Podcast Spotlight | #TheESP: The European Skeptics Podcast


(This post has been rewritten and updated, on 2016.02.15)

Hi guys. I’d like to point you all in the direction of a great new show, The European Skeptics Podcast, featuring your hosts, András Pintér, Jelena Levin, and Pontus Böckman. It’s moving well along, and evolving nicely, already into Episode #009 as of this update.

The ESP features news and updates on skeptical organizations across Europe and sometimes features interviews with active skeptics from throughout the continent and elsewhere.

Originally biweekly, the show now airs each week. The show includes a segment on logical fallacies, news items of concern for the skeptical movement in Europe, a discussion of listener feedback, the occasional aforementioned interview or two, and others.

The intro and outro music features Song for Skeptics by Keisha Gray and George Hrab, and that’s always a nice, mellow way to start and end the show. I also get a kick from the Outtakes segment at the very end of the show as well, and there’s always a good quote to conclude the show proper.

Follow them on Twitter: @espodcast_eu, email them at info@theesp.eu, and Like them on Facebook.

Do check them out! Subscribe via RSS, on iTunes, and on Stitcher as well!

 

George Hrab | Rethinking Doubt: the Values and Achievements of Skepticism


Here, in one of the most lucid, well-spoken talks on skepticism I’ve seen this month, George Hrab gives the low-down on the importance and general good sense of our very human capacity to doubt and ask valid questions, no matter the answers we may get or who they might upset, especially ourselves.

Courtesy of the TEDx Talks YouTube channel

This talk explains why being skeptical–as opposed to being cynical or denialist–is a good thing. Having doubts or reservations has led to some of humanity’s greatest achievements.

George Hrab has written and produced seven independent CDs and one concert DVD; published two books; recorded hundreds of episodes of an award winning podcast; and has emceed numerous international science conferences, all while being the drummer for The Philadelphia Funk Authority. He’s travelled to four continents promoting critical thinking, science, and skepticism through story and song. George is considered one of the preeminent skeptic/science/atheist/geek-culture music icons currently living in his apartment.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx