TED Censorship Gets Mainstream Coverage as Graham Hancock Prepares Live Web Presentation

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The TED conference is now under public scrutiny for censorship and possibly scamming their patrons.

graham_hancock (Copy)By JG Vibes
dev-test.intellihub.com
April 8, 2013

As we reported last month, Graham Hancock had publicly expressed his frustration in being censored by the people who run the TED conferences.  Another well known researcher, Rupert Sheldrake was censored in the same manner.  Days later we discovered that entrepreneur Eddie Huang had similar experiences with TED, and even compared their organization to a cult.

Now TED censorhip has gotten mainstream coverage in the UK’s Independent. According to their online newspaper:

“Hancock and Sheldrake have also called for the anonymous science board which advises TED on the legitimacy of speakers, to be revealed –something which TED is refusing to do, citing they are unpaid volunteers. At the talks, speakers are given 18 minutes to present their ideas, which range from a mixture of science and culture through to storytelling.

But in recent months, a series of controversies dogged the not-for-profit organisation and whose acronym stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, leading many to question the integrity of the organisation which charges audiences several thousands of pounds to watch a speech, yet pays its speakers nothing. In 2009, TED decided to license its brand allowing anyone, around the world to stage ‘TEDx’ events.

Last week in California, officials withdrew the license awarded to organisers of TEDx West Hollywood. Organisers said the conference theme who were talking about the reality of ESP, was “pseudoscience”.”

Graham Hancock, said: “I think it comes down to the management of popular culture, rather than leaving people to make up their own minds.

“I think the dilemma that TED found themselves in, was as a corporate brand they didn’t want to be associated with these talks which they had put out on their TEDx YouTube channel. But then when they find it doesn’t fit their corporate brand, they reserve the right to take them down again,” he said.

In a statement, TED said: “The reason people are upset is because they think there has been censorship. But it’s simply not true. Both talks are up on our website. If you Google them you will find them immediately. Both have attracted significant views and numerous comments.   This whole flap stems from an initial alert put out by one of the speakers that he thought he might be about to be censored. And when you shout censorship on the Internet, it’s like shouting fire in a cinema. It causes chaos regardless of whether it’s true. In this case it was a misunderstanding on his part. We had made clear from the start that these talks were not being removed from the web.”

Graham Hancock has also scheduled a live web presentation as a way of getting his message out independently.

The event can be found HERE and the description reads as follows:

Recently Graham Hancock discovered that his TEDx Whitechapel presentation, “The War on Consciousness,” was censored by the TED leadership — removed from the TED YouTube page and criticized for reasons which TED later admitted to be unfounded. An outraged grassroots campaign led to TED reposting the video, though on an obscure blog page rather than on their popular YouTube site. 
 
Clearly Graham’s provocative talk about visionary plants and consciousness struck a nerve. Was it his frank discussion of the Amazonian brew ayahuasca? Or his consideration of a spiritual world view that challenges core assumptions of the materialist paradigm? Before its removal from YouTube, the video had received 130,000 views. What is it about Graham Hancock’s message that so many find inspiring, but TED felt it must distance itself from? 
 
In this exclusive Evolver webinar, Graham Hancock will expand upon the themes he introduced in his provocative TEDx talk, and explore the ramifications they have for your life: 
 
  • Should sovereignty over your own consciousness be as fundamental a right as free speech? 
  • How might visionary plants have effected human evolution, and what potential do they have for us today? 
  • Why does our society approve of some states of consciousness, but actively suppress others that might offer solutions to the ecological and spiritual crises of our time? 
  • How can you explore the potential offered through visionary plants like ayahuasca safely and responsibly? 
 
Graham Hancock is one of the sharpest minds of the new consciousness movement. The author of numerous books, including the bestselling Fingerprints of the Gods, Supernatural, and the visionary novel Entangled, he never fails to ask the right question and investigate assumptions too often taken for granted. 
 
We are at the threshold of a major societal shift. Why is the expansion of consciousness so critical to the future of humanity — and why are so many people threatened by this possibility?  How can you overcome this fear in your own life, and among those you know? 
 
In this live, interactive video session, Graham will discuss the censorship controversy and why he feels these issues are so important and worth defending. And he will explore how you can take part in the consciousness transformation that is already in motion. 
 
This single-session webinar takes place on Saturday, April 14. The format is a 60 minute presentation followed by 30 minutes of Q&A. You will be part of the discussion, able to ask your questions on camera, just like a Skype call.
 
Join us for this exciting exploration into the nature of consciousness and spirituality. 

The following is a list of alternatives to TED:

http://www.businessinnovationfactory.com
http://www.ciudaddelasideas.com
http://www.ideacityonline.com
http://www.the99percent.com
http://www.igniteshow.com
http://www.pecha-kucha.org
http://www.bilconference.com
http://www.igniteshow.com
http://www.pecha-kucha.org
http://www.inktalks.com
http://www.poptech.org
http://www.bigthink.com
http://www.99u.com
http://www.thersa.org
http://www.thefuntheory.com
http://www.ideasproject.com
http://www.sptnk.org
http://www.moreinspiration.com
http://www.ideo.com
http://www.gelconference.com
http://www.inventorspot.com
http://www.spacecollective.org
http://www.dolectures.com
http://www.liftconference.com
http://www.innocentive.com
http://www.worldsciencefestival.com
http://www.iddsummit.org
http://www.psfk.com
http://www.fortuneconferences.com

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J.G. Vibes is the author of an 87 chapter counter-culture textbook called Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance, a staff writer, reporter for dev-test.intellihub.com and Executive Producer of the Bob Tuskin Radio Show. You can keep up with his work, which includes free podcasts, free e-books & free audiobooks at his website www.aotmr.com

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