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The War On Consciousness: The Talk That Gave TED Indigestion by Graham Hancock – GrahamHancock.com articles

The War On Consciousness: The Talk That Gave TED Indigestion
By Graham Hancock

Graham Hancock

Brief summary, with live links, of the 2013 TED controversy

My talk, “The War on Consciousness”, was presented at the TEDx Whitechapel event in London on 12 January 2013 and posted to the TEDx Youtube channel on 13 February 2013. A month later, on 14 March 2013, TED deleted the talk from the TEDx Youtube channel (original location here: http://youtu.be/9WaeMyC86Dw), where it had accumulated more than 132,000 views, and relegated it to an obscure section of its website surrounded by prejudicial statements intended to bias viewers against it from the start and ensure no harm was done to the “TED brand”. At the same time a talk by Rupert Sheldrake entitled “The Science Delusion” was also deleted from the TEDx Youtube channel and reposted in the same deliberately obscure fashion. But TED’s decision effectively to act as a censor in the very real war on consciousness that is underway in our society has backfired. Although the possibility for the original 132,000 viewers to share the URL has been cut short, the issue has sparked an internet furore that continues to grow and grow and my talk has been independently uploaded to dozens of Youtube sites — for example, here http://youtu.be/-b6-0yW7Iaw under the slogan “information is viral; it wants to be free”. Other sites at which the talk has been made available by such guerrilla action (and at which lively comments — for and against — are being posted) include:
http://youtu.be/Y0c5nIvJH7w
http://youtu.be/s42vuf0ahU8

Rupert Sheldrake and I challenged TED to come out in the open and debate the issues raised by their talks live, face to face in front of a global audience, rather than hidden away in a corner of TED’s choosing. Here is the statement that I made on the TED Blog (http://goo.gl/XIuBv):

(Please click the link below to read the article with more links on Graham Hancock’s site-

http://www.grahamhancock.com/forum/HancockG6-TheWarOnConsciousness.php )