DisinfoCast: 51: Graham Hancock and ‘The War on Consciousness’

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Author, researcher and documentarian Graham Hancock (Fingerprints of the Gods, Supernatural, The Sign and the Seal, Underworld, etc.) comes on the DisinfoCast to discuss the recent controversy regarding TED’s decision to take down his talk “The War on Consciousness”.

Check out the following links when you’re done with the episode:
(1) Author Facebook page
(2) Author website
(3) Author Youtube channel
(4) The TED blog page set up to discuss Graham Hancock’s talk
(5) The talk that caused all the controversy now uploaded to author’s Youtube channel
(6) The TED blog page set up to discuss Rupert Sheldrake’s talk
(7) The TED blog page containing the original (now retracted and crossed-out) allegations on the basis of which TED deleted Hancock’s and Sheldrake’s talk from their Youtube channel
(8) Rupert Sheldrake’s challenge to TED to debate
(9) Graham Hancock’s challenge to TED to debate
(10) Background information on Graham Hancock’s new book War God

20 Comments on "DisinfoCast: 51: Graham Hancock and ‘The War on Consciousness’"

  1. I wonder about my own brain chemistry when the books of a guy that was smoking weed 16 hours a day for 20 years makes so much sense to me, when I hardly smoke at all.

    About the reductionist materialist paradigm: I really feel like I understand it. I feel like that’s consistent with it not being true. I could argue as a reductionist materialist. Make a sock puppet account and sound just like one. I could present their arguments sympathetically without creating straw men. I’ve yet to see a reductionist materialist that can do the same with an opposing viewpoint.

    In an argument generally the person that can grasp both sides equally well is the one that is right. Often the superior argument can fit the inferior one into itself as a subset of itself. Reductionists want to boil everything down to materialism vs. theism. But Hancock himself said he is not a theist. Clearly they simply don’t understand what he is saying.

  2. Well done on the interview, Matt! The TED “debate” pages on each of these talks have become a bit stagnant. It is the third (I believe) forum for this ordeal, so most arguments have been exhausted (that’s not counting the discussion when these talks were up in the first place). Though, there are articles coming out in recent days that have only bolstered Sheldrake’s position:

    Scientists examine nothing, find something

    The Scharnhorst Effect claims we’ve got the speed of light wrong

    That being said, the top rated comment on each page is from Sheldrake and Hancock (respectively) offering themselves up for debate. That’s the only place I could see this going. I’d love to see it happen, though I doubt it will.

  3. Atheist churches! lol

  4. Glad to see TED revealed for who they truly are and who they are beholden to.
    The Prometheus tie in brings this to mind

  5. Support group for the authors: Boycott TED support Graham Hancock, Rupert Sheldrake https://www.facebook.com/groups/boycott.ted

  6. Charlie Primero | Apr 1, 2013 at 10:47 am |

    Great interview Matt! Every time I fire up http://gpodder.org I hope a new episode of DisinfoCast shows up.
    More please!

  7. Nice ‘cast Matt. Great to hear his own, always clear and determined ideas regarding TED’s hypocrisy. Thanks for cluing me in regarding the Prometheus tie-in.

  8. dani pettas | Apr 3, 2013 at 2:29 am |

    Awesome podcast.

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