This from philosopher Christian de Quincey, anent Rupert Sheldrake’s censored TEDx talk.
For what it’s worth, Yeats in his old age speculated that there is something in the nature of the times (any given times) that makes certain people unable to entertain certain categories of thought. I suspect that is true. We’re not nearly as free to think our own thoughts as we think we are. I don’t think i could become a physicalist (materialist) if i wanted to. It just strikes me as a superstition.
Internet video site TED has removed presentations by biologist Rupert Sheldrakeand historian Graham Hancock because—according to TED—their ideas are “pseudoscience.”
What does this mean?
Well, simply, it means that one of the leading Internet sites for sharing intellectual ideas has shut out views that challenge deep-rooted dogmas of modern science—a decidedly unscientific act. It means the folks at TED buy into mainstream scientific materialism as the last word on what is “real” or “ideas worth spreading.”
So, what happened?
The TED organizers have decided