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5 April 2018
Inside science

Eric's Velikovsky thread has gone big on EU subjects of late. For example, we have some posts on Rupert Sheldrake, one of the speakers at the UK EU conference in Bath in July. Specifically, it broings up once again the now dated story of TED taking down Sheldrake speaking at a TED sponsored conference a few years ago. Apparently, TED can be influenced by mainstream science monitors, the so called thought police that likes to patrol Wiki and other public arenas, threatening organisers with bad publicity and black listing them if they don't comply with their preferred views. SIS has been on the wrong end of these tactics and therefore we can only sympathise with Sheldrake, and to a degree with TED, but we have an elephant in the room it would seem. One of the reasons given for the angst was that back in 2016 Shedlrake claimed the speed of light had dropped slightly between 1928 and 1945, and then in 1948 it suddenly popped back up again. This was featured in a TED-X event in Whitechapel, London, back in 1913, with the title, 'Challenging Existing Paradigms'. Even thought the video was banned by TED it had still garnered 35,000 views (or clicks). Off the TED site this figure is reputed to have shot up to a million hits. Whether or not the speed of light can change, or has changed, is neither here nor there – it is the fact that the idea has been deliberately suppressed (as far as most people's access is concerned). Not only that, in the video Sheldrake summarises points he has made in his book, 'Science Set Free' – which focuses on dogmas accrued by science. This is of course part of the remit for the existence of SIS – to provide a platform for scientists with alternative ideas. Sheldrake is on record as adding the comment, saying such dogmas stymie invention and choke novel science at birth

See for example http://setsciencefree.org/summary-ted-controversy/

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