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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 4 2013: I have never heard of Sheldrake nor Hancock before. Never heard of most the TED and TEDx speakers either before i heard of them. I like ideas though, especially when they can help us push our personal and collective understanding of who we are and what surrounds us. Does materialism and spiritualism are so exclusive that one has to reject the other to embrace one fully? The one who can say that god does not exist and science can and should explain everything is a fool. The one who says that god does exist and he alone is the maker of all things is a fool. But why bother debating? What is the risk of opening up to unconventional scientific ideas? How one defines progress? Where does it start?
    Not long ago questioning our beliefs in the irrefutability of the effectiveness of antibiotics and the inability of microbes to adapt to environmental threats and affirming that these will result in what we know now would have been considered pseudo-science. Perhaps allowing to question our beliefs and foundations of such system of beliefs should be allowed more often, and TED has been that vehicle for a long time, hasn't it?
    Here is a good example (I think): microbes do communicate with one another. No, they react chemically to change. Well, they do, but taken outside our body and individually, this phenomena cannot be replicated. The human microbiome contributes some 8 million unique protein-coding genes or 360 times more bacterial genes than human genes. But if you suppress (in an unhealthy individual) say 20% of the 10,000 different microorganisms that make our body (note that we use to say inhabit), they will only contribute to 4 million pcgs. An old Indian from the Amazon would have told you that. And perhaps the great vine would have taught him that. What's wrong with that?

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