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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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    "TED's management of this whole saga leaves much to be desired. The debate they called for happened without them. TED's curator Chris Anderson largely abstained. The only TED 'official', a translator, verbally abused TEDx speakers and debate commentators.

    TED has failed to issue an apology for the slandering accusations made against Sheldrake and Hancock. TED also failed to provide any satisfactory substance on the reasons for the suppression of their videos. "

    "The talks were taken down shortly after complaints from Jerry Coyne, a biologist well known for his militant atheism. TED representatives thanked him for his help, and posted a link to what they called a 'careful rebuttal' of Rupert Sheldrake's claims. The link led to Jerry Coyne's personal blog. In response to cries of pseudoscience, both Messrs Sheldrake and Hancock wrote detailed refutals, and both offered their readiness to engage in public debate with their critics. To my knowledge, TED has not replied to this. But as a follower of the debates from the very start, I must say that TED have not been transparent at all with their members."

    "TED still refuses to address the substance of the arguments put forward in that forum. So, not so much a debate, really, as there was no official TED representative in them, and no acknowledgement by TED of the salient points. They still have never replaced their crossed out justification for the original removal. So, the matter is closed for TED, without their ever explaining their reasons for deleting the videos."

    "Although both Sheldrake and Hancock were talking about the philosophy of science, both have demonstrated higher scientific standards than TED."

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