by
revolutionloveevolve
15 March 2013

from YouTube Website

 

 

 

Video re-uploaded as TED have decided to censor Graham Hancock and remove this below video from the TEDx YouTube channel.

 

Follow this link for TED's statement on the matter. 

Graham's response:

The more I wade into the morass that is TED the more horrified I become at the illusion of openness this organization has wrapped around itself, when the truth as I have now learned from direct experience is so very different.

 

TED talks a good talk about itself, its nobility, its achievements.

"We believe passionately," TED boasts, "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."

(see here: http://www.ted.com/pages/about).

But the truth is quite different.

 

Over the matter of the censorship on YouTube of my "War on Consciousness" presentation and Rupert Sheldrake's "Science Delusion" presentation, TED is closed minded, operates with an extremely limited view of what is scientifically orthodox, wishes to stay safely within that orthodoxy, and is patronizing and disparaging about those who question their policies.

 

As TED Curator Chris Anderson writes here in response to comments criticizing TED for censoring my presentation:

"Right now this comment section is over-run by the hordes of supporters sent our way by Graham Hancock. It would be nice for you to calm down and actually read some of the criticisms of his work so that you can get a more balanced view point.

 

And meanwhile, we'll be reading the views of anyone who'll be patient enough to express them in a reasoned way... as opposed to throwing around shrieks of censorship when nothing of the kind has happened."

Mr. Anderson seems to have plenty of time to pour scorn on those who disagree with the way TED has handled this matter, but so far, more than five hours after I posted them he has not found the time to answer the four simple questions I asked him on page 1 of the public forum he set up supposedly to foster open discussion of the presentations by myself and Rupert.

Here are those four simple questions again:

  1. TED says of my "War on Consciousness" presentation: "...he misrepresents what scientists actually think. He suggests, for example, that no scientists are working on the problem of consciousness."

    I would like TED to identify where exactly in my talk they believe I say that "no scientists are working on the problem of consciousness"? Also in what other specific ways does TED believe I misrepresent what scientists actually think?
     

  2. TED says of my presentation: "He states as fact that psychotropic drug use is essential for an "emergence into consciousness," and that one can use psychotropic plants to connect directly with an ancient mother culture."

    I would like TED to identify where exactly in my talk they believe I state as a fact that psychotropic drug use is essential for an emergence into consciousness. I would also like TED to identify where exactly in my talk I state that one can use psychotropic plants to connect directly with an ancient mother culture.
     

  3. TED states that there are many inaccuracies in my presentation which display a disrespect both for my audience and for my arguments.

    I would like TED to indentify where exactly in my talk these alleged "many inaccuracies" occur.
     

  4. TED says of my "War on Consciousness" presentation: "He offers a one-note explanation for how culture arises (drugs), which just doesn't hold up."


Again I would like TED to identify the point in my talk where I state this.

 

Do I not rather say that some scientists in the last thirty years have raised an intriguing possibility - emphasis on POSSIBILITY - which is that the exploration of altered states of consciousness, in which psychedelic plants have been implicated, was fundamental to the emergence into fully symbolic consciousness witnessed by the great cave art?

 

I can cite a wide range of respectable peer-reviewed scientists who have suggested this possibility and I do not see how reporting their work, which I have every right to do, can be construed as offering "a one-note explanation for how culture arises (drugs)."

 

Besides is every talk that touches on the origins of culture obliged to consider all possible factors that might be involved in the origins of culture?

 

How could any speaker be expected to do that in one 18-minute talk?