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Discuss the note to the TED community on the withdrawal of the TEDxWestHollywood license.

For discussion: http://blog.ted.com/2013/04/01/a-note-to-the-ted-community-on-the-withdrawal-of-the-tedxwesthollywood-license


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    Apr 1 2013: Lara good to see this hard decision taken in such a professional way. Keep up the good work!
    • Apr 2 2013: Can you say specifically what is professional or 'good work' about this discriminatory decision?

      I see your profile describes yourself as an atheist. Is this the reason? These researchers are doing science, not religion. Any perceived overlap by those unfamiliar with their research doesn't not make it religion.

      An atheist is a person who disbelieves in models of God that no one else can agree the meaning upon. Whatever God means, the atheist disbelieves it, unless it all begins with an undefined accident. It may, therefore, be wiser to adopt the term 'agnostic', the term 'atheist' is a statement of faith.
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        Apr 2 2013: Hola Katie,

        TED is about "Ideas worth spreading". It is up to the TED organization to determine which ideas they consider worthy of being spread through the various TED channels, including website, YouTube channel, TEDx events, etc.

        The WestHollywood group is free to pursue their event in the same venue, on the same date, with the same content, and the same speakers. But TEDx is exercising their right to disassociate their brand from said event.

        My religious convictions, or lack thereof, are unrelated to this matter. I think it is about a group trying to bring credibility to their ideas by using the TEDx brand, and the TEDx organization being unwilling to let them do so.

        Well done Lara & team!



        PS: Agnostic vs. Atheist. Agnostic is someone who doesn't know whether God (in its various forms) exists or not. An Atheist thinks God does not exist. Although we canĀ“t be 100% sure (just like we can't be 100% of the Law of Gravity) I think that the odds of God existing are so small that calling myself an Agnostic is disingenuous and inaccurate. Although imperfect, the Atheist label (as much as I dislike labels) better represents my current thinking.

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