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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: TED's closing statement on the Sheldrake and Hancock talks has been published. I think it's identical in both cases strangely enough.


    • Apr 5 2013: Well, that's a whole lotta nothin.' Actually it's only a few graphs o' nothin.' I guess they've given up on stating their actual reasons for removing the talks.
      • Apr 5 2013: It would have been nice if they could have mustered up one complaint in three weeks that didn't have to be crossed out almost as fast as it was written. Thus, we have two completely different talks, one largely philosophy of science and one largely sociopolitical, both removed for completely undisclosed reasons, but still apparently based on an analysis by an anonymous "science" board whose only public demonstration of their prowess was so preposterous it didn't last five minutes. And all we have by way of further clarification is an (identical in both cases) nebulous allusion to skepticism and critical thinking and a further excuse (not a reason) for why the science board has to be anonymous. Oh, and it wasn't censorship.
    • Apr 5 2013: Well, that was entirely expected.

      It's obvious that a skeptic coup has taken place.
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      Apr 5 2013: Thanks, Steve: As strange as it might sound to some, I'm happy to encourage Chris Anderson in his decisions. It doesn't mean I'd agree with them, but free will and open choice are paramount values. Everyone gets to make their own mistakes and bask in their own triumphs, otherwise there's zero learning or incentive to grow and change.
      • Apr 5 2013: I think there are still serious questions to answer. One would be: if someone gives a talk and some of TED's "friends" decide they don't like it or the person giving it, is TED going to hold that person up for public ridicule by allowing an anonymous group to make unfounded/fabricated allegations about, and criticisms of, their work and character?

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