Started by Brocke, Jun 28, 2013, 06:21:13 PM
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Quote"At TEDxWhitechapel on January 13, 2013, Rupert Sheldrake gave a provocative talk in which he suggests that modern science is based on ten dogmas, and makes the case that none of them hold up to scrutiny. According to him, these dogmas — including, for example, that nature is mechanical and purposeless, that the laws and constants of nature are fixed, and that psychic phenomena like telepathy are impossible — have held back the pursuit of knowledge.TED's scientific advisors have questioned whether his list is a fair description of scientific assumptions — indeed, several of the dogmas are actually active areas of science inquiry (including whether physical 'constants' are really unchanging) — and believe there is little evidence for some of Sheldrake's more radical claims, such as his theory of morphic resonance, and claim that the speed of light has been changing. They recommended that the talk be should not be distributed without being framed with caution. Accordingly, we have reposted his talk here, with the above cautionary introduction. We invite scientists, skeptics, knowledge-seekers and supporters — and Sheldrake himself, if he's willing — to join in a conversation over this talk. "
QuoteQuick background – comedian Sarah Silverman, who is known for shock and insult humor, was invited to give a TED talk. She was subsquently trashed by TED organizer Chris Anderson, who tweeted "I know I shouldn't say this about one of my own speakers, but I thought Sarah Silverman was god-awful..."The problem was that Silverman kept using the word "retarded" to fight Sarah Palin's recent rant about the word. The whole talk flew right over the TED crowd.Anderson deleted his tweet, but Silverman hit back today with her own, saying "Kudos to @TEDChris for making TED an unsafe haven for all! You're a barnacle of mediocrity on Bill Gates' asshole."Anderson, who tries to stay above the fray, must be so pleased.And then, somewhat randomly, AOL founder Steve Case waded into the fight to defend Anderson. He (also tweeting) said "Shame on you" to Silverman, adding "The sad thing is you're not that funny."Silverman's response: "@SteveCase You should be nicer to the last person on earth w an aol account."...the fight between Silverman and Case continued, but you get the picture.
QuoteYet another TED talk banned by the TED community due to the challenge it poses to mainstream science. The talk was done at a TEDx conference and aired on the TEDx YouTube channel for a period of time before it was removed due to its content. After personally listening to this talk it is quite clear why it was censored. It isn't that it explores faulty information or even offensive topics, it is simply that it explores a topic that is greatly feared by mainstream medicine and science. Graham brings light to the war on consciousness that exists in our modern society, especially in the western world. He makes the argument that modern society does not allow us to truly explore our consciousness by making various psychedelic drugs illegal while we ar instead fed pharmaceutical drugs that have negative effects on health. He points out the fact that this does not allow us to have true freedom and that exploring our consciousness may very well be a crucial step in changes we must make on the planet if we are to find a way to survive as a species.
QuoteThis past March, millionaire tech investor and entrepreneur Nick Hanauer – one of the early backers of Amazon.com – gave a talk at a TED conference in which, among other things, suggested that middle-class consumers, not rich people, are the real job creators – and that because of this rich people should be paying more in taxes. Though the talk drew applause from conference attendees at the time, TED Talk curator Chris Anderson decided it wasn't worth sharing with the wider world, and refused to post it on TED's website.Read more: http://business.time.com/2012/05/18/was-nick-hanauers-ted-talk-on-income-inequality-too-rich-for-rich-people/#ixzz2XqDLlTl3