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Banned TED Talk: The Science Delusion - Rupert Sheldrake at TEDx Whitechapel


Banned TED Talk: The Science Delusion - Rupert Sheldrake at TEDx Whitechapel

Re-uploaded (again, just in case), since TED's Chris Anderson censored Rupert Sheldrake, along with Graham Hancock, and removed this video and Hancock's from the TEDx YouTube channel. They dared question the Scientistic Orthodoxy, and for that they have been publicly castigated and defamed. Follow this link for TED's dubious statement on the matter (and the many comments appropriately critical of TED's rationale):

Presumably TED disavows any copyright claim, as they've disavowed association with the videos.

Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D. (born 28 June 1942) is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and ten books. A former Research Fellow of the Royal Society, he studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, where he was a Scholar of Clare College, took a double first class honours degree and was awarded the University Botany Prize. He then studied philosophy and history of science at Harvard University, where he was a Frank Knox Fellow, before returning to Cambridge, where he took a Ph.D. in biochemistry. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, where he was Director of Studies in biochemistry and cell biology. As the Rosenheim Research Fellow of the Royal Society, he carried out research on the development of plants and the ageing of cells in the Department of Biochemistry at Cambridge University.

While at Cambridge, together with Philip Rubery, he discovered the mechanism of polar auxin transport, the process by which the plant hormone auxin is carried from the shoots towards the roots.

From 1968 to 1969, based in the Botany Department of the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, he studied rain forest plants. From 1974 to 1985 he was Principal Plant Physiologist and Consultant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India, where he helped develop new cropping systems now widely used by farmers. While in India, he also lived for a year and a half at the ashram of Fr Bede Griffiths in Tamil Nadu, where he wrote his first book, A New Science of Life.

From 2005-2010 he was the Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project funded from Trinity College,Cambridge. He is a Fellow of Schumacher College , in Dartington, Devon, a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences near San Francisco, and a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut.

He lives in London with his wife Jill Purce and two sons.

He has appeared in many TV programs in Britain and overseas, and was one of the participants (along with Stephen Jay Gould, Daniel Dennett, Oliver Sacks, Freeman Dyson and Stephen Toulmin) in a TV series called A Glorious Accident, shown on PBS channels throughout the US. He has often taken part in BBC and other radio programmes. He has written for newspapers such as the Guardian, where he had a regular monthly column, The Times, Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, Sunday Times, Times Educational Supplement, Times Higher Education Supplement and Times Literary Supplement, and has contributed to a variety of magazines, including New Scientist, Resurgence, the Ecologist and the Spectator.

Books by Rupert Sheldrake:
A New Science of Life: The Hypothesis of Formative Causation (1981). New edition 2009 (in the US published as Morphic Resonance)
The Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Habits of Nature (1988)
The Rebirth of Nature: The Greening of Science and God (1992)
Seven Experiments that Could Change the World: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Revolutionary Science (1994) (Winner of the Book of the Year Award from the British Institute for Social Inventions)
Dogs that Know When Their Owners are Coming Home, and Other Unexplained Powers of Animals (1999) (Winner of the Book of the Year Award from the British Scientific and Medical Network)
The Sense of Being Stared At, And Other Aspects of the Extended Mind (2003)
The Science Delusion (2012, published in the US as Science Set Free)

Rupert Sheldrake on being banned by TED

Rupert Sheldrake humorously discusses having his TED talk pulled and the surrounding uproar. Interviewed by Gabriel D. Roberts - connecting clients and Jungian therapists worldwide. From the SYNCHRONICITY: Matter & Psyche Symposium - order the full video with Graham Hancock and Rupert Sheldrake here:

Rupert Sheldrake - The Science Delusion

Author of the best-selling Science Delusion; proponent of morphic resonance; banned by TED.

Rupert Sheldrake has been dubbed the most controversial scientist on Earth. His best-selling book, The Science Delusion, tackles what he calls the dogmas within conventional science which can blind us to deeper discoveries about the way the world works.

At ASPIRE 4 ALL, Rupert will discuss the ten dogmas on which he says science is built. These dogmas, he says - for example, that nature is mechanical and purposeless, that the laws and constants of nature are fixed, and that psychic phenomena like telepathy are impossible — have held back the pursuit of knowledge.

This is the talk they didn’t want you to see. First delivered at a TEDx event in London, the talk was subsequently removed by TED from its website.

At ASPIRE 4 ALL, participants will have the opportunity to judge for themselves if Rupert’s are ideas worth spreading

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Dr. Rupert Sheldrake talks about his banned TED talk on Skeptiko with Alex Tsakiris 02/04/2013

Interview with Dr. Rupert Sheldrake about the censorship of his TEDx talk 'The Science Delusion' on the Skeptiko podcast with Alex Tsakiris on 02/04/2013

Skeptiko podcast is a leading source for intelligent, hard-nosed skeptic vs. believer debate on science and spirituality. Each episode features lively discussion with leading researchers, thinkers, and their critics.


BANNED TEDx TALKS: Real Truth, Science, Consciousness, etc.

One method to learn the actual truth is to see what corporations DON'T want you to know about. Why won't TED allow certain quality presentations to appear on the TED YouTube channel? For example, what if both the speed of light and gravity on Earth change over time? How would science, which is so stuck on the concept of absolute constants, deal with such a 'reality'? What if a dogmatic assumption actually inhibits scientific inquiry? What if the 'visions' that religious prophets and spiritual adepts had were actually the result of taking hallucinogenic or otherwise mind or consciousness-altering substances?

The key concepts of this particular video montage are:
* Scientology-like Cults
* The Science Delusion
* Intellectual Phaselocking (fudging scientific data)
* Entheogenic Origins of Conscious Awareness (hallucinogenic substances)

Here is more dialogue about the issue on the TED blog:

TED Conference Exposed As Scientology-Style Cult

Rupert Sheldrake - The Science Delusion

Graham Hancock - The War on Consciousness

KEYWORDS: Banned TEDx Talks, Rupert Sheldrake, Graham Hancock, Science Delusion, Joe Rogan, Scientology, Cults, Intellectual Phaselocking, Entheogens, Conscious Awareness, Consciousness, Hallucinogenic Substances, Sarah Silverman, Eddie Huang, Nick Hanauer, LSD, Mushrooms, Ayahuasca, Santa Daime, Peyote

Flat Earth..Science Dogma.. Dr. Rupert Sheldrake talks about his banned TED talk on Skeptiko

interview with Dr. Rupert Sheldrake about the censorship of his TEDx talk 'The Science Delusion' on the Skeptiko podcast with Alex Tsakiris on 02/04/2013
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Skeptiko podcast is a leading source for intelligent, hard-nosed skeptic vs. believer debate on science and spirituality. Each episode features lively discussion with leading researchers, thinkers, and their critics.

Always ask questions.. Do your own research.. your mind is your own.. you decide

The Science Delusion Rupert Sheldrake at TEDxWhitechapel

The Science Delusion 2019: Bridport Literary & Scientific Institute

The Science Delusion / Science Set Free

2013 Book of the Year, Scientific and Medical Network

In Science Set Free (originally published in the UK as The Science Delusion), Dr. Rupert Sheldrake shows the ways in which science is being constricted by assumptions that have, over the years, hardened into dogmas. Such dogmas are not only limiting, but dangerous for the future of humanity.

1. Nature is mechanical
2. Matter is unconscious
3. Laws of nature are fixed
4. The total amount of matter & energy is always the same
5. Nature is purposeless
6. All inheritance is material
7. Memories are material traces
8. Minds are confined to brains
9. Psychic phenomena are illusory
10. Only mechanistic medicine works

According to these principles, all of reality is material or physical; the world is a machine, made up of inanimate matter; nature is purposeless; consciousness is nothing but the physical activity of the brain; free will is an illusion; God exists only as an idea in human minds, imprisoned within our skulls.

But should science be a belief-system, or a method of enquiry? Sheldrake shows that the materialist ideology is moribund; under its sway, increasingly expensive research is reaping diminishing returns while societies around the world are paying the price.

In the skeptical spirit of true science, Sheldrake turns the ten fundamental dogmas of materialism into exciting questions, and shows how all of them open up startling new possibilities for discovery.


Thirty years after his first heretical books, Sheldrake's new one, Science Set Free, is a landmark achievement. No science writing has inspired me more. — Deepak Chopra, San Francisco Chronicle

Sheldrake drags ten of the most powerful dogmas out of the basement and into the light of day; and does science, humanity and the world a large, a considerable favour. — The Independent

For those of us who are suspicious of the claims of materialism it's astonishing, and also heartening, to hear a scientist agree that it's a hidebound ideology, dismiss the belief in determinism as a 'delusion' and call on the 'high priests' of science to abandon their 'fantasy of omniscience'. — Robert McLuhan

Graham Hancock - The War on Consciousness BANNED TED TALK

Re-uploaded as TED have decided to censor Graham and remove this video from the TEDx youtube channel. Follow this link for TED's statement on the matter and Graham's response:

If anyone would like to prepare a transcript or caption file in any language so non-English speakers can enjoy this talk, please do so and I will be happy to upload it. Just PM me. Or the video is embedded on the Amara project website, so you can add subtitles there at:

GRAHAM HANCOCK is the author of the major international bestsellers The Sign and The Seal, Fingerprints of the Gods, and Heaven's Mirror. His books have sold more than five million copies worldwide and have been translated into 27 languages. His public lectures, radio and TV appearances, including two major TV series for Channel 4 in the UK and The Learning Channel in the US - Quest For The Lost Civilisation and Flooded Kingdoms of the Ice Age - have put his ideas before audiences of tens of millions. He has become recognised as an unconventional thinker who raises controversial questions about humanity's past.

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Hancock's early years were spent in India, where his father worked as a surgeon. Later he went to school and university in the northern English city of Durham and graduated from Durham University in 1973 with First Class Honours in Sociology. He went on to pursue a career in quality journalism, writing for many of Britain's leading newspapers including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, and The Guardian. He was co-editor of New Internationalist magazine from 1976-1979 and East Africa correspondent of The Economist from 1981-1983.

In the early 1980's Hancock's writing began to move consistently in the direction of books. His first book (Journey Through Pakistan, with photographers Mohamed Amin and Duncan Willetts) was published in 1981. It was followed by Under Ethiopian Skies (1983), co-authored with Richard Pankhurst and photographed by Duncan Willets , Ethiopia: The Challenge of Hunger (1984), and AIDS: The Deadly Epidemic (1986) co-authored with Enver Carim. In 1987 Hancock began work on his widely-acclaimed critique of foreign aid, Lords of Poverty, which was published in 1989. African Ark (with photographers Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith) was published in 1990.

Hancock's breakthrough to bestseller status came in 1992 with the publication of The Sign and The Seal, his epic investigation into the mystique and whereabouts today of the lost Ark of the Covenant. 'Hancock has invented a new genre,' commented The Guardian, 'an intellectual whodunit by a do-it-yourself sleuth.' Fingerprints of the Gods, published in 1995 confirmed Hancock's growing reputation. Described as 'one of the intellectual landmarks of the decade' by the Literary Review, this book has now sold more than three million copies and continues to be in demand all around the world. Subsequent works such as Keeper Of Genesis (The Message of the Sphinx in the US) with co-author Robert Bauval, and Heaven's Mirror, with photographer Santha Faiia, have also been Number 1 bestsellers, the latter accompanied by Hancock's three-part television series Quest For the Lost Civilisation.

In 2002 Hancock published Underworld: Flooded Kingdoms of the Ice Age to great critical acclaim, and hosted the accompanying major TV series. This was the culmination of years of research and on-hand dives at ancient underwater ruins. Arguing that many of the clues to the origin of civilization lay underwater, on coastal regions once above water but flooded at the end of the last Ice age, Underworld offered tangible archaeological evidence that myths and legends of ancient floods were not to be dismissed out of hand.

Graham's next venture Talisman: Sacred Cities, Secret Faith, co-authored by Robert Bauval, was published in 2004. This work, a decade in preparation, returns to the themes last dealt with in Keeper Of Genesis, seeking further evidence for the continuation of a secret astronomical cult into modern times. It is a roller-coaster intellectual journey through the back streets and rat runs of history to uncover the traces in architecture and monuments of a secret religion that has shaped the world.

In 2005 Graham published Supernatural: Meetings with The Ancient Teachers of Mankind, an investigation of shamanism and the origins of religion. This controversial book suggests that experiences in altered states of consciousness have played a fundamental role in the evolution of human culture, and that other realities - indeed parallel worlds - surround us all the time but are not normally accessible to our senses.

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UFOs and Spirituality - Banned TED Talk

TED canceled the license they gave to TEDx West Hollywood for having content like this and it was privately funded so it all could be delivered. TED had just removed talks by Rupert Sheldrake and Graham Hancock from their online database and changed the parameters of what was acceptable on the TED stage in what amounted to censorship of what’s outside the bounds of scientific materialism. You can read all about the great TED debacle on the West Hollywood sponsor’s website:

This talk by Paul Nugent was given at the ex-TEDx West Hollywood in. Paul Nugent mentions that a wider view on spirituality will be necessary in this paradigm shift. The original title was “The Missing Link is in our Future, not in our Past”.

Other talks have been banned by TED, specifically
Richard Sheldrake
Graham Hancock and
Russell Targ

Paul Nugent is a longtime member of The Aetherius Society.
Links to further study on subjects mentioned in his talk:
Dr. George King:
What is Love:
The Mother Earth:
UFOs and Extraterrestrial life:



Graham Hancock explains why his Ted Talk was banned.
FREE FULL EPISODE: (public release on 18-Sep-16.)
Graham Hancock is a British writer and journalist who specialises in theories involving ancient civilisations, stone monuments or megaliths, altered states of consciousness, ancient myths and astronomical/astrological data from the past.




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FLAT EARTH - The science delusion [excerpt from banned TEDx talk]

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Rupert Sheldrake - The Science Delusion: Why Materialism is not the Answer

Since 1981, Dr. Rupert Sheldrake has been researching morphic fields - his hypothesis about form-giving, immaterial fields which serve as a kind of blueprint for creation. Although he succeeded to find more and more evidence supporting his case, his hypothesis has been mainly rejected by the mainstream scientific community. In his lecture The Science Delusion, Sheldrake points out several scientific dogmas which prevent science from overcoming its materialistic world view...

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Rupert Sheldrake - The Science Delusion

Rupert Sheldrake is one of the world's most innovative biologists and writers, and is best known for his theory of morphic fields and morphic resonance, which leads to a vision of a living, developing universe with its own inherent memory. At this talk Rupert shared thoughts from his latest ground-breaking new book The Science Delusion and explored the implications of his radical discoveries for both science and society.

Rupert Sheldrake and Graham Hancock controversial TED talks Presentation Preview

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The speed of light and a banned TED talk

Rupert Sheldrake made several points in his (in)famous banned talk. I examined the more interesting ones.

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Rupert Sheldrake on the TED controversy

Dr. Rupert Sheldrake discusses TED's controversial decision to remove his talk from their YouTube channel. Rupert's response to TED and its anonymous scientific board may be read on the official TED blog:

On his website, in the Controversies section, Rupert has documented many instances when he's been forced to publicly respond to false and defamatory statements by leading skeptics:

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Earth Talk: Science and Spiritual Practices - Dr Rupert Sheldrake

In this lecture at Schumacher College, Rupert Sheldrake shows how the scientific worldview is moribund; the sciences are being constricted by assumptions that have hardened into dogmas. But science itself is now transcending the materialist philosophy, and pointing toward a new sense of a living world. The cosmos is no longer like a machine running down; it is more like a developing organism with an inherent memory, and so is our planet, Gaia. These new paradigm shifts in the sciences shed a new light on spiritual practices like pilgrimage, ritual, prayer and meditation.

Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D. is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and 10 books, including The Science Delusion. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, a Research Fellow of the Royal Society, Principal Plant Physiologist at ICRISAT (the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics) in Hyderabad, India, and from 2005-2010 the Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge. While in India, he spent two years living in the ashram of Fr Bede Griffiths, and has given workshops on science and spirituality with Matthew Fox and Brother David Steindl-Rast. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, California, and a visiting professor at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut. His web site is



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