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The debate about Rupert Sheldrake's talk

Please use this space to comment on the debate around Rupert Sheldrake's TEDx talk, as described here:

http://blog.ted.com/2013/03/19/the-debate-about-rupert-sheldrakes-talk/

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Closing Statement from TED

Thanks to all who participated in this conversation on TED's decision to move Rupert Sheldrake's talk from YouTube to TED.com. It was scheduled as a 2-week conversation, and has now closed. But the archive will remain visible here.

We'd like to respond here to some of the questions raised in the course of the discussion.

Some asked whether this was "censorship." Now, it's pretty clear that it isn't censorship, since the talk itself is literally a click away on this very site, and easily findable on Google. But it raises an interesting question about curation. Should TED play *any* curatorial role in the content it allows its TEDx organizers to promote? We believe we should. And once you accept a role for curatorial limits, you have to accept there will be times when disputes arise.

A number of questions were raised about TED's science board: How it works and why the member list isn't public. Our science board has 5 members -- all working scientists or distinguished science journalists. When we encounter a scientific talk that raises questions, they advise us on their position. I and my team here at TED make the final decisions. We keep the names of the science board private. This is a common practice for science review boards in the academic world, which preserves the objectivity of the recommendations and also protects the participants from retribution or harassment.

Finally, let me say that TED is 100% committed to open enquiry, including challenges to orthodox thinking. But we're also firm believers in appropriate skepticism, or critical thinking. Those two instincts will sometimes conflict, as they did in this case. That's why we invited this debate. The process hasn't been perfect. But it has been undertaken in passionate pursuit of these core values.

The talk, and this conversation, will remain here, and all are invited to make their own reasoned judgement.

Thanks for listening.

Chris Anderson, TED Curator

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    Apr 2 2013: On of the main problems was "either or thinking"
    'Classical Physics works for what it works for but not for the extremely small the particle and the wave

    Here the "OBSERVER effects the observed.

    in personal experience this translates as "The Observer is the observed"
    Krishnamurti used Bohm's term paraphrased "You are the World and the World is You"
    • Apr 2 2013: I wrote before on how such "quantum" phenomena occur on macro-events as well - thus challenging the materialist predicate. See this for more: http://arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/0202158

      See also and especially this item:: http://henry.pha.jhu.edu/aspect.html

      I think it's important to view that in light of other information presented here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R32DEEY27DH8J6/ref=cm_cr_rev_detmd_pl?ie=UTF8&asin=0770436706&cdForum=Fx331MZOPIFPR1D&cdMsgID=Mx28JY1QZOCITBM&cdMsgNo=13&cdPage=2&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=Tx3FGGFGBW1I8QU&store=books#Mx28JY1QZOCITBM

      you stated: "in personal experience this translates as "The Observer is the observed"
      Krishnamurti used Bohm's term paraphrased "You are the World and the World is You""

      I would argue that this is certainly true psychologically, and that there arises physical effects from that - a freeing up of tensions - and possible intention based action at a distance as well, as the "broadcast signal" becomes more coherent. It's a theory I have relating to personal experience that the Amazon link provides some basis for.
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        Apr 2 2013: Ben said,..."and that there arises physical effects from that - a freeing up of tensions - and possible intention based action at a distance as well, as the "broadcast signal" becomes more coherent."

        i would add that this is the key element of manifesting anything
        i.e. relaxed state of awareness- intention-embodiment.......

        you said ""broadcast signal" becomes more coherent." this is the key to all telepathy and remote viewing.. the field has all data and it is accessible with protocol and focus and intention
        • Apr 2 2013: Or, for what you describe, perhaps there is greater receptivity - that is another way of looking at it.

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