Friday, April 12, 2013

Some TED talks have been banned - watch this short video

Some very interesting talks, a few having to do with the nature of consciousness, have been banned by the TED organization (but can still be seen on youtube if you are curious).  This 30-minute video gives excerpts from some of those banned talks, revealing how any organization, no matter how good its intentions are at the beginning, can, and usually will, eventually exhibit cult-like qualities.  Evidently, the organizer of the TED talks has become a censor of talks he doesn't like. He uses his power in an attempt to keep those talks from the public.  (Abraham Lincoln once said,
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.” )  In this video, you'll find the conversation between Eddie Huang and Joe Rogan quite interesting about how the TED organization is set up and how it chooses whom to invite as guests/speakers -- and what it requires of them through controlling rules, even though it is paying them nothing for their appearances.

You may be surprised to learn that Graham Hancock's talk is one of the talks that was banned.  Graham Hancock is a renowned British historical researcher and author of several books, including "Fingerprints of the Gods."

I will still watch the TED talks because I think the people who give them are some of the most intelligent, open-minded and mature souls on the planet--and the TED organization gives them a venue to present their ideas.  My particular favorite is the talk of Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, a neuroscientist who, in the midst of studying the brain and the effect of strokes on it, had a stroke herself.  Her vivid, emotional relating of her deep experience while in the stroke is revelating to hear and see. That video can be viewed at: