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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 3 2013: I think a debate between Myers & Coyne on the one side and Sheldrake and Hancock on the other would be very welcome. No-one needs be afraid of a debate. And if TED hosted it, all bad feeling about what has happened would dissipate.
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      Apr 3 2013: Well said, Pegasus JM! I think a friendly debate between all parties would be an excellent resolution. There needn't be winners and losers, just a willingness to listen on both sides - followed my a much-needed hand shake.

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