Graham Hancock Calls Out TED’s Blatant Censorship

Via Graham Hancock’s facebook feed.

In attempt to brush up their severely tarnished image after censoring my presentation“The War on Consciousness” from the TEDx website today (on the grounds that I was “unscientific”) and also censoring the presentation “The Science Delusion” by my colleague Rupert Sheldrake for the same reason, TED have now rushed to create a remote corner of their website, which I imagine they hope no-one will see, where our talks have been put back online and may be debated: http://blog.ted.com/2013/03/14/open-for-discussion-graham-hancock-and-rupert-sheldrake/.This gesture, they claim, is in response to my suggestion that they had censored us and should be taken as evidence of their “spirit of radical openness”.

All I can say is this is extremely devious behavior on TED’s part. On the one hand they take down two videos from Youtube that had generated enormous public interest and traction (mine had received over 130,000 views and Rupert’s over 35,000 views). (emphasis mine) Then as soon as TED is tagged for censorship (did they hope we wouldn’t notice?) they put the videos up again in a remote place, which cannot benefit from URL sharing by any of the previous 160,000-plus viewers and which is, thus, to all extents and purposes invisible.

Worse, rather than allowing those viewers who do find this remote corner of the TED website to make up their own minds about our presentations, TED feel the need to “frame” our talks in a way, they say, that can “highlight both their [i.e. Hancock’s and Sheldrake’s] provocative ideas and the factual problems with their arguments.” I find this manoeuver disingenuous in that (1) I see no “framing” at all of our “provocative ideas” but plenty of “framing” of what TED claim are the factual problems with our arguments; this “framing” occurs in the lengthy introduction that TED has published to our videos. (2) TED did not approach either Rupert or myself in advance for any refutation of the “factual problems” they allege in our presentations. In fact I refute all these so-called “factual problems” with regard to my own presentation, and have now posted these refutations on the TED blog (http://blog.ted.com/2013/03/14/open-for-discussion-graham-hancock-and-rupert-sheldrake/) in the form of a series of questions to TED to which I expect answers. (3) The whole concept of this manoeuver by TED is worrying and insulting. It implies that TED believes it has the right to act as arbiter of the context in which my presentation and Rupert’s presentation is received rather than simply putting what we have to say before an intelligent public and letting the public decide. It also suggests that TED believe the public are incapable of making up their own minds about our arguments without approved scientists first highlighting “the problems” with our arguments. Would TED, we wonder, treat many of the provocative talks by, for example, Richard Dawkins, in the same way?

I hope that many of my wonderful and supportive facebook community who see this post will go to the TED URL linked above (again — http://blog.ted.com/2013/03/14/open-for-discussion-graham-hancock-and-rupert-sheldrake/) and register to post, and add comments there. I believe this is an important issue and it is important that TED do not get away with what (regardless of how they try to finesse it — “spirit of radical openness LOL!!) is after all censorship.

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  • http://twitter.com/screendependent Pixote

    you need to put “emphasis mine” in [brackets], not (parentheses) so we know it’s not part of the original text.

  • http://twitter.com/screendependent Pixote

    you need to put “emphasis mine” in [brackets], not (parentheses) so we know it’s not part of the original text.

    • http://www.sacredgeometryinternational.com/ Camron Wiltshire

      Thank you! I am a produckt of gubernmental instiutionalizing so me grammar is make teh mistake!
      Seriously though, I do appreciate you looking out and correcting this error. Mr. Matt Staggs Editor and Supreme Vice Chancellor of the Disinfoverse please make this adjustment as I am not able via teh wordpress.

      • Matt Staggs

        I’m afraid I can’t do that, Camron. BURN IN DISINFOHELL FOREVUH!

      • Matt Staggs

        I’m afraid I can’t do that, Camron. BURN IN DISINFOHELL FOREVUH!

  • Juan

    This is deeply ironic, and unfortunately not the least bit surprising.
    The guardians of orthodoxy and the represintatives of the current dominant paradigm have always behaved this way. See Galileo, the first guy to suggest plate tectonics, and the dude that suggested rocks (meteors) fall from the sky. They we’re all treated more or less the same way, until the dominant paradigm slowly changed.

  • Juan

    This is deeply ironic, and unfortunately not the least bit surprising.
    The guardians of orthodoxy and the represintatives of the current dominant paradigm have always behaved this way. See Galileo, the first guy to suggest plate tectonics, and the dude that suggested rocks (meteors) fall from the sky. They we’re all treated more or less the same way, until the dominant paradigm slowly changed.

    • drokhole

      Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis was run out of town, became severely depressed and was admitted into an insane asylum because of the harassment and ridicule of those in the medical establishment. His radical claim in which he “could offer no acceptable scientific explanation”? That doctors should wash their hands before surgery (to cut down infections).

      His cherry-on-top was being beaten to death by guards of said asylum at the ripe old age of 47.

      • Juan

        Indeed, him too. Poor bastard:(

      • InAwe

        Oh man. Just read up on him.
        Wow. Poor bastard indeed.
        Makes me ponder over the idea put forth that we live in the ant-world.
        Aplace where ‘good’ dies and our demons run amok.

    • echar

      I was surprised he was invited to be honest. I also said he’s brave to take the stand that he did. Buzz suggested he was likely advertising books and such. If that is the case, more attention i guess.

      :(

      • BuzzCoastinRedux

        Getting banned only enhances his reputation among his audience and
        confirms the opinions of those who don’t agree with him.

        Too bad I’m not selling books
        my ban is worth shit.

        Well, when you think about it
        I guess it’s not really much of a ban for either of Hancock or me
        since here I am and there he goes.

        • echar

          It’s sort of like intellectual street cred, or some such? You spoke at TED?

        • echar

          It’s sort of like intellectual street cred, or some such? You spoke at TED?

        • echar

          It’s sort of like intellectual street cred, or some such? You spoke at TED?

          • BuzzCoastinRedux

            no not TED, here at DisInfo
            not as impressive a ban I agree
            but since I’m not shilling anything, it’s a waste

          • echar

            you were banned here?

          • BuzzCoastinRedux

            BuzzCoastin got banned, not sure why
            just can’t post as BuzzCoastin without getting a DOS
            pretty funny
            looks like they blocked the ID & IP too
            kinda shows how censorship really goes
            only thing better is the Streisand effect

          • echar

            What did you say?

          • BuzzCoastinRedux

            not sure, I’ve been droned without a trial
            very surreal but funny

          • echar

            Maybe it’s the internet gremlins.

          • echar

            Maybe someone slipped at the controls? I’ve seen it happen elsewhere. Or did you push the envelope too far?

          • Calypso_1

            Perhaps the PLA cyber-squad is closing in on you.

          • BuzzCoastinRedux

            I knew I should pulled back on the Der Homeland stuff
            but I never thought it come to this
            now I have to sneak into disinfo

            I hope the authorities don’t notice my disguise

          • InfvoCuernos

            you went too far when you attacked the ask25.com girl. She brought the heat.

          • BuzzCoastin

            bummer, it doesn’t look like I’m banned after all
            damn, there goes the book deal

          • Calypso_1

            It be a ruse
            Watch yo back
            Comrade

          • echar

            lol maybe you are spoofing Buzz

          • BuzzCoastin

            no, wasn’t spoofing, but I did try it again after Matt didn’t seem to know what was up & it worked, musta been a glitch or sumptin

          • echar

            Divert this to my internet gremlins comment. I figured it as such. In my experience, Matt is a pretty level headed and fair dude. Banning you for for no good reason would make him look like a total dick. Which he totally is not. Glad to have you back. You now have the total nonsensical cred as the guy who totally was not banned, but was.

          • Calypso_1

            A true degree of disinfamy.

          • Matt Staggs

            An email received
            buzzing rattling around
            in my iPhone
            Saturday morning slumber

            over
            I check to see
            the Buzz is thee
            Mistakes were made
            The moderator
            immoderate – an error

            apologies are offered
            Is the situation resolved sir?

            Tech support is now standing by.

          • BuzzCoastin

            I can’t believe this!
            Hancock gets banned from TED but you won’t ban me from Dis!
            Well at least my paranoid dreams came true at micro level;
            so I’ve got that.

          • InfvoCuernos

            +bonus for wording your response in quatrains!

          • InfvoCuernos

            +bonus for wording your response in quatrains!

      • BuzzCoastinRedux

        Getting banned only enhances his reputation among his audience and
        confirms the opinions of those who don’t agree with him.

        Too bad I’m not selling books
        my ban is worth shit.

        Well, when you think about it
        I guess it’s not really much of a ban for either of Hancock or me
        since here I am and there he goes.

      • alizardx

        I think the time is coming soon that anyone invited to TED to discuss a non-mainstream technocapitalist non-approved topic is going to have to decide whether to publicly turn them down or crank up the outrage factor for normals in the talk to make certain TED bans it,.

        • echar

          I think it’s time someone made something else that’s more inclusive. Although I like your suggestions. Sarah Silverman was pretty funny with her shenanigans.

    • lazy_friend

      Seems that this happens to people that are ahead of the their time, every time It happens to me in a family full of laborers, office monkeys and Catholics. They can’t comprehend that I like to study all religions and don’t want to be a construction worker or office pawn. They push me to the fringe and suppress financial support for my artistic endeavors. Bunch of closed minded fools.

  • http://www.sacredgeometryinternational.com/ Camron Wiltshire
  • http://www.sacredgeometryinternational.com/ Camron Wiltshire
    • Charlie Primero

      Kimura was awesome! This is why the shoulder hyper-rotation at 0:43 is named after him. His only crime was violating secret society tradition.

    • Charlie Primero

      Kimura was awesome! This is why the shoulder hyper-rotation at 0:43 is named after him. His only crime was violating secret society tradition.

    • Charlie Primero

      Kimura was awesome! This is why the shoulder hyper-rotation at 0:43 is named after him. His only crime was violating secret society tradition.

      • http://www.sacredgeometryinternational.com/ Camron Wiltshire

        Hey Charlie, yes Kimura is legendary but I actually meant to post the Joe Rogan episode with Eddie Huang explaining the brainwashing taking place within TED. Snobby bitches forming “consensus” and using Omega techniques to create a glittering herd of yuppie social engineers.

        • Charlie Primero

          “…glittering herd of yuppie social engineers” HA! That’s good. I’m stealing that for future use. :-)

        • Charlie Primero

          “…glittering herd of yuppie social engineers” HA! That’s good. I’m stealing that for future use. :-)

          • http://www.sacredgeometryinternational.com/ Camron Wiltshire

            :)

        • jnana

          what are “omega techniques”?

    • http://www.sacredgeometryinternational.com/ Camron Wiltshire
    • http://www.sacredgeometryinternational.com/ Camron Wiltshire
      • Monkey See Monkey Do

        People shouldn’t expect anything less from corporate backed media.

      • echar

        What do they do with all that money?

        • http://www.sacredgeometryinternational.com/ Camron Wiltshire

          Good question!

        • http://www.sacredgeometryinternational.com/ Camron Wiltshire

          Good question!

          • echar

            They are supposed to be a nonprofit organisation.

        • InfvoCuernos

          hookers and blow

  • http://www.facebook.com/theinternetisaterribleplace Robert Dobbs

    Graham Hancock pretty much gave up any right to call anyone out for anything.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Iankennedywilliams Ian Kennedy

      gave up the right? Who the fuck are you?

    • http://www.facebook.com/Iankennedywilliams Ian Kennedy

      gave up the right? Who the fuck are you?

  • BuzzCoastin

    TED jumped the shark a long time ago
    it’s primarily a shill for the elite agenda
    and every now and then something interesting accidentally gets in
    it’s a real feather in one’s cap to banned from TED
    congratulations!

    • alizardx

      That was why it was created.

      Last time TED was busted for censorship before this was when someone did a TED talk challenging the current distribution of wealth and power and the talk suddenly disappeared.

      Outside the people who give these talks and the people who buy very high priced tickets to attend them, TED seems to have a real cult following among those who like easily digested feel-good messages about The Future!!!

      Personally, I don’t have the patience for these 10 minute videos. I read the transcripts instead. Surprising there’s so little to them in the way of content when the words are detached from their presentation.

      Cynicism about The FUTURE!!! conference scene is spreading rapidly for some reason, and it;s starting to be led by the people who have been attending them.

      • BuzzCoastin

        “Kudos to [Chris Anderson] for making TED an unsafe haven for all!
        You’re a barnacle of mediocrity on Bill Gates’ asshole.”
        Sarah Silverman

        • echar

          What’s the story behind that?

          • BuzzCoastin

            In response to her TED speech about adopting a “retarded” child, TED organizer Chris Anderson Tweeted, “… I thought Sarah Silverman was god-awful …”

            He also said: “Call me stuffy, but I still think humor about terminally ill ‘retarded’ kids is an acquired taste … And not a taste I personally want to acquire.”

            It’s not on TED any more, but it is here:
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci5p1OdVLAc

          • echar

            Thanks. I think that guy was mad because she ripped on the concept of TED.

          • BuzzCoastin

            Funny thing was I baled on this the first time, long before the controversial part. This time I found her mildly provocative, as you would expect at TED.

            The whole “retard” controversy was retarded. Only a retard would be offended by it. That’s the gist of the shit-storm.

          • InfvoCuernos

            never go full reTED.

          • Jeremy

            TED is just a bunch of elite assholes gathering together so they can give you a small taste of “approved” “high-tech” technology which they have secretly advanced even further for themselves. They also tend to cryptically gloat about population control efforts.

    • Charlie Primero

      You spend so much time posting comments on Disinfo, yet invariably withhold from readers the courtesy of grammar and punctuation like a petulant child. It’s very sad really.

      • Guest

        the curt witty wotty dashes
        never quite just right at the trim trite truth letter;
        the sudden spluttered petulance of some capItalIsed Middle;
        a word as cunningly hidden in its maze of confused drapery
        as a fieldmouse in a nest of coloured ribbons:
        that absurdly bullsfooted bee declaring
        with an even plainer dummp — show
        than does the mute commoner with us
        how hard a thing it is to mpe mporn a gentlerman

      • Guest

        the curt witty wotty dashes
        never quite just right at the trim trite truth letter;
        the sudden spluttered petulance of some capItalIsed Middle;
        a word as cunningly hidden in its maze of confused drapery
        as a fieldmouse in a nest of coloured ribbons:
        that absurdly bullsfooted bee declaring
        with an even plainer dummp — show
        than does the mute commoner with us
        how hard a thing it is to mpe mporn a gentlerman

        • Charlie Primero

          I did not read this. I never read your posts.

          • Guest

            i did not read that you did not read this i never read what you never read and i’m not reading this as i write it either

            you retard

          • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

            He only read it with his peripheral vision so it doesn’t count.

          • BuzzCoastin

            That last response really amused me; he’s upset by my lack of punctuation in posts he never reads. So then I realized he was mentally challenged and tried to delete my interaction.

          • BuzzCoastin

            That last response really amused me; he’s upset by my lack of punctuation in posts he never reads. So then I realized he was mentally challenged and tried to delete my interaction.

          • Matt Staggs

            Will you stop with the “guest” stuff? Everyone knows who you are. ;)

          • BuzzCoastin

            It’s one of the nice features of Discus, besides the excellent formatting, when you delete responses to morons, it leaves it there as Guest. And once you realize this, you can’t rename it as your own.

          • Matt Staggs

            Oh, that is a “nice” “feature”. Grumble mumble. I’ll keep it in mind.

          • BuzzCoastin

            Let’s see if ole Buzz is workin’ now; yeah it is! Pretty trippy, it was blocked a few hours ago.

      • Guest

        (Stoop) if you are abcedminded, to this claybook, what curios of signs (please stoop), in this allaphbed! Can you rede (since We and Thou had it out already) its world? It is the same told of all. Many. Miscegenations on miscegenations. Tieckle. They lived und laughed ant loved end left. Forsin. Thy thingdome is given to the Meades and Porsons.
        James Joyce, Finnegans Wake

  • drokhole

    Strike me down and I shall become more powerful than you could ever imagine…

  • http://www.facebook.com/elketerbentzadik El Keter Ben Tzadik

    I once watched a TED talk by David Blaine. What special section of their website does that belong in?

    • echar

      What about the James Randi sales pitch er presentation as well?

  • Daniel Gill

    Graham Hancock’s assertion that you need to be high on drugs or whatever to have spiritual experiences is a load of bullshit . If any one of you believe this read T. M. Luhrmann’s “When God Talks Back”, and “The Essence Of Shinto” by Motohisa Yamakage. That’s just a start. I could recommend other books.. One more I should recommend is Sinister Yogis by David Gordon White if you think shamanism and yoga are not coeval then read that it is an eye opener. m/ I study the occult, I enjoy myself, and I read about fascinating mediumistic cultures like Vietnam and Korea. Korea is a modern hotbead of geomancy; channeling spirits through cairns. This is all eminently modern. Modern as the Dead Space videogame. sic. or Demon’s Souls. sic. And Dr. Rupert Sheldrake is one of the trailblazers. To censor him really upsets me. btw, I filled a comment with references for my research into mediumship, psychosis and spiritual emergence with respect to Japan, Korea, Vietnam, etc .. and TED deleted it or something because it is not there now. and I read it on their page after I posted it. Maybe I posted too much information for them to care to have linger around. And yeah concerning also the USA and the infilling of the holy spirit as a gas or a substance (see Lurhmanns work). This is real for billions of people including millions of Americans. TED is the one in the dark. This is real and present everywhere.

    • echar

      You must not have watched his presentation, because he never once says “you need to be high on drugs or whatever to have spiritual experiences”. In fact in his book, Supernatural, which I seriously doubt you read. He goes over the natural ways in which trance like states can be reached.

    • echar

      You must not have watched his presentation, because he never once says “you need to be high on drugs or whatever to have spiritual experiences”. In fact in his book, Supernatural, which I seriously doubt you read. He goes over the natural ways in which trance like states can be reached.

      • Daniel Gill

        TED claims that,
        Sorry if I am ingesting their shit if it is wrong.

        In addition, Hancock makes statements about psychotropic drugs that seem both nonscientific and reckless. 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.

        • echar

          I recommend getting the information form the source, and not from the people censoring. I also recommend that you check more then just the video. I have read a couple of his books, and watched several of his interviews. Although I do not believe everything he says, I think he has a lot to offer.

          Never once did I get that he would be so reckless. He does say in the presentation that ayahuasca supported him getting rid of a 20+ year marijauna habit. He also says that ayahuasca and iboga can support people coming off hard drugs with more success than orthodox processes.

          No need to apologize, things happen for a reason. Know your facts please. From my perspective, some uptight and narrow minded people didn’t like what he had to say. Maybe those people donate money to TED, and they complied. Sometimes that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

        • http://www.facebook.com/Iankennedywilliams Ian Kennedy

          “Sorry if I am ingesting their shit if it is wrong.”

          and then you go on to copy/paste the other baseless and incorrect accusations that TED makes as if they were your own thoughts! Go watch the damn video and stop being such a pseudo-skeptical tool for these guys. I mean, are you even getting paid?? Jesus.

    • lazy_friend

      Tits or GTFO :)

      • Daniel Gill

        Its a doll you doofus.

        • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

          Does it have tits?

        • lazy_friend

          Its a joke dood. relax. If that line ever worked I would be swimming in tits

    • Reuben_the_Red

      Plus, um, drugs are awesome…?

    • Reuben_the_Red

      Plus, um, drugs are awesome…?

  • Daniel Gill

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86x-u-tz0MA

    here’s another video that they have on youtube that they haven;t taken down. I think it is pseudoscience too

  • Trevor Smith

    Here is the link to a nice “ideas worth censoring” pic that someone posted in the comments section http://i.imgur.com/9wZTA.jpg

  • Trevor Smith

    Here is the link to a nice “ideas worth censoring” pic that someone posted in the comments section http://i.imgur.com/9wZTA.jpg

  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    Yeah Fuck TED! Oh wait…

  • Trevor Smith

    Arthur Schopanhauer: All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed; second, it is violently opposed; third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

  • Trevor Smith

    Arthur Schopanhauer: All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed; second, it is violently opposed; third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sheri-Peterson/100003496932953 Sheri Peterson

    TED may be guilty of censorship, but that’s not a reason to abandon a fine resource. None of us are perfect.

    • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

      Its actually turning into a cult. I don’t know if you listen to the Joe Rogan Podcast or not but he recently had a guest that was kicked out of it. They charge speakers $3000 to speak there and make them attend 12 hours a day of workshops for a week and if you don’t comply they kick you out.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5kW_BJ9d2d0

    • http://www.sacredgeometryinternational.com/ Camron Wiltshire

      A resource which censors ideas that upset the apple cart (status quo) or corporate sponsorship does not equate with “fine” in my estimation.

  • http://generaldepravity.blogspot.com/ dragline

    Ted Talks, bringing experts from around the world… to Youtube.

  • BuzzCoastinRedux

    Getting banned from DisInfo is a dream cum true.
    I would like to thank all those who made this award possible.

    Who knew bad grammar, no punctuation and awful spelling was a capital crime.
    And to think I now join the ranks of Hancock, Sheldrake and Silverman,
    which is also the name of the law firm that represents me.

    • Calypso_1

      The Great Purge has begun.

  • facu

    not all ideas are worth spreading. tough luck. take it as a man.

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