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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 5 2013: No, that's not it at all. To those in the atheist/freethinking/skeptical movement, the same flawed rationale that leads to belief in gods is the same flawed rationale that leads to belief in psi.
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      Apr 5 2013: I don't believe blindly in anything. Based on the peer-reviewed published literature available on psi research, I find that there is convincing evidence to suggest that psi is a possibility.

      I'm not religious. My educational background is in science. I've looked at and carefully considered the evidence. Have you?
      • Apr 5 2013: I've looked FOR the evidence, still haven't seen any.
      • Apr 5 2013: I've done enough reading. I haven't seen any studies that didn't have significantly flawed methodologies and non-reproducible results. That last one's hilarious. The items it claims can't be explained by science (well, those that actually exist) all can and have been . I'd recommend an up to date edition might be in order, but it was making false claims even as far back as 2009...

        I do, however, love the comment: "Later sections discuss such disparate topics as memories that survive physical death, near death experiences, automatic writing and out-of-body experiences, apparitions and deathbed visions. I have only a minor quibble about the inclusion of multiple personality disorder, which is controversial and the evidence for it not strong."

        F'ing brilliant! LMAO!
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          Apr 5 2013: So you've "done enough reading"? Must be nice.

          As a scientist, I never stop reading. There are always new things to learn.

          You skeptics have it easy!
      • Apr 5 2013: I've done enough reading on THIS topic. The existence of these magical powers has been tested, tested, tested, tested, tested and retested for decades. At some point, you have to stop beating that horse. I'll stick to learning things that exist in this reality, thanks.
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          Apr 5 2013: Have you done ANY reading on this topic? Or did you make up your mind a priori?

          I have no problem with the fact that you are unwilling to read the literature. You are entitled to your ignorance on any matter you choose. It's the fact that you proclaim a book as being "bad" when you obviously haven't read it that makes me wonder how anyone could be so entrenched in a dogma that even looking at the opposing POV isn't allowed.
    • Apr 5 2013: Heck what's a "free-thinker" Tony? And why do you label yourself as one of those?
    • Apr 5 2013: Thanks. I think we all knew TED's decision-making was being driven by atheist evangelists. It's nice to have more background and insight into the thinking
    • Apr 5 2013: Tony, "flawed rationale", like first-hand experience?
    • Apr 5 2013: Free thinking skeptics? Now that's a good one.

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