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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: [Elisabeth Sahtouris can't get signed on and asked ime to post this for her.]

    TED Guidelines: “Your event must maintain the spirit of TED itself: multidisciplinary, focused on the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world.”

    In this spirit I was invited to give two TEDx talks, in Hamburg www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1mvI2hEzlA and in Marrakesh www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSNbtXEop0Q
    In both cases I identified myself as a scientist and quickly proceeded to challenge the very foundations of western science. The very things about which I spoke—crucial to deciding just what is, and what is not, scientific—now seem to be overlooked by the TED team making such decisions. Here they are:

    Science necessarily rests on unprovable foundational axioms or assumptions about the universe and how it can be studied. Without such assumptions it is impossible to make theories about how the universe works. Try making a theory without having any idea what you are theorizing about! Scientific assumptions are a set of statements that appear completely obvious to those making them, and, believe me, they are very culture-bound, as I will show.

    Unfortunately, scientists rarely refer to these assumptions, although they identify science along with the rigorous methodology demanded to qualify as science. We distinguish religion and science as the former gets its information through revelation and the latter through research. We might say, however, that both have a Creation Story, which in science is precisely its fundamental assumptions about the nature of its universe.

    It is increasingly evident in the scientific literature and through many public debates that scientists no longer all adhere to the same assumptions (story) and many believe the evident differences indicate a historic paradigm shift of the kind Thomas Kuhn’s classic The Structure of Scientific Revolutions described. I know no scientist who rejects Kuhn’s analysis of ...continued in next post
    • Apr 7 2013: Interesting talk - I note she talks of many scientists thinking of the universe as being alive (an organism) - something that TED specifically objected to in their announcement of cancellation of license. Looks like those talks will have to go into the naughty corner with all the others.

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