I recall the pleasure with which I discovered my first TED Talk on Youtube. At last something substancial and worth watching on YouTube.
TED, globally known as a showcase of ideas, hosts “fascinating thinkers and doers” who occupy a stage for 18 minutes or less to share their ideas with a global audience. Started in 1984, TED began as “a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader.”
TED’s mission statement reads:
“We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.”
Imagine my dismay when recently I disovered that two TED talks had been posted, and then removed from YouTube.
TED, the popular conference organizer, recently censured two contributors for their TEDx talks, and cancelled an upcoming TEDx event due to the participation of two others. The four share an interest in the possibility that consciousness extends beyond the brain. In an open letter, Ken Jordan, Reality Sdandwich's publisher and editorial director, invited TED's curator, Chris Anderson, to an online forum to explain his action.
I may, or may not, agree with Dr. Sheldrake's assertion that 'consciousness extends beyond the brain', but more importantly I feel that I have the right to make my own decision about his view of science.
Dr. Rupert Sheldrake's TEDx talk censored by the 'scientific board' of TED and removed from YouTube. It was later reposted by someone not associated with TED Talks.
Dr. Rupert Sheldrake talks about his banned TED talk on Skeptiko with Alex Tsakiris