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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. #257 – “No! YOU’RE stupid!”

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

    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

    • 1 hr 5 min
    TheESP – Ep. #256 – Bring On the Vaccines

    TheESP – Ep. #256 – Bring On the Vaccines

    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

    • 1 hr 1 min
    TheESP – Ep. #255 – Happy New Year 2021!

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

    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

    • 52 min
    TheESP - Ep. #254 - Council for Inclusive Capitalism

    TheESP - Ep. #254 - Council for Inclusive Capitalism

    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

    • 1 hr 18 min
    TheESP – Ep. #253 – Big Dicks and Aliens

    TheESP – Ep. #253 – Big Dicks and Aliens

    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

    • 1 hr 18 min
    TheESP – Ep. #252 – Philosophy and Ethics w. Nikil Mukerji

    TheESP – Ep. #252 – Philosophy and Ethics w. Nikil Mukerji

    This week we talk to Nikil Mukerji, a German author, philosopher and skeptic. He has a position at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and academic director of philosophy, politics and economy.
    He studied economy, philosophy and theory of science and wrote his PhD thesis about consequentialism. He is an academic instructor and teacher, as well as a researcher of philosophy and ethics.
    He is also a very active skeptic, as he is head of the scientific board of GWUP (the German Skeptics) and a regular speaker at SkepKon. He also often writes for the German skeptics magazine “Skeptiker”

    Enjoy!

    Segments:
    Intro; Greetings; Interview; Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

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

    • 1 hr 5 min

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Troythulu ,

Terrific show!

I've been listening to the ESP since the show's debut, and find the hosts' approach highly entertaining as well as delivering a great heads-up on skeptical matters across the pond. The segments and interviews are well done and informative, and I often find myself taking notes while listening. Were I a bonobo, I'd give the show four thumbs up, but sadly I'm limited to only two! Good work, O fine hominins!

sgerbic ,

About time!

Normally I don't review a podcast until I've listened to a bunch of eposides. But I'm so impressed after only 3 that I feel like I can give my opinion. Also I'm not a big fan of another English speaking skeptic podcast (we need a lot more non-English podcasts IMO) But when I heard this was going to be coming out I "skeptically" held my breath to see what they were planning on doing.

And now I think they are doing a great job. They are still trying to find their feet and decide the format, which I like as you now that this is going to be around for many years, but maybe not in the current format. (Which I actually like, but who knows) These three's voices sound great together and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the accents. Its obvious that they enjoy working together, they are having fun, so it makes the listener feel like they are a part of the fun as well.

I think that this is an important podcast as they are unitifying all of the European skeptic groups and becoming a hub (or a bridge) so that people can become aware of what is happening in this massive area. I don't speak a bunch of languages (I barely speak English) so it would be impossible for me to keep up with what other groups are doing. The ESP is my best option as it allows me to follow one podcast every two weeks to get a good grasp of what is happening. And there is a lot.

So I recommend this podcast to everyone, even if you are not in Europe.

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