITALY: Big protests over mandatory covid green passes • INTERNATIONAL / GERMANY: Natalie Grams in English media • RUSSIA: Population crises worse, due to covid deaths • RUSSIA: Huge methane gas leak discovered by European Copernicus satellite Segments: Intro; Greetings; Interview; News; Really Wrong; Patreon And Episode 300; Quote And Farewell; Outro; Out-Takes;

    TheESP – Ep. #295 – Leo Burtscher and Climate Change

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 44:32

    In this episode we interview the German astronomer and climate activist, Dr. Leonard (Leo) Burtscher. Leo is a staff scientist at the observatory of Leiden University as well as active in the German skeptics, GWUP. He studies active galactic nuclei in Leiden since 2017 and communicates his research to younger and older audiences. He is also informing the public about the climate crisis in his spare time as a co-founder of the grass-roots movement Astronomers for Planet Earth. Enjoy!

    TheESP – Ep. #294 – Race to Space

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 43:27


    Sixty years later, Captain Kirk is finally taking off We're happy to report that a special meeting of ESP hosts took place in Frankfurt this week. In other news, the film industry is heading for the final frontier with Russian actors going to ISS and William Shatner going where no nonagenarian has gone before. Looking back at this week in history Niels Bohr was born in 1885, and apart from describing the atom he also took a stand against the Nazis. Pope Francis, on the other hand, is “sad” because hundreds of thousands of abuse victims have been identified in France. Poor him! Then, of course, there's the news: EUROPE: EMA approves Covid booster shots (third jab) WALES: UFO sighting FRANCE: Mont Blanc keeps shrinking INTERNATIONAL: Diet supplement sales through the roof due to the pandemic EUROPE / INTERNATIONAL: Trust in scientists have dropped during the pandemic 120 years after the fact Alfred Nobel gets his own Prize – this week's Really Right Award! Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week In Skepticism; Pontus Pokes The Pope; News; Really Right; Quote And Farewell; Outro; Out-Takes;


    TheESP – Ep. #292 – Querdenker terrorists

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 47:04

    Radicalized anti-covid activists. After recent events in Germany and Italy we worry that anti-maskers now may be a terrorist threat. In This Week in Skepticism we hear about Jacob Grimm and the possibility that some of the Grimm stories are based on real events(?) Pope Francis seems to have totally lost it regarding the facts about pregnancies, but science has never been the strong side of the Catholic Church. We then dig into the news: • GERMANY: Are Querdenkers terrorists? • ITALY: Covid terrorists also in Italy • GERMANY: New brochure about vaccinations out • SWEDEN: Are confessional schools on their way out? • INTERNATIONAL: We're fucked – big time. Climate change, UN warns politicians • UK / ISRAEL: Homeopathic treatment of Covid works! Wait, no… A Swedish priest gets this week's prize for being Really Right, who could have guessed? Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week In Skepticism; Pontus Pokes The Pope; News; Really Right; Quote And Farewell; Outro; Out-Takes;

    TheESP – Ep. #291 – Broken System, Broken Neck

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 45:08

    In this episode we catch up on last weekend with Hungaro Con and SkepKon. We also mention last week's Ig Nobel Prizes and how the ISS do not seem to agree with the Russians any more. The upcoming German election gets a mention and in This Week in Skepticism we discuss the miraculous portrait of Saint Dominic in Soriano and then we briefly discuss the Pope's latest adventures. After that we dig into the news: - EUROPE: Failure to follow routine vaccination schedules - INTERNATIONAL: Hundreds of medical journals unite to urge climate action - GERMANY: No, the government did not stop using COVID-vaccines - ICELAND: Largest carbon capture device ever built just became operational - ARGENTINA: German MMS salesman arrested The General Chiropractic Council (the GCC) in the UK gets today's prize for being Really Wrong, since they think killing a patient is “good practice”. Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week In Skepticism; Pontus Pokes The Pope; News; Really Wrong; Quote And Farewell; Outro; Out-Takes;

    TheESP – Ep. #290 – Trypanophobia

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 37:13

    In this episode we first mention that Sweden just announced an end to Corona restrictions as per the end of this month and we question if that's that really wise. This week marks twenty years since 9/11 and the repercussions are still with us. The pope has been saying some strange things lately, and is he really well? Then we get into the news: - UK: Four Met Police officers injured in anti-vaccine protest - SWEDEN / GENERAL: Why people wait to get vaccinated - GERMANY: Two cool things to watch for German speaking people; on climate crisis and on Rothschilds To round off the Italian communications project “Comminicare Il Cancro” gets today's prize for being Really Right! Enjoy!

    TheESP – Ep. #289 – Herd Immunity

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 53:36


    In this episode we first have a few events to plug: The launching of the book Fake! in Budapest, Congreso Esceptico in Spain, Skeptics in the Pub Online about 9/11 and the upcoming Ig Nobel ceremony. In This Week we discuss Mary Shelley who was born this week in 1797 and then we skip the pope and instead plunge into the news: Continued demonstrations against the vaccine passports Researchers in UK: We probably shouldn't use the word ‘Infodemic' Do not take Ivermectin! What exactly did Martin Luther say about life in times of plague? Snopes is asking for help The Swedish authorities get this week Really Wrong for allowing Steiner schools to ruin the lives of thousands of children. Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; News; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes


    TheESP – Ep. #293 – Where the Sun Don't Shine

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 61:13

    Put it up your bum! Are people losing their wits as covid restriction are lifted? Elections and referendums are happening and András goes beyond spacetime in an upcoming book and this week marked 20 years since the Estonia disaster. Pope Francis may be losing it too, since the Vatican Secretary of State has to publicly contradict him. Then we dive into the news: • DENMARK: The trend of sticking nicotine up your ass • UK: Doctor jailed for exorcism that almost turned into murder • INTERNATIONAL: Mesotherapy – Not safe and no evidence that it works • SWEDEN: Fire health staff that refuse to get the vaccine? • SPAIN: Spanish skeptical organisation's ‘Explaining Logical Fallacies' selection now translated to Italian • SPAIN: Talks of 11 Sept Congress now available with subtitles Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week In Skepticism; Pontus Pokes The Pope; News; Really Wrong; Quote And Farewell; Outro; Out-Takes;

    TheESP – Ep. #288 – Fake! with Annemarie Bon

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2021 47:03

    In this episode we interview Dutch writer, science populariser and educator Annemarie Bon, who's many works focus on helping children understand the world around us. Having started her career as a biochemical engineer, she later turned towards writing for children and she was editor-in-chief of the children's magazine Taptoe until 2001. The Hungarian translation of her latest book Fake! is just about to get published and we thought it would be a good idea to have her on the show to talk about the book and what it has to offer to kids and adults alike. Enjoy!

    TheESP – Ep. #287 – What's Wrong with a Little Tantra?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 41:35

    In this episode we first plug the upcoming Skeptics in the Pub Online about 9/11, Luc Montagnier is the topic This Week in Skepticism and the Pope gets poked for nepotism and corruption. Then we dig into the news: - Grandma directed healthcare fraud through Black Magic - Sixth IPCC report on climate change – we're screwed - July warmest month on record – ever - Increasing covid cases in Iceland despite high vaccination rates - Covid test scams - Society of Homeopaths withdraws from the Accredited Registers programme of the Professional Standards Authority The recent Swedish Tantra Festival was a Really Wrong idea! Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week In Skepticism; Pontus Pokes The Pope; News; Really Wrong; Quote And Farewell; Outro; Out-Takes

    The ESP - Episode 286Plus - One Of Those Weeks…

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 1:54

    Sorry, we missed our schedule for last week. But we'll be back soon!

    TheESP – Ep. #286 – What Happened to Measles?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2021 67:20

    In this episode we first chat about the Pegasus project and what implications it might have. We also note that the Russian Nauka module was a little trigger happy when joining with the ISS, turning it around 45 degrees for no good reason. In This Week we salute Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim, the excellent science communicator before we have a well-needed Covid-19 update. Then we dig into the news: - Measles follow-up: what became the 2016-2019 epidemic? - Covid-denier‘s Hungarian Chamber of Doctors' membership suspended - Social media giants criticized for being a ‘safe space for racists' - Massive melting event in Greenland - 14000 scientists warn world about ‘untold suffering' as result of ignoring climate change - German court faults Facebook‘s past handling of hate speech - Systemic Agro-Homeopathy – the latest craze -86-year-old Basque woman first to get assisted death in Spain To round off, we hand out a Really Wrong award to Advanz Pharma and a Really Right award to the CMA, all concerning unreasonable pricing of medication. Enjoy! The Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

    TheESP – Ep. #285 – Grow Up and Be a Skeptic!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2021 54:19


    In this episode we note that skeptics in Germany has raised a lot of money to support victims of the floods. Formidable Dutch skeptic Frits van Dam passed away on 26 July and we want to honor his memory. Listener Marcel-Jan has written a great blog post about his experience with growing up in a woo-family and eventually finding skepticism, and then we get a Polish lesson from listener Max. In This Week we hear about Carl Jung, and then we dig into the news: - Emerging fake news regarding catastrophic floods: - Querdenker fake ”official” car in flood area - Greta Thunberg sticker on flooded car - Climate change scientists call for better computers to work on forecasts - Galileo project to look for UFOs - Vaccine passport rules approved in France despite protests - Chiropractor found professionally liable for harming patient with bogus therapy - Follow-up: Doctor who sold fake covid test results gets prison sentence - New info on the Spanish skeptical congress We have a double whammy and a bonus for the Really Wrong segment: First for rasist health care in Sweden and then Eric Clapton and Nena demonstrate why artists should never voice their view on covid restrictions. Enjoy! The Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe


    TheESP – Ep. #284 – After the Flood

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 47:07

    In this episode we open up by discussing the terrible floods in Germany, the claims made by esoterics and how you can help. We also note that covid misinformation numbskull Sucharit Bhakdi has lost his publisher for being an anti-Semite. In the This Week we talk about Gregor Mendel and then we hear that Pope Francis is now openly challenging his predecessor Benedict. The we go through the news: - Vaccine protests in Cyprus - Organized tour of Sweden by anti-vaxxers - Multidrug-resistant bacteria found in dog raw-food - Greenland suspends oil exploration because of climate change - Man behind one of the Muhammad caricatures dead - Macchiarini follow-up – whistle-blowers file complaint with the Strasbourg Court Polish researcher Harald Walach gets today's prize for being Really Wrong after trying to say that masks and covid vaccinations are dangerous. Enjoy! The Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

    TheESP – Ep. #283 – Pavel Šmejkal

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2021 60:59

    In this week's episode we start with an update on the successful Virgin Galactic flight and congratulate Natalie Grams for getting married(!), and also comment on the Euro 2020 final won by Italy. We then have a chat with Czech GSOW member Pavel Šmejkal, a prolific member of Susan Gerbic‘s Guerilla Skepticism on Wikipedia project. In This Week in Skepticism, Angela Merkel was born 17 July 1954. Then we dig into the news: - Death of 17 year-old girl used by antivaxxers - Teaching handbooks and leaflets to teach and understand CoViD and conspiracy theories - Trust in mainstream news sites up from last year - Amazing verdict regarding homeopathy - Latest craze – Snow White and her skin colour - New book about pseudomedicine Enjoy! The Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

    TheESP – Ep. #282 – Stupid Ideas

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 58:45

    This week Annika is back making sure we don't run out of dad-jokes, András' travel guide work is resuming while Pontus is just playing golf (and not very well). We discuss the new development in space tourism before we get into this week in skepticism with Nicola Tesla. We hear how the pope is coming after Cardinal Becciu, how he still won't apologies for the Canadian school scandals and how he needed to get his rear end adjusted (insert butt joke here). Then we go into the news: - Tricking the covid-test with orange juice - Promotion of pseudoscience by the UK government - Female Ukraine soldiers made to march in heels - A ruined village is for sale – no inhabitants, but a ghost - Warmest June in Stockholm in 265 years - Spanish congress on conspiracy theories on 9/11 Vladimir Putin and the Russian government get a Really Wrong for creating a culture and laws that make it impossible to show an ad depicting a family with two moms. Food company VkusVill gets a Really Right for at least trying to be rational. Enjoy! The Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

    TheESP – Ep. #281 – Schools of horror

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 60:40

    This week we're joined by Brian Eggo who sits in for Annika. We talk about the Edinburgh Science Festival, skeptical events and the recent ESA astronaut recruitments. In This Week we “celebrate” the birthday of debunked fraudster Peter Popoff and then we are horrified by the discoveries of even more graves at the Canadian Catholic Schools. We then go into this week's news: - Alternative medicine is losing popularity in the pandemic - Manipulated video featuring Greta Thunberg - Scam texts about package deliveries - Health organizations publish free book The Vaccination Book for Everyone - EU Climate Law confirmed by European Parliament Enjoy! The Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

    TheESP – Ep. #280 – No Gays, Please! We're Catholic

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 45:50

    This week we chat a bit about Madeira, covid scares and rainbow flags in Germany. In this week we highlight Karl Landsteiner who discovered the human blood groups and Pope Francis asks Italy if his schools could please be allowed to bully anyone who does not fit in to the binary man – woman template. We then head for the news: - Attacks against journalists calls for special measures - Did the WHO tell women to not drink alcohol? - Homeopathy update, France - Healing practitioner in court - Information portal to tackle vaccine misinformation launched - Heatwave with surface temperatures of 48°C - Sense About Science comes out with new tool to help communication about COVID conspiracies Enjoy!

    TheESP – Ep. #279 – On the Ark to Nowhere

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2021 45:56


    This week summer is here (but András is not) and we get a tip from Bob on about good vaccine tracker. Blaise Pascal was born almost 400 years ago this week (how times fly) and Pope Francis gives Cardinal Marx some good PR while proving he still knows how to play the dictator card. Then we dive into the news: ‘Unseaworthy' Noah's Ark replica detained at Ipswich Waterfront Waldorf / Steiner school scandal in Sweden New law against ‘promotion of homosexuality' Follow-up: Doctor behind fake covid-19 tests and travelers' certificates to stand trial To round off, a gross pseudotreatment for babies gets the prize for being Really Wrong. Enjoy! The Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe


    TheESP – Ep. #278 – Whatever It Is, I'm Against It

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 56:57

    This week we get a well deserved correction from listener Cyril on how to pronounce Marquis de Sade's full name and we hear about German teenagers party dangerously in secret in strange locations. Vaccinations in Sweden are picking up but in Hungary there is considerable hesitation against Chinese and and Russian vaccines. The Pope continues to have problems with Germany and also refuses to take responsibility for the tragedies of Canadian Catholic boarding schools. Francis Crick, important but controversial figure contributing to the discovery of the DNA molecule, was born this week in 1916. After that, let's have a look at the news: - Counseling for conspiracy victims - Didier Raoult takes legal action against misconduct consultant - Right wing party with Sucharit Bhakdi - New book out: Maladie de Lyme by Eric Caumes Lastly, the conspiracy mongers in the “Freedom for Sweden” movement are Really Wrong. Enjoy! The Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

    TheESP – Ep. #277 – Climate Toddlers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2021 62:56

    This week we find out what Pontus was up to last week, we honor the passing of the great skeptic Kees de Jager and note that covid vaccination for teenagers is coming. Listener Carlos helps us out with Portuguese pronunciation and we urge you to nominate someone for the John Maddox Prize before 14 June. We acknowledge that Marquis de Sade was born this week in 1740 and that the Pope thinks Brazilians are too drunk to deserve salvation. After that, it's time to get a covid-19 update and to check out the news: - Influencers offered money to spread Pfizer misinformation - EC proposes tougher rules and more factchecking to tackle misinformation - Climate Skeptics are not easily persuaded by evidence - World may hit 1,5 degrees warming within five years In addition, prioritizing the EUFA Champions League football final over covid safety is Really Wrong. Enjoy! The Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

    The ESP - Ep. #276 - Magnetically drawn to vaccines

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2021 40:32

    This week we first explore the magnetic properties of covid-19 vaccines and ponder the political meltdown of Alexander Lukashenko's Belarus. Then we celebrate the first publication of Bram Stoker's Dracula, published this week in 1897. We strongly recommend you check out Deborah Hyde's Dracula video on Youtube! After that it's time to check out the news: Portugese MD in need of help from skeptics around the globe Healing practicioner certificate was done on government level The problem with non replicable papers being cited more often CoViD denier makes song For continuing to spread misinformation about COVID-19, Nobel Laureate Luc Montagnier gets today's prize for being Really Wrong. Enjoy!

    TheESP – Ep. #275 – Edzard Ernst Strikes Again

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2021 55:02


    This week Swedish vaccinations are not too well organised, András has debated homeopaths and the Swedish Skeptics have some cool events coming up. Ranga Yogeshwar (check him out!) celebrates his birthday and then we check out the news: - Looks like we're very selfish after all… Personal benefit is better driver than greater good - Virtual exhibition in Nuremberg - Edzard Ernst strikes again: Paper on ‘energy medicine' retracted after reader complaints - Hungarian Competition Authority fines snake oil salesman's firm - Long-lost letter by Einstein reveals his special insight, making him the predictor of something cool - Accelerated climate change - What's going on in Chernobyl? The Danish People's Party think that mandatory prayers in schools and Danish meatballs are something that will “save Danish culture” and for that they are Really Wrong. Enjoy!


    TheESP – Ep. #274 – A Buffet of Vaccines

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2021 45:00

    This week we wish Annika all the best in recovering from her first vaccine shot, we learn how to properly pronounce Cardinal ‘Becchiu' and hear about this week's birthday boy, Edward Jenner. Pope Francis tries to fight the pandemic with a totally pointless marathon and then we proceed on to check out the news: Instead of a Covid update: watch the latest episode of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Counterfeit covid-19 certificates – digitally signed without doctor's knowledge The Heinz Oberhummer Award goes to… Facebook to warn you when you're about to share something you haven't read ASA: Homeopaths are not suitably qualified health professionals and claims for homeopathy are improper Before we go, we hand out an unusual Really Right to members of the German Catholic ‘Leibe Gewinnt' initiative. Enjoy!

    TheESP – Ep. #273 – Monsters of the Sea

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2021 60:16

    This week we get to hear Marie Curie's birthname properly pronounced, curtesy of listener Max (thanks!). One more of us are getting the vaccine and so do pregnant women in Germany. We hear about Pope Francis' battle against corrupt cardinals and then we get into the news: - Discussions about rules for vaccinated and vaccination jealousy - Ferngespräch – Shirt for charity! - Priest gives school lesson on “treating” homosexuals with electroshock therapy and more - The Risks of Thread Embedding Acupuncture - Whale penises behind sea monster stories? To wrap things up the ‘Schloss-Apotheke' in Koblenz gets this week's prize for being Really Wrong after marketing homeopathic Pfizer vaccine. Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week; Pontus Pokes the Pope; News; Really Wrong; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes The Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

    TheESP – Ep. #272 – Flat Earth Award

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2021 76:56

    This week we first chat a bit and celebrate that we finally have new dates for QED, the fantastic skeptical conference in Manchester, before we mark that it is 35 years this week since the Chernobyl disaster. We hear about Pope Francis' impossible gig and then we have a Covid-19 update before we dig into the news: - Study explores AstraZeneca vaccine disinformation on Twitter - German actors protest against CoViD rules with weird satire - Pfizer confirms fake versions of vaccine in Poland and Mexico - First ever Flat Earth Award goes to… - Anthroblogger nominated for Grimme online award - Think like Da Vinci and understand the world's problems better The Tobacco Industry gets this week's award for being Really Wrong for continuing to pay for fake science. Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week; Pontus Pokes the Pope; Covid-19 Update; News; Really Wrong; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes The Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

    TheESP – Ep. #271 – The Harmful Episode

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2021 38:13

    This week we first celebrate the flight of Ingenuity on Mars, the first ever powered flight on another planet. In This week in Skepticism we hear about how Pierre and Marie Curie isolated radium for the first time and what a significant achievement that was. Then we have a Covid-19 update before we dig into the news: Adverse events in children linked to SCAM Researchers investigating AstraZeneca vaccine side effects had undisclosed ties to Pfizer Herbal product behind Salmonella outbreak, three dead 5G does not present “any new risks” according to ANSES The Norwegian self-appointed “independent health researcher”, Hans Kristian Gaarder, gets the first ever posthumously award for being Really Wrong. Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week; Covid-19 Update; News; Really Wrong; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes The Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

    TheESP – Ep. #270 – Ancient Astronauts

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2021 55:54

    This week we start by reflecting on the death of Prince Philip and just can't help mention languages again since a listener sent us sound files to help us with the pronunciations of last week's Polish names. In This week in Skepticism we hear about the ancient astronaut fantasies of Erich von Däniken, followed by a Covid-19 update before we dig into the news: Popular marionette theatre targeted for COVID test explanation video Tendency to take up vaccine is really high We are fucked – carbon-dioxide levels at all time high despite lockdowns ECHR rules obligatory vaccination may be necessary Online hatred against Jews are up Clare Relton, senior lecturer in clinical trials at Queen Mary University of London, teaches homeopaths how to cheat in randomized control trials. For that she gets this week's prize for being Really Wrong. Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week; Covid-19 Update; News; Really Wrong; Quote and Farewell; Outro The Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

    TheESP – Ep. #269 – Spiders from Mars

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2021 54:58

    This week we first continue to ponder the strange topic of language and we congratulate the Portuguese Skeptics on the anniversary of founding their organization ComCept. Then we have a Covid-19 update before we dig into the news: Analysis of excess mortality in Europe in 2020 NEW BOOK: Missing Minimum Distance Spooky Martian spider shapes explained First helicopter on another planet to go on first mission soon The 2020 Flying Unicorn Award goes to… Doctors for Truth (Nominations open for 2021) Nominations for the 2021 Maddox Prize now open The success story of pharmacy students bringing vaccine science to classrooms The veterinarian Geert Vanden Bossche gets a Really Wrong for discrediting covid-vaccines using pseudoscientific misinformation. Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week; Covid-19 Update; News; Really Wrong; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes The Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

    TheESP – Ep. #268 – Papal Pay-cuts and Cheap Wine

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2021 38:10

    This week Pontus is still mad at English spelling but we hope our listeners will forgive him. In history René Descartes was born this week, the pope cuts the payroll for his cardinals and we have a Covid-19 update before we check out the news: - Court case against SCAM practitioner - NEW BOOK – the Cheaters, about Macchiarini and fraudulent research - NEW BOOK – The great bazaar of irrational - Cheap wine tastes better with a higher price tag - Old-growth forest effect in climate mitigation overestimated The Czech Cardinal and Archbishop of Prague Dominik Duka gets a Really Wrong this week using the pandemic as an excuse to peddle anti-abortion propaganda. Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week; Pontus Pokes the Pope; Covid-19 Update; News; Really Wrong; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes The Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

    TheESP - Ep. #267½ - Short Update

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 11:49

    Just a quick update to give you three extra news items: - Darwin was a misunderstood fantasy author - The famous drop bears in Austria not extinct after all - Skepticism has won and is no longer needed Thanks for everything!

    TheESP – Ep. #267 – No rights for Turkish women

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2021 69:15

    This week we we mention the Icelandic volcanic eruptions and then a bit randomly reflect upon languages and spelling. Pontus asks people to check out the VoF web site and András informs us about the Hungarian Skeptics' Flat Earth-prize. In history Wilhelm Röntgen was born this week the pope gets poked for congratulating the Philippines for being so gloriously invaded and oppressed 500 years ago. We take a new look at the covid vaccine situation, before we check out the news: - Middlesex University gets rid of homeopathy training - Spain adopts euthanasia law despite conservative opposition - Follow-up: Doctor who facilitated death may lose his license, although he was aquitted - Russian scientists looking for the tiniest particles (from under Lake Baikal) - Adverse effects of low level mm wave radiations could not be found (5G) - Conspiracy theories in small print on soda bottles - New lawsuit against Facebook for being a hub of misinformation - New book (available online for free in Spanish): The Office of Doubt (about science and philosophy) We also hand out both a Really Wrong and and a Really Right award this week, to Turkey and a Polish writer, respectively. Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week; Pontus Pokes the Pope; Covid-19 Update; News; Really Wrong / Really Right; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes The Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

    TheESP – Ep. #266 – Is AstraZeneca safe?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 19, 2021 58:33

    This week we we start by checking out some science: travel faster than speed of light(?) and the wonderful 3D-model of the Antikythera mechanism. We look back at the birth of the Hungarian Skeptic Society and we poke the pope for being a bigot about gay marriage. We look at the covid vaccine situation and especially if the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine appears safe, before we check out the news: New book: Fake news a threat to democracy? New tool to help students detect fake images and videos People with high emotional intelligence less susceptible to fake news? Water ‘vitalizer' banned for possible interference with radio devices Social media watchdog: Instagram highly responsible for the spreading of misinformation? New book out: ‘Don't get mixed up with food' Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week; Pontus Pokes the Pope; Covid-19 Update; News; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes The Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

    TheESP – Ep. #265 – Eva Fernandez

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 12, 2021 64:02

    This week we geek out some more about space, mention the demonstrations in Stockholm and the upcoming Cologne virtual skeptics in the pub. Some German children's stories from the past are absolutely horrible and then we celebrate the birthday of Yuri Gagarin, the first person in space. Pope Francis went to Iraq endangering the public and himself and reported back that there was “a woman on the plane”. Then we have a covid-19 update before we get into the news: Order of Physicians sanctions doctors who spread antivax misinformation New book: Fact-checking vaccinations Facebook struggles with checking non-English content Electric cars do not produce more particle pollutants Latest study reveals more about the placebo effect The Good Magic Award 2021 winner announced Skeptiker Schweiz changes name to Kritisch Denken The UK General Chiropractic Council gets the prize for being Really Wrong. Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week; Pontus Pokes the Pope; Covid-19 Update; News; Really Wrong; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes The Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

    TheESP – Ep. #264 – Frankie's Faulty Finances

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 6, 2021 67:56


    This week we first marvel at the on-going Mars missions, mention Germany's need to get a new haircut and are fascinated by the Mount Etna eruptions. If you want to know where to find the French skeptics or the Observatoire Zététique, we tell you how, before we celebrate Brian Cox' birthday. Pope Frances have double troubles with his trip to Iraq and that the Vatican finances are bleeding. Then, of course, we take look at the news: - COVID-19 – So, are we gonna win this? - -Cancer and cardiovascular diagnoses missed during pandemic - Wodarg (CoViD denier) is filing a lawsuit against Volksverpetzer - Vaccines scams emerge as rollout continues - Over 60% of Russians do not want the Sputnik vaccine – virus is created as biological weapon - Conspiracy theories start to take hold at age 14? - All the talks of ESC 2019 are now on YouTube - Freshwater fish in catastrophic decline - Swedish MD not charged for assisted death - Edzard Ernst shares some of the content from his latest book in English Gwyneth Paltrow claims she knows how to handle long-term covid effects which is Really Wrong. Luckily the NHS knows better and are Really Right. Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week; Pontus Pokes the Pope; News; Really Wrong and Right; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes The Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe


    TheESP – Ep. #263 – This Podcast Cannot Be Shared

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 26, 2021 61:08

    This week we geek out a bit about the landing of Perseverance on Mars, we (again) ponder the chances to become an ESA astronaut. Facebook stupidly believes Europe is a place in Australia and takes it out on this podcast. Idiots. (Speaking of Downunder, you should check out the Skeptic Zone and their logical fallacies series). We talk about Dolly the sheep who was presented to the public this week 24 years ago, and then Pontus reluctantly admits that the Pope did something good, sort of. Then, of course, we look at the news: Early results show an 85% drop in symptomatic cases after first vaccine dose Excess deaths in Sweden lower than European Average Study says: Everyone believes at least one conspiracy theory Viral video doesn't show what it says Vitamin D-COVID-19 preprint removed from Lancet server The COVID Cube – to help you make the right decision about a COVID vaccine Homeopaths' hardships abound Are Extremists less able to do complex mental tasks? Fake medicine – New book out Well, Facebook definitely needs a geography lesson, and for that they are Really Wrong. Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week; Pontus Pokes the Pope; News; Really Wrong; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes The Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

    The ESP - #262 - A Little Room to Cry In

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 19, 2021 56:43


    This week we are happy that the Covid-19 Communication Handbook have been translated into German. A Swedish translation is underway and hopefully many more. We then celebrate Copernicus birthday before we look at the news: Secret Facebook group of academics, researchers and opinion-formers spreads misinformation about Swedish corona response Researchers study the link between practicing alternative medicine and attitude towards vaccinations Facebook finally bans misinformation about all vaccines Marketer of alkalizing drops could go to jail for potentially dangerous fraud Guy launches GoFundMe campaign to launch his flat-earther friend into space The guy (Edzard Ernst) is not just sitting around – publishes a book every few months now Polish women should have “a room to cry in” in Church after abortion Apostolic remains lying in Rome? To round off the episode the Romanian Orthodox Church gets the Really Wrong Award for continuing to kill people in the name of religion. Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week; News; Really Wrong; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes The Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe


    TheESP – Ep. #261 – the COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Handbook with Philipp Schmid

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 12, 2021 44:10

    This week we talk to Philipp Schmid about the COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Handbook. Philipp is a behavioural scientist at the Psychology and Infectious Diseases Lab at the University of Erfurt in Germany. He is also an Interim Lecturer for Statistics and Methods at the university's Department of Psychology. Philipp is an expert in the psychological background of vaccine hesitancy, which is one of the hot topics for skeptics due to the ongoing pandemic. He has worked a lot with the World Health Organization and other intergovernmental institutions like the Robert Koch Institute. He recently took part of the international team behind the brilliant and extremely important booklet, The COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Handbook, but he also worked on the updated version of the Debunking Handbook. Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; Interview; Farewell; Outro; Out-takes Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

    TheESP – Ep. #260 – A little bit of Zeneca in my life

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 5, 2021 64:26

    This week we note that Martin Moder (see ep. #236) are making videos so well that anti-vaxxers want them taken down. The Swedish Skeptics has a great video up from their (English-speaking) Skeptics in the Pub on-line. Pope Francis keeps absolutely quiet regarding the abuse scandals in Spain and then we get a Covid-19 update before we look at the news: Facebook still making money out of anti-vax sites New book out in Portugal: ‘Caught by the virus' Eustoquio Molina award for standing up for science Largest global opinion poll yet shows great support for climate emergency actions Europe created more energy from renewables than fossil fuels last year There might not be phosphene in Venus' atmosphere after all… Dyatlov Pass incident put in new context thanks to latest snow dynamics study Tory MP Sir Desmond Swayne gets the Really Wrong Award for fueling sentiments against covid restriction . Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week; Pontus Pokes the Pope; Covid Update; News; Really Wrong; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes The Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

    TheESP - Ep. #259 - Fake Covid Certificates

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 29, 2021 53:18

    This week we get nostalgic about the days when we could travel. We marvel over the fact that some people still thinks it is okay to do so, since the Swedish ski resorts report they are as busy as ever. Nothing new about the pope today, we get a Covid-19 update and then it's time for us to look at the news: Study wants to show who is turning to the Covid-denying Querdenker movement Backlash for French Covid19 vaccines The Good Magic Awards are back Study shows the neccessity of big visual signs to warn people about fake news Colloidal silver and other pseudoscientific therapies potentially dangerous Hungarian media using a hoax about the Netherlands Study on the use and confidence in therapies not based on science It has come to light that a Swedish company has sold fake covid-19 certificates to unknowing customers and of course that earns them a Really Wrong Award. Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week; Covid Update; News; Really Wrong; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2021 70:15

    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

    TheESP – Ep. #257 – “No! YOU'RE stupid!”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2021 65:17

    This week Annika is back! We hear that Pontus apparently is the new Confounderer of the Year and that UK Skeptics in the Pub Online is back after the holidays. Check out the calendar for the new events! We congratulate renowned skeptic and philosopher Massimo Pigliucci on his birthday, note that the Pope has misplaced billions of dollars and then we have a look at the news: College of Medicine and Integrated Health launches the Integrated Medicine Alliance Natalie Grams honoured with Prize for Civil Courage Update on warmest year contest Vaccine hesitancy among medical staff Polio update PSA suspends accreditation of Society of Homeopaths Guitar pedal circuit shared as COVID 5G chip diagram. Radiation protection stickers are useless, study finds We finish with a Really Wrong Award going to the German health care system for using tax money to fund anthroposophical nonsense against Covid-19. 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

    TheESP – Ep. #256 – Bring On the Vaccines

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2021 61:07


    This week we start the new year with an update on the Swedish pandemic laws and recommend you check out the speech that András gave at Monterrey Skepticamp 2021. In skeptical history we celebrate the birth of Alfred Russel Wallace and Pontus pokes the Pope for ‘firing' a Cardinal and an Archbishop. We get a Covid vaccine update and then we look at the news: Swedish Skeptical Awards for 2020 – Enlightener and Confounderer of the year Latest book by Edzard Ernst – in German Edzard Ernst's challenge unanswered by homeopaths German pilot draws syringe on the map to remind everyone of the COVID-vaccine Dramatic change in opinion – 71% of Swedes say they will vaccinate against covid Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week; Covid Update; News; Really Wrong; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe


    TheESP – Ep. #255 – Happy New Year 2021!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2020 52:27

    We are extremely happy to welcome the first ever ESP Skepti-baby! Annika and her newborn girl are doing very well and they send their regards to the listeners. Whoohoo! We spend the episode to look back at the very strange year of 2020. Lots of bad news of course and not just pandemic related, we will for one thing always miss the grandfather of modern skepticism, James the Amazing Randi. But there were good things too, like the many great people we had the fortune to interview and the 250th episode live stream with all our special friends. We and look forward to seeing the new year and there are reasons to be cautiously optimistic, like the new vaccines. We hope all our listeners are ready to follow us into 2021, and who knows, we may even get to meet some of you at QED, because this year it has to happen, right? And speaking of good news, we also hand out a Really Right Award for the Anti-vaxx Playbook. Happy New Year! Segments: Intro; Greetings; Covid Update; Ups and Downs of 2020; Really Right; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

    TheESP - Ep. #254 - Council for Inclusive Capitalism

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2020 78:21

    This week we start by recommending a German Podcast Christmas Special, we report that Sucharit Bhakdi won the Goldenes Brett award and talk about the Saturn / Jupiter planetary conjunction. Pontus reports that his book “the Dooma” is slightly delayed and then we get into the news: Our friend Martin Moder made a very good video about the safety of the new CoVid vaccine Improved trust in science within Swedish public during 2020 Trust in media sources has risen Comment by Swedish king about corona is so way off it's not even wrong Karaoke bar from Berlin trying to sue virologist Professor Drosten – surely that will stop CoViD? ARP-SAPC publishes a monography on COVID-19 and critical thinking Huge differences in Covid vaccine prizes, but all are cheaper than expected 2020 on track to become one of three warmest years on record Santa apparently is immune to CoViD! We are of course skeptical, not of WHO or CoViD, but of Santa – but the Christmas presents are safe! Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week; Covid Update; News; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

    TheESP – Ep. #253 – Big Dicks and Aliens

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2020 78:40

    This week we talk about that alt-med and antivaxxers have been visible on TV and how a town in Austria had to change its rather unfortunate name. We celebrate the anniversary of the Hungarian Skeptics and then we get into the news: New Brexit craze – Vaccine approval sped up because no EU to hold us back Bibliometric analysis of global research into SCAM and COVID-19 Former space security chief goes mental about alleged aliens What's with the phallic symbols everywhere? Swedish health regions have spent 28 MEUR on weighted blankets John Maddox prizes announced TODAY Das Goldene Brett – finalists announced Follow-up: Influencer selling fish oil as covid treatment found guilty New series of videos: A scientist in the supermarket Then the Really Wrong award goes to all the religious exemptions to covid restrictions. Enjoy! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week; Covid Update; News; Really Wrong; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

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