Joe Martin Posted over 1 year ago Rupert Sheldrake's TEDx talk: Detailing the issues Rupert Sheldrake is a "controversial figure". What does that mean? Is he controversial because he's a pseudo-scientist heck-bent on damaging the integrity of scientific discourse and needs to be quashed? Or is he controversial because he boldly speaks the truth about a scientific establishment whose thinking has gone a bit stale? What is TEDxTalks to do? It has inadvertently touched paths with one of the more deep-seated, often-times unpleasant, yet important and exciting controversies extant in science today. Should it opt out by declaring Sheldrake guilty-as-charged, thereby appeasing those who want his head...... ......or should it invite Rupert Sheldrake and his “opponents” to a series of TEDx sponsored debates? I cannot think of a “hotter” ticket, both in terms of its relevance to science and its crowd-pleasing potential.