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Question the dominant paradigm… TED censorship of ‘ideas worth spreading’

March 30, 2013

Here’s a (one of many) follow-up articles on the recently ‘censored’ TED talks by Rupert Sheldrake and Graham Hancock. (To view the talks see my previous post Science and your consciousness).

Sheldrake and Hancock have called for a “free and open-live streamed public debate” with TED’s Scientific Board and/or TED founder Chris Anderson.

See a portion of the article from following this article snippet is a link to the full original article…

Censored TED speakers call for public debate

“Biologist Rupert Sheldrake and author Graham Hancock have called for a public debate on issues at the edge of mainstream science, after their talks as part of the TED series were removed from its YouTube channel.

To deal with the diverse and complex problems that our world is facing, “we need to challenge the dominant thought-paradigms and radically reassess the values which govern our world.”

So stated the organisers of TEDxWhitechapel, an independently organized event in London in January, which had licensed the TEDx branding as part of an international series of conferences aimed at sharing “ideas worth spreading.”

On 14 March, videos of two of the speakers from the event – Rupert Sheldrake and Graham Hancock – were removed from the TED talks YouTube channel at the request of the TED’s science board. It has triggered a substantial online debate about how much voice media platforms should give to ideas seen by some as radical.

In his talk, Sheldrake, a well-published scientist, spoke about the nature of consciousness and said that the assumptions of people who treat science as a “belief system” are holding back investigation of notions such as telepathy, or of how fixed the laws of nature are. He said limiting genuine scientific enquiry into such subjects could hinder a full understanding of the world.

Hancock, an established author, published in 27 languages, gave a talk titled War on Consciousness, about the role that psychotropic substances could play in progressing human consciousness.

The videos had together received more than 150,000 views in the month they were available and petitions for their reinstatement soon gathered hundreds of signatures. TED blog posts relating to the debate have drawn more than 4,000 comments, while copies of the videos have been posted elsewhere around the web independently.

Read full article here: Censored TED speakers call for public debate

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 8, 2013 10:08:38 pm

    Sounds more like TED protecting it’s interests rather than protecting our right to know and debate doesn’t it? 😉

    • April 11, 2013 10:08:45 pm

      Yes indeed… makes one think a bit more about who they’re not inviting to their fancy talks. Likely all the interesting people worth listening to. However, it does seem their “censorship” of these two great speakers has only succeeded in turning them viral.

      • April 11, 2013 10:08:26 pm

        That’s physics for you…every action, has an equal and opposite reaction 😉


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