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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: It is so odd for a high-minded enterprise to try to set parameters as TED has been doing. That a subject would be a bugaboo -- god forbid anyone talk about psi -- instead of well-respected, credentialed people being able to talk about anything, especially what's on the edge, is unfathomably short-sighted and was bound to cause TED grief. That's not to mention the disrespect TED pays to people who deserve better.
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      Apr 6 2013: You write, "It is so odd for a high-minded enterprise to try to set parameters..." Why is that so odd? Isn't setting parameters exactly what makes it high-minded?
      • Apr 6 2013: You are intentionally misrepresenting her words for a cheap rhetoric effect. Not looking very high-minded here.
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          Apr 6 2013: No, I am not intentionally misrepresenting her words. In my quotation, I truncated the words after "parameters" not to change the meaning of her sentence (which it did not), but because they were irrelevant to my point. This was not, as you describe it, "a cheap rhetoric effect."

          Whether the parameters were "as TED has been doing" or not, one of the qualities of a "high-minded enterprise" is that it sets parameters.

          That said, I would like to point out that the meaning of Suzanne's sentence is unclear. Did she intend to mean "as TED has been doing since its inception" (as I interpreted it) or did she intend to mean "as TED has been doing in its decisions regarding the Sheldrake, Hancock, and West Hollywood events" (as you may have read it)?

          The reason why I interpreted it as I did is that many of the participants in this discussion, including Suzanne, seem to think that TED should have no parameters at all for distinguishing "ideas worth spreading" from "ideas not worth spreading."
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        Apr 6 2013: Hoopes -- "It is so odd for a high-minded enterprise to try to set parameters as TED has been doing," is what I said. You distorted my meaning by leaving out the last part, "as TED has been doing." This is the typical way you make posts, where you hijack so much energy on this blog as people dutifully take you on to straighten out what you skew. No more for me.

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