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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 3 2013: Chris Anderson: '...We're all committed to open enquiry. But also to appropriate skepticism. Those two things can occasionally conflict. And when they do, we make our best judgement...'

    Chris, are you aware, you are censoring scientists (Targ, Dossey, Sheldrake, Schlitz, etc.) who have conducted proper long-term scientific lab research while allowing TED speakers such as James Randi, Michael Shermer, etc. talking upon subjects they are completely unqualified to comment upon since their research is unscientific and practically non-existent!
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        Apr 3 2013: Yes, it is censorship. I know you've skirted around the issue by pretending that it isn't *really* censorship, but you are editing what the public is allowed to see for all intensive purposes.

        Do you really think censorship is the way to promote TED as the place for sharing ideas? Are Jerry Coyne's ideas the only ideas worth spreading now?

        Russell Targ's research was published in Nature, one of the most mainstream forums for scientific work there is. And he was singled out by TED as somehow inappropriate. It's hard to imagine that work published in Nature back in the 1970's is far too advanced for TED.
      • Apr 3 2013: What you are doing is somewhat similar to soft censorship. Soft censorships is generally thought of as something that governments do, but in a world where NGOs and transnational corporations hold increasing power, I believe the term can be applied to actions by organisations who are taking over roles traditionally held by governments.

        Censorship in the book burning sense can not exist in a world that has an open and free internet. Either the word becomes archaic or it's meaning changes to suit the new situation.

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