• Petitioning TEDx Talks

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TEDx Talks
Curator, TED
Terry Anderson

TED: Stop the censoring of the Graham Hancock TEDx Talks video.

    1. Scott Bryson
    2. Petition by

      Scott Bryson

      Malibu, CA

Graham Hancock

In his own words:

"Urgent call for help against an attempt to censor my work.

I have received notification today that my recent 18-minute TEDx video presentation, “The War on Consciousness” (YouTube) which has at time of writing received more than 132,000 views, is to be deleted from the TEDx website because what I say in that presentation allegedly “strays well beyond the realm of reasonable science”, and because I allegedly make “non-scientific and reckless” statements about psychotropic drugs. I am fighting these charges from TED’s Science Board which in my opinion are untrue and amount to nothing more than an ideologically driven attempt to censor my work. All the indications, however, are that my presentation will be deleted some time today...

...I don’t intend to allow this bizarre transgression of my freedom of speech on the part of an institution – TED – for which I once had the highest respect, to pass without a fight..."   (paraphrased)

Graham Hancock (born 2 August 1950 in Edinburgh, Scotland) is a British writer and journalist. Hancock specialises in unconventional theories involving ancient civilizations, stone monuments or megaliths, altered states of consciousness, ancient myths and astronomical/astrological data from the past. One of the main themes running through many of his books is the possible global connection with a "mother culture" from which he believes all ancient historical civilizations sprang.

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Hancock's formative years were spent in India, where his father worked as a surgeon. Having returned to the UK, he graduated from Durham University in 1973, receiving a First Class Honours degree in Sociology. As a journalist, Hancock worked for many British papers, such as The TimesThe Sunday TimesThe Independent, and The Guardian. He was co-editor of New Internationalist magazine from 1976–1979, and the East Africa correspondent of The Economist from 1981-1983. (Wikipedia)

Graham Hancock's initial Facebook posts: 1. Facebook  2. Facebook  3. Facebook  4. Facebook

Kent Bye's excellent timeline posted to the TED blog: Google Docs

TEDx blog post on the issue: TEDx

Graham Hancock online: Webpage  Facebook

Facebook Support Group

Petition for Rupert Sheldrake

TEDx Talks, TED
Terry Anderson, Curator, TED
Stop the censoring of the Graham Hancock TEDx Talks video.

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Graham Hancock Petition Reaches 1000 Signatures!

      Scott Bryson
      Petition Organizer

      Hello everyone, we've reached a milestone and minor victory of sorts, the petition has reached 1000 signatures. By chance I had checked the video was still good, as YouTube gets takedowns still (feel free to download it for backups) and got this pleasant surprise!

      The current settings will keep this petition online another two decades, open for signatures, and the collection of signatures at this point will be submitted to TED soon.

      Perhaps the nicest aspect is, for every one of you that signed, a new email with the petition was sent to TED's HQ with your name, that's 1000 emails :)

      You can find our new Facebook Page here (the photo synchronistically happens to be the latest post): https://www.facebook.com/ted.sheldrake.hancock.tedxweho and it also has links to our Facebook Group and the TEDx West Hollywood Facebook Page.

      Thanks again for your participation, and news will be sent to Graham Hancock shortly!

      TED vs Sheldrake, Hancock & TEDx West Hollywood

      TED vs Sheldrake, Hancock & TEDx West Hollywood. 57 likes · 14 talking about this. FB Group: http://goo.gl/Nr038s Petitions-Hancock: http://goo.gl/rNkAXQ Sheldrake: http://goo.gl/WyBwhX TEDxWEHO: http://goo.gl/mBDT1m

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. Update Friday, March 15 2013

      Scott Bryson
      Petition Organizer

      As you might know, Grahams video and Rupert Sheldrake's were both pulled the same day shortly after Graham announced the controversy. By then dozens of copies had been downloaded and reposted online, the only request Graham made to his Facebook followers.

      All other actions such as this petition, calls to TED and the blog comments on TED's blog were initiated independently with no urging by the author.

      As you can see by Graham's latest Facebook posts and Curator of TED Conferences Chris Anderson's replies--just more fuel has been added to the fire.

      Anderson put his foot in his mouth by calling for level heads among Graham's fans while insulting the author further by asking him to rationalize a biased Wikipedia article on "Psuedoarchealogy" which has no relevance to the factual issues presented: the author was accused of making statements not in the video.

      After the fact TED disingenuously tries to dismiss the issue as a minor TOS violation of their guidelines.

    4. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Shane Baker SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • 27 days ago

      I've seen perhaps a hundred TED talks thus far, and none is more worthy of the description an "idea worth spreading" more than this talk. Brilliant!

    • Les Ego NEW YORK, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      I have a right to expand my consciousness with LSD-25 or amanita muscaria.

    • Stephen Bordeaux WILLIS, VA
      • 2 months ago

      Freedom of speech

    • Erling Vadseth KRISTIANSAND, NORWAY
      • 4 months ago

      After all, science is not just the hobby-horse of a few scared-witless, wannabe-but-failed-at-it science-priests; it belongs to us all, and consciousness should be its primary continent of exploration.

    • Jan Hansen OSLO, NORWAY
      • 4 months ago

      Freedom of thought


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