On April 2, 2014, Set Science Free held it’s public rebuttal of TED and delivered the petition signed by 251 PhDs and MDs. Chris Anderson, curator and leader of TED, kindly accepted the petition and spoke with Set Science Free supporters for about 15 minutes. Furthermore, he promised to review the petition and list of signatories.
We invite Anderson to contact Set Science Free for any additional assistance in bringing together scientists who are uninformed or unaware of each other’s research. We support TED’s mission and we look forward to assisting TED should they call on us to help Set Science Free from dogma.
Set Science Free congratulates the signatories for their effort to support science and challenge dogma. Stay tuned for further updates.
For those TED watchers who signed a petition on Change.org, that petition will be left in place gathering additional signatures before being sent to TED.
Science should be open to challenge and anonymous scientific boards must be exposed as a matter of scientific principle. Help us set science free. Petition for PhDs and MDs. Let’s make this ‘Science Spring 2014′. 251 signatures.
On April 2, 2013,TED.com finalized their decision to ban Rupert Sheldrake, PhD‘s TEDx talk “The Science Delusion” from their main database of searchable talks. Sheldrake’s talk focused on general dogma and other assumptions in science, more specifically the theory of materialism (the view that all reality is reducible to physical matter including mind, will, humor, emotions, and memory). Read more about materialism
The decision to remove the talk was handed down by TED’s ‘anonymous scientific board’ which, according to TED, consists of a few unnamed scientists and journalists. TED’s ‘scientific board’ initially challenged the scientific validity of the talk but failed and their objections were ultimately retracted. Yet despite being unable to find any reasonable justification, TED proceeded to remove it, ignoring the advice of a multitude of scientists who had called for them to reinstate it. The removal of the lecture has ignited an intellectual and scientific backlash against TED that has been raging for nearly a full year.
Here is the TEDx Talk that started the controversy and inspired this movement. “The Science Delusion”:
It is our position that even if one disagrees with Sheldrake, he still has a right to be heard. It was disrespectful for TED to remove his talk without giving a valid reason. In response to TED’s action, we are organizing a public rebuttal to be held at the TED Headquarters in Lower Manhattan, New York City. This is scheduled to occur April 2, 2014 on the one-year anniversary of the removal of Sheldrake’s talk. ALL PhDs and MDs are encouraged to attend and/or sign the petition today.
Sheldrake challenged TED’s ‘anonymous scientific board’ to a public debate. TED refused, and additionally refuses to name the members of the “scientific board” that called for the removal of his talk. Legitimate scientific boards are not anonymous. Science is based on personal accountability and members of scientific boards and scientific journals must be public.
While we understand Ted is a non profit with no legal responsibility to accept the thought of all scientists or thinkers, it has become the central hub of cutting edge social and scientific thought internationally. With 1.5 billion+ followers, Ted is often referenced by schools, universities and other institutional communities (scientific, religious, philosophical and more) as the online hub for the most current thought. We accept and appreciate Ted for this. Our goal is not to destroy Ted, but rather to keep its stage one that doesn’t promote dogmatism and provokes evolving thinking. We believe Ted, as an institution with so much influence and trust from its constituents has a duty to hear, acknowledge and respond to those same constituents.
Join our growing list of scientists and academics, including Nobel Prize winning Physicist, Brian D. Josephson FRS, Emeritus Professor of Physics at University of Cambridge, in signing the petition calling for the Sheldrake lecture to be fully reinstated. If you are a PhD or MD and you care about scientific integrity and open science for all disciplines, click Petition & Recommendations to sign the petition.
We urge everyone, including PhDs and MDs to attend as the larger number of people who participate, the greater impact we can have. IF YOU CAN BE IN NYC, WE NEED YOU IN PERSON. PLEASE TAKE THIS CALL TO ATTENDANCE SERIOUSLY. The public rebuttal will held at the TED Headquarters in Lower Manhattan, New York City.
250 Hudson St.
NY, NY 10013
To read more in depth about this controversy and discover why the scientific and academic communities are organizing to fight forward, click here. Summary of TED Controversy
If you are planning to attend in person, please email us at email@example.com so that we can better gauge how many are coming and plan accordingly.
Wish you could be there but it’s just not feasible? Read the Petition and sign the demands here. Petition & Recommendations. Take immediate action. Enter your information to the right under “Sign the Petition” and we’ll add your name to our petition of supporters which will be delivered to TED’s corporate offices on the day of the public rebuttal.
If you prefer to sign the petition by email, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your full name and a link to your credentials.
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