TED: Stop the censoring of the Rupert Sheldrake TEDx Talks video.
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March 14, 2013 the conference organization TED made this announcement re talks they hosted on YouTube by authors Rupert Sheldrake & Graham Hancock:
"After due diligence, including a survey of published scientific research and recommendations from our Science Board and our community, we have decided that Graham Hancock’s and Rupert Sheldrake’s talks from TEDxWhiteChapel should be removed from distribution on the TEDx YouTube channel."
"Both talks have been flagged as containing serious factual errors that undermine TED’s commitment to good science. The critiques of these talks need much clearer highlighting."
Neither author was given advance notice of this action or a chance to respond. TED has continually refined their statement but taken in entirety, along with comments by Terry Anderson, Curator of TED, libelous and slanderous misstatements of fact were made against the authors, which they have begun to address without adequate response to their queries by TED.
The comments re this incident on relevant blogs have been overwhelmingly in favor of the TED speakers that have had their videos censored. The videos speak for themselves, Sheldrake's can also be found here, introduced by the irrational attacks by TED staff: http://goo.gl/2XE2d
Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world’s most innovative biologists and writers, is best known for his theory of morphic fields and morphic resonance, which leads to a vision of a living, developing universe with its own inherent memory.
He worked in developmental biology at Cambridge University, where he was a Fellow of Clare College. He was then Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), in Hyderabad, India. From 2005 to 2010 he was Director of the Perrott-Warrick project, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge.
Kent Bye's excellent timeline posted to the TED blog: Google Docs
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