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The debate about Graham Hancock's talk

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



Closing Statement from TED

Thanks to all who participated in this conversation on TED's decision to move Graham Hancock'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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    Mar 30 2013: I have to admit I am so tired of the denial of the alternate realities. So many people in the world whether through meditation, journeyng or visioning can access other realities.
    Why are people so afraid to explore these other realities?
    Are we as a people so afraid of being 'out of control'or what?. It is so stifling to observe so much fear especially from the scientific community. Can they not access through quantum physics, parallel universes in physics or string theories? They need personal therapy to get out of their own rigid belief systems.They are STUCK.
    Many decades ago I took LSD when I was 15 years old. It woke me up to how aware I already was. I have been on a personal growth journey ever since. I am now in my early 60s and plan to go to Peru later this year and take ayahuesca for the first time. This is not recreation but spiritual. I have been working with a Shaman here in Florida as my paintings constantly reveal other realities and I want to deepen that connection. This is exciting stuff. Are we so arrogant that we think 3 dimensions is all there is? Can we get off these stupid judgments?
    I have always respected TEDs intention of bringing us great talks and minds...so enjoyable. BUT I am extremely disappointed that their egos and intellects are screwing things up badly concerning this issue. They need to suck it up and apologize!
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      Mar 30 2013: Join the club, Denny. There are also plenty of people who are tired of the denial that Jesus is Lord or that Allah is One and Muhammad is his Prophet. I don't think an argument based on numbers is in your favor.

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