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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 7 2013: just when i thought that the Sheldrake-Hancock TED controversy is dying, i read this on The Independent.

    "With over 500 million YouTube views, TED Talks have attracted guest speakers such as Bill Gates, Richard Dawkins and Julian Assange and in the process, made conferences cool again.
    But in recent weeks TED Talks – with their mantra - ‘ideas worth sharing’ - have been accused of censorship after two British speakers had their talks removed from TED’s official website.

    The row involves two British speakers, the journalist and author Graham Hancock and Cambridge and Harvard University lecturer Rupert Sheldrake. Both speakers have been deemed as ‘provocative’ amid accusations of ‘pseudoscience’ at lectures they gave at a TEDx talk – a franchised spin-off of the main TED Talk brand. Hancock describes a ‘war on consciousness’ that prevents the world from gaining a higher state of awareness through shamanic principles and psychoactives like the South American potion, ayahuasca."

    ~ http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/ted-conference-censorship-row-8563105.html
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      Apr 7 2013: The comments section is rather interesting. It's good the conversation can spread into places not controlled by TED.
      • Apr 7 2013: exactly. the discussion on The Independent is not only interesting but also more factual! i'm still waiting for this issue of TED "censorship" to go viral. maybe if it does go viral TED will be forced into a position to admit their mistake and do the right thing. honesty is the best PR policy.
      • Apr 7 2013: i've seen the comment thread on the Independent. Chris Anderson is still trying to fan the fire by doing intellectual contortions. it really pains me to see him get pummeled by people who are on the correct side of the argument. and i'm saying this as a fan of TED.

        to the TED Staff, i repeat. honesty is the best PR policy.
      • Apr 7 2013: and here's another comment i posted on the Independent. i do feel sorry for Chris Anderson getting pummeled by people (present company included) who have the facts to back up their claims.

        ~ http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/ted-conference-censorship-row-8563105.html#comment-855424178

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