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Joe Anderson
Posted about 2 years ago
Discuss the note to the TED community on the withdrawal of the TEDxWestHollywood license.
By continuing to post a link to Josephson's website, and telling other people they don't know what they're doing when they try to, Hoopes has shown he's clearly trolling. Same goes for his constantly deleting posts so that the discussion becomes completely disjointed. Aja or someone from TED needs to step in and get this person under control. Or maybe this is what TED wants; not a substantive discussion but a cartoonish one.
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Joe Anderson
Posted about 2 years ago
Discuss the note to the TED community on the withdrawal of the TEDxWestHollywood license.
"No participants in this discussion are secret members of our moderation team." Hi Aja, if that's the case please explain why John Hoopes seems to be the only person who can add the link to Brian Josephson's page and everyone else who adds the link has their post automatically deleted? This is not an unimportant matter so please don't try to sweep it under the rug. It seems likely based on what John Campbell has posted that Hoopes has administrative privileges and that is why he/she has been able to post the link, delete posts, etc.
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Joe Anderson
Posted over 2 years ago
The debate about Rupert Sheldrake's talk
Why has TED decided to leave the following inane comment by Jimmy Randy up, yet delete comments by those who object to it? How is this not considered "insulting" and "intemperate"? Jimmy Randy says, "is there a source for the scientists who support Sheldrake's work, and their personal drug habits specifically? (I'd like to know which working scientists support Sheldrake's work that also happen to be hard drug users, LSD etc.) I'd like to know if sober scientists hold a different position on his work, or is it truly split?" I'm through with this farce of a discussion. Do the right thing. Have a real debate with the man your Scientific Board slandered and recommended censoring. Do the folks at TED really believe this will all end in another 5 days when this "discussion" is over? Good luck with that.
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Joe Anderson
Posted over 2 years ago
The debate about Rupert Sheldrake's talk
Thanks for that Michael. Did you know Dennett is on the TED Brain Trust? You should take a look at the scientists on it- I think most are well known atheists, many actively opposed to people like Sheldrake. Might explain a lot. http://www.ted.com/pages/41
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Joe Anderson
Posted over 2 years ago
The debate about Rupert Sheldrake's talk
Hi Christophe. Based on your comment I'm assuming you wish Sheldrake hadn't been invited to speak and you consider him a "pseudoscientist"- is this correct? Can you tell me on what basis you consider Sheldrake to be a "pseudoscientist"? Please be specific, not vague. Also, have you bothered to read Sheldrake's response to the charges made against him by the TED Scientific Board? You can read them at the link below. Let me know what you think. Thanks! http://blog.ted.com/2013/03/14/open-for-discussion-graham-hancock-and-rupert-sheldrake/
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Joe Anderson
Posted over 2 years ago
The debate about Rupert Sheldrake's talk
Hi Jimmy Randy. Sheldrake says, "But materialist philosophers and scientists are still in the majority, and they argue that consciousness does nothing – it is either an illusion or an ”epiphenomenon” of brain activity." You take issue with this and ask who believes this. I would suggest most of the scientists you look up to believe this, including Richard Dawkins. Susan Blackmore wrote an article titled "The Grand Illusion: Why consciousness exists only when you look for it". I can understand why if you've never really put any serious thought into these issues that you are unaware of just how prevalent this viewpoint is. Anyway, please continue with your thoughts on Sheldrake's rebuttal. Thanks.
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Joe Anderson
Posted over 2 years ago
The debate about Rupert Sheldrake's talk
"Hi Joe, who cares?" You obviously, or you wouldn't have said what you did. Anyway, I'll take that as another no. Similar to how you haven't read any of Sheldrake's papers or books, yet are certain it just has to be a load of nonsense.