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'Further to Our Last Conversation Here Concerning the TED Treatment of Dr. Rupert Sheldrake's TEDx Talk'

It seems to me that this issue is far from over and done with.


Closing Statement from Julie Baxter

This is a tough one. The truth is that the proponents on all sides want a resolution to this problem, but there seems to be no response from TED. We're all in state of a quandary as to why there has been a distinct absence of feedback. The overriding feeling here appears to be that Rupert Sheldrake has been treated very shabbily and that a scientist of his qualifications and caliber deserves considerably more respect. Some of us feel sure that Chris Anderson will do the right (gentlemanly?) thing, while others are less inclined to hold their breath.

That aside, it would have been better if this conversation had been allowed a little more time to find its feet. Twenty-four-hours is a very limiting on-line timescale.

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    Apr 2 2013: Anyone here believe that Rupert Sheldrake deserves a full and frank explanation for the behaviour and attitude of TED with regard to his TEDx talk?
    • Apr 3 2013: I have to agree with Barry. The clock ran out on that one and I think it was time for it to end. However, have you been to Craig Weiler's blog? Also, let's maintain a presence here, constructively commenting on other topics or starting new topics of interest. I personally don't plan on leaving this place just yet, because I'm encouraged that there are still many open minded individuals here who believe in free inquiry.
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        Apr 3 2013: I too think it's time for this to end. But I would at least like to believe it might end in the right solution. It would take away that bitter residue of injustice that permeates the place, and which will continue to do so unless there is closure on this important issue.
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          Apr 3 2013: TED's actions were slander & libel, also damaging business & contractual relations, injuring the authors in their careers. It should probably be settled in a legal arena, but at the least TED could actually exchange information with the authors or host a debate they actually participate in--or have I missed anything of substance besides continual veiled insults of the authors and a poor trade for the damage they caused?


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