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Who feels that TED curation should include peer-review in order to maintain standards at a high level?

This talk is selected because it is recent and is representive of a small number of talks which turn out to be either pseudo-science or self-promoting (or both).

I hold TED in high regard for the global stature of the talks generally, the high moral standards of the projects being presented, and their technical / scientific rigour. In short, I trust TED. But the minority of 'fuzzy' talks is eroding that trust and reducing my interest in TED as a whole.

I believe that the TED screening process should be more rigorous and in particular should actively eliminate talks that :
a. have no clear basis in science (via peer review).
b. have no commercial agenda (e.g. a product or service aimed at the public which exposure via TED would help - e.g. a book).

In some cases the latter criterion may be hard to justify in the interests of spreading the TED message. But in no circumstances should both a. and b. be permitted in my view.

Do you feel I am being too sensitive/precious about the TED 'brand'?
Do you consider TED entertainment or education?
Do you trust the speakers on faith or do you research around a topic of interest?

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    Sep 18 2013: they have that already. ted has a scientific advisory board, members and reports of which are not disclosed. if any not-so scientific talks slip through, it is probably because the curators believed it is interesting enough, even if not up to the highest standards.
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    Sep 23 2013: You may be a little sensitive/precious. On rereading your question for the third time the thought that slid into my mind was the thing that people say when someone moans about the quality of the television content : "The remote has a set of buttons that can change the channel or even turn the thing off." I watch and listen to the TED talks that interest me and turn off the ones that don't. There are plenty that stimulate, enrapture, enthral, entertain and make me cry.
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    Sep 18 2013: I typically follow up on topics that interest me. Some talks are presentations of scholarly research. Others are not but show a perspective a TED audience may find interesting.

    It is useful to recognize that some of the talks are not research-driven in the sense of drawing conclusions from rigorous research.
  • Sep 14 2013: A question for the TED team if they are reading - What are the metrics used to determine the success of a talk?