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Hi all,

In light of TED's recent decision to remove videos that question scientism, I know some of us are thinking that we can't trust TED, or any closed organization, to spread bold and innovative ideas. Some of us are thinking about a free and open platform for doing the same.

Are people interested in the idea of a website to host short user-generated videos describing whatever ideas the speaker thinks are worth sharing?

TED's 18-minute video format has been very successful. So has its diversity of topics, from every branch of science, art, social engagement and personal experience. This could be kept intact.

Quality control is obviously an issue here - I would love to hear some suggestions about how other open-content projects have dealt with that.
Bandwidth would not be a huge issue, as the videos could be uploaded to Youtube and embedded.
The website would need to attract some big names to get the ball rolling - any ideas about how to do this would be welcome.

What do you think?


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    Mar 18 2013: scientism is a term now?
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      Mar 18 2013: Coined, in fact, by Hayek, though the use has morphed somewhat: "It was Hayek who coined the term “scientism”, but the word quickly took on a life of its own. As Hayek first used the term, “scientism” was defined as the confused adoption of a false understanding of the actual methods and nature of science, a false picture taken from a defective understanding of the example of “science” provided by the most simple causal and mathematical relations in physics and chemistry (even simple phenomena are falsely characterized by this defective conception of “science”) and extended in pathological fashion to complex phenomena involving the domains of the human, the social, and the biological. "
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        Mar 18 2013: thanks. it is a bad idea of a name. physicism would be better, perhaps. sociology is a valid science, but employing the toolset of physics in sociology is ... questionable.

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