A talk that I produced after TED cancelled my license for TEDx West Hollywood, deeming my speakers dangerous to their reputation, has over a million views now! (See Russell Targ’s talk)
Nobel Prize winners were among the hundreds who protested TED’s “censorship” of what it deemed to be pseudoscience when they removed two talks from their database and canceled the license for my ready-to-go-on TEDx West Hollywood program. On TED’s comment pages, people kept hoping that the discussion of ideas worth sharing would be ongoing, but it ended after TED closed comment tracks. Can we have that conversation on my SUE Speaks website? Russell and Larry Dossey’s talks being what TED found most objectionable, see if you think these scientists belonged on TED’s stage.
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Here’s what Russell and Larry said to TED:
Dossey wrote, “I can add my name to those of Rupert Sheldrake and Graham Hancock as speakers who find themselves in TED’s crosshairs…I’ve lectured at dozens of top-tier medical schools and hospitals all over the U.S. for two decades…this is the first time my scientific credibility has ever been questioned. As a board-certified physician of internal medicine, former chief of staff of a major hospital, author of twelve books and scores of papers on these subjects published in peer-reviewed journals, a recipient of many awards, a frequent lecturer at medical schools and hospitals, and executive editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, I’d be interested in knowing from TED where I came up short.”
Targ wrote: “It appears that I was accused of ‘using the guise of science’ to further spooky claims (or some such)…I was co-founder of a 23-year research program investigating psychic abilities at Stanford Research Institute…for the CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency, Air Force and Army Intelligence, NASA, and others. In this $25 million program we used ‘remote viewing’ to find a downed Russian bomber in North Africa, for which President Carter commended us. We found a kidnapped US general in Italy, and the kidnap car that snatched Patricia Hearst. We looked in on the US hostages in Iran, and predicted the imminent release of Richard Queen, who was soon sent to Germany. We described a Russian weapons factory in Siberia, leading to a US congressional investigation about weakness in US security, etc. Our scientific findings were published in Nature, The Proc. IEEE, Proc. AAAS, and Proc. American Institute of Physics. I thought a TED audience would find this recently declassified material interesting. And no physics would be harmed in my presentation.”
PS: I’ve suggested TED post Russell’s talk and reopen that conversation. The extraordinary attention the talk has gotten could be reason for TED to post it and to open a doorway to discussion about what does belong on the TED stage. If you would like to encourage TED to do this, write to Chris@TED.com. He owns the place.