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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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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.

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

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

    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

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

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

    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

    • 56 min
    TheESP – Ep. #277 – Climate Toddlers

    TheESP – Ep. #277 – Climate Toddlers

    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

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The ESP - Ep. #276 - Magnetically drawn to vaccines

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

    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!

    • 40 min
    TheESP – Ep. #275 – Edzard Ernst Strikes Again

    TheESP – Ep. #275 – Edzard Ernst Strikes Again

    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!

    • 55 min
    TheESP – Ep. #274 – A Buffet of Vaccines

    TheESP – Ep. #274 – A Buffet of Vaccines

    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!

    • 45 min

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