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Julia Stefan
Posted about 1 year ago
The debate about Rupert Sheldrake's talk
It would be really interesting to see more scientists explaining why these ideas are implausible to them. However, does it really take a hero to respond to harsh online posts? For now it seems like a majority of TED users want the talks back on the main website? Would you consider doing that?
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Julia Stefan
Posted about 1 year ago
The debate about Rupert Sheldrake's talk
Here is the first blog post: http://blog.ted.com/2013/03/14/open-for-discussion-graham-hancock-and-rupert-sheldrake/ Here is the second: http://blog.ted.com/2013/03/18/graham-hancock-and-rupert-sheldrake-a-fresh-take/
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Julia Stefan
Posted about 1 year ago
The debate about Rupert Sheldrake's talk
I think the "issue" isn't simply that of propaganda and censorship but even more than that, the way that it was handled by TED. A lot of the outcry concerned the way that TED addressed Sheldrake and Hancock that many of the people commenting would classify as "defamatory" and TED as "clumsy". More accurately, the situation was described as; "Graham Hancock put out an immediate alert that he was about to be “censored”, his army of passionate supporters deluged us with outraged messages, and we then felt compelled to accelerate our blog post and used language that in retrospect was clumsy." Another "clumsy" move by TED, in my opinion. By many here this is read as shrugging off the responsibility for the situation. Additionally it poses the assumption that all the following outrage was caused solely by supporters, and I'm under the impression that this is a self-defensive generalization. People want to know who evaluates the talks and on what grounds, because the information that was given in the initial blog post didn't shed much light on that. On the contrary, it seemed to dismiss the talks with more misleading information.
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Julia Stefan
Posted about 1 year ago
The debate about Rupert Sheldrake's talk
I've followed the discussions on this subject since yesterday and I have found it very interesting so far. They are controversial talks, and this is a tricky issue. A lot of insightful comments have been made from both sides. But your comments, Krisztián, are nothing short of disrespectful and insulting and I think they add nothing to this matter. I'm not particularly in favour of the talks in question, but I wouldn't dismiss them either. I haven't commented so far because I'm not highly knowledgable in these scientific and philosophical fields. Perhaps having a separate section on TED for the more esoteric subjects that may be seen as controversial would be an idea; though I understand that classifying these talks poses a whole new challenge. I would hate to see these talks disappear though, and I think that TED needs to contemplate the options of offering these talks to people as well. This is what you want after all, people thinking about and discussing these ideas. It's not about taking the information that is given as granted and set in stone, but most of all to learn something new and consider the possibilities.