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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 6 2013: Scientists like Targ and Dossey are in a very difficult spot. Right in the middle of a war with dogmatic atheists on one side, a fundamentalist religions on the other side. It's a pretty scary middle ground to walk on, but they do. They do the scientific work that the dogmatic/fundamentalist "believers" at either end of the spectrum don't want anyone doing.

    The religious fundamentalists are something everyone is familiar with. You can always find some violent person with a distorted view of faith to pin all of the problems of the world on. But it's never really that simple. Many people benefit from the sense of community faith can provide. And the majority of religious people would never substitute faith for science. It's a case of a small militant minority causing problems for everybody else.

    The radical skeptics often claim to be on the side of science, but they are being disingenuous. They aren't funding research into the nature of consciousness. They are actually working hard to suppress it. In their own way what they do is every bit as faith-based as any religion. They actually see science as the enemy, at least any science they disagree with.

    It's sad to see TED falling into the skeptical dogma as company policy. It would be just as sad to see TED become an organization dedicated to promoting the values of the Westboro Baptiste Church. I'd like to see a variety of POVs represented here, but as far as the TEDx talks goes, that won't happen. Science will not be fully represented here.
    • Apr 6 2013: Takes in a deeeep breath of fresh air, Thanks Sandy! :)
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        Apr 7 2013: You're welcome. I wish I knew why my original reply was deleted.
    • Apr 6 2013: Spot on Sandy. The talk of "brain viruses" is surely as dangerous as any talk in human history.

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