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Brian Josephson
Posted over 1 year ago
The debate about Rupert Sheldrake's talk
Almost certainly? I doubt it! In fact I did draw the issue to TED's attention quite some time ago, resending it as suggested by marking it URGENT, and nothing has happened. You can draw your own conclusions from that. However, I've since seen the part of JC's comment that A. didn't quote, so perhaps JC was correct. Once I got blocked from commenting in Nature's blog and eventually the web people were able to fix that. My blocking once from arxiv, removed when I complained about their 'system error' was something different in character, I believe -- arxiv's behaviour is more sinister and significant even than TED's. See http://www. tcm. phy. cam. ac. uk/~bdj10/articles/arxiv_correspondence.html
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Brian Josephson
Posted over 1 year ago
The debate about Rupert Sheldrake's talk
Alternatives? Try http://www.closertotruth.com/ . I don't know where their funding comes from but they have an impressive team of getting on for a dozen people involved in filming -- totally unlike that of UK TV I've been involved with where about 3 people (e.g. cameraman, interviewer and director) is about the most that are involved at the time. The spectrum of interviewees for Closer to Truth, which is a pretty big enterprise, ranges all the way from Charles Tart (altered states of consciousness, psi) to Steven Weinberg (who believes ESP is so improbable that it is not worth studying the evidence) -- beat that, TED!
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Brian Josephson
Posted over 1 year ago
The debate about Rupert Sheldrake's talk
Just to get another word in before the window closes ... Saying TED doesn't want particular videos to appear under TED's banner is one thing, but stopping visitors learning about specific non-pornographic material just because they object to the ideas expressed is censorship de luxe! I gave a lecture to a student group recently about this kind of thing; you can listen to that lecture, 'Heretical Science', at http://sms.cam.ac.uk/collection/664697 (not on our group's web server so it may not be blocked by TED). People interested in moving on from the present paradigm may also be interested in the symposium on 'Shifting Assumptions in Science', which you can find in the same list. We are currently working on developing John Archibald Wheeler's proposal that observer-participation is the fundamental creative mechanism in nature (see the very preliminary paper entitled 'Biological Observer-Participation and Wheeler's "Law without Law" ' in the physics preprint archive).
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Brian Josephson
Posted over 1 year ago
The debate about Rupert Sheldrake's talk
I've asked them to fix their 'error': "According to http://www.ted.com/conversations/17189/the_debate_about_rupert_sheldr.html, all postings containing links to our Theory of Condensed Matter Group's server (...) are blocked. Our group is one of the most highly regarded groups in the whole of physics and I trust you will fix this unfortunate error." The situation is that TCM is not 'my group', just the group in the Cavendish that I belong to. I am just one of a group with the order of 60 members, 6 of whom are current full professors, and all of their web pages are being blocked by TED. Interestingly enough, my email trail showed that in 2011 I'd written to them saying 'I don't ... see any decent talks on the subject of paranormal phenomena' and it had been suggested in response by 'Michael' that I recommend a speaker. I think though that this was an automatic response.