Mod+ The TED Protest: Pictures and updates

#1
I’ll be posting news about the protest as I get it. It’s scheduled from 12pm to 2pm. EST.

They posted a picture of the location on twitter:

http://t.co/wPV685JBcu


This is Richard Perl esq. giving his thoughts on the summary of the controversy. He is a personal friend of sheldrake. Photo credit Paul Revis, copyright 2014 all rights reserved.


This is Paul Revis handing off the petition to Chris Anderson. Photo credit Paul Revis copyright 2014, all rights reserved




Handing off the petition to Chris Anderson from another angle. Photo credit Paul Revis, copyright 2014, all rights reserved



2:00pm EST
I talked to Eliott Edge, who was also there and found out some more interesting information. Richard Perl esq., who is a friend of Sheldrake, got into it a little bit with Chris Anderson over psi research, but Anderson remained unmoved. One person came all the way from Atlanta, Georgia to attend the protest. I will be getting a copy of the statements and other information later and I’ll make a narrative out of it. It was a short, well organized protest and it seems to have gone well.



1:30pm EST
Paul called me just now. Chris Anderson came downstairs and met with Paul, the petition was handed over and they talked for about 15 minutes. Anderson still maintains that parapsychology research is not accepted by the mainstream science community. Paul countered that he had over 250 names of scientists that think this should be discussed. (I mentioned to Paul that the Parapsychological Association is a member of the AAAS and is therefore accepted as legitimate science.) He described Anderson as kind and friendly. Paul also suggested a panel discussion, but all Anderson would say was that that was “interesting.” No committment.

12:35pm EST
I just spoke to Paul Revis, the event organizer. It’s raining in NYC at the moment, which may be reducing the number of attendees. They have their own film crew there and are negotiating with TED as to whether they come upstairs to deliver the petition or a rep from TED comes downstairs.

12:00pm EST
Right now, there are 10 people who have showed up to the start of the protest. It was never expected to be very big because it was originally intended that PhD’s and MD’s attend the protest and only late in the process was it decided to let everyone attend. As of today,
320 people have signed the general petition that was started about a week ago. The formal PhD and MD petition however, has over 250 signatures.

Here is their press release:




SET SCIENCE FREE CAMPAIGNApril 1st, 2014Set Science Free CampaignNew York City, New Yorkhttp://SetScienceFree.org, Media@setsciencefree.orgMedia contact: Mr. Edge 201-696-6114


Over 250 international PhDs and MDs sign petition in support of public rebuttal to be read outside of TED’s New York City Head Quarters regarding censorship by TED’s Anonymous Scientific Board
On April 2nd, 2014, between 12pm and 2pm the Set Science Free Campaign will hold an open public rebuttal outside of TED’s New York City Headquarters at 250 Hudson Street. In addition to this rebuttal, SetScienceFree.org has accumulated the signatures of over 250 PhDs and MDs from around the world, including a Nobel Prize Winner, regarding the existence and activities of TED’s anonymous “Scientific Advisory Board”. On April 2nd, 2013, TED finalized their decision to remove Rupert Sheldrake PhD’s TEDx talk The Science Delusion, from their database of searchable talks. The decision to remove this talk was handed down in part by several unnamed scientists and journalists that work in some capacity on behalf of TED. Sheldrake’s talk focused on general dogmas and assumptions in science and more specifically materialism. This anonymous group initially challenged the scientific validity of Dr. Sheldrake’s talk but failed to offer a standing argument, resulting in their objections ultimately being retracted. Yet despite being unable to find any reasonable justification, TED proceeded to remove it. Dr. Sheldrake challenged TED’s anonymous scientific body to a public debate. TED refused and additionally continues to refuse to name the members of the board that called for the removal of his talk. The removal of Dr. Sheldrake’s lecture has ignited a public, intellectual, and scientific backlash against TED that has been raging for nearly a full year. This is most comprehensively documented. The Set Science Free Campaign is a grassroots effort that has not been organized by Dr. Sheldrake but rather by concerned citizens who feel that legitimate scientific boards should not be anonymous. Science strives to be based on facts and evidence. Members of scientific boards, journals, or science oriented non-profit media companies such as TED must be transparent for the public good as they establish a chain of evidence as well as credulity for their worldwide viewership. The press is invited to join us on April 2nd, between 12pm and 2pm, outside of TED’s New York City Headquarters at 250 Hudson Street. The will be handed over at 1pm. More information about this event can be obtained via http://setsciencefree.org or via the contact information listed above.


 
#2
I’ll be posting news about the protest as I get it. It’s scheduled from 12pm to 2pm. EST.

They posted a picture of the location on twitter:

http://t.co/wPV685JBcu


This is Richard Perl esq. giving his thoughts on the summary of the controversy. He is a personal friend of sheldrake. Photo credit Paul Revis, copyright 2014 all rights reserved.


This is Paul Revis handing off the petition to Chris Anderson. Photo credit Paul Revis copyright 2014, all rights reserved



Handing off the petition to Chris Anderson from another angle. Photo credit Paul Revis, copyright 2014, all rights reserved


2:00pm EST
I talked to Eliott Edge, who was also there and found out some more interesting information. Richard Perl esq., who is a friend of Sheldrake, got into it a little bit with Chris Anderson over psi research, but Anderson remained unmoved. One person came all the way from Atlanta, Georgia to attend the protest. I will be getting a copy of the statements and other information later and I’ll make a narrative out of it. It was a short, well organized protest and it seems to have gone well.


1:30pm EST
Paul called me just now. Chris Anderson came downstairs and met with Paul, the petition was handed over and they talked for about 15 minutes. Anderson still maintains that parapsychology research is not accepted by the mainstream science community. Paul countered that he had over 250 names of scientists that think this should be discussed. (I mentioned to Paul that the Parapsychological Association is a member of the AAAS and is therefore accepted as legitimate science.) He described Anderson as kind and friendly. Paul also suggested a panel discussion, but all Anderson would say was that that was “interesting.” No committment.

12:35pm EST
I just spoke to Paul Revis, the event organizer. It’s raining in NYC at the moment, which may be reducing the number of attendees. They have their own film crew there and are negotiating with TED as to whether they come upstairs to deliver the petition or a rep from TED comes downstairs.

12:00pm EST
Right now, there are 10 people who have showed up to the start of the protest. It was never expected to be very big because it was originally intended that PhD’s and MD’s attend the protest and only late in the process was it decided to let everyone attend. As of today, 320 people have signed the general petition that was started about a week ago. The formal PhD and MD petition however, has over 250 signatures.

Here is their press release:




SET SCIENCE FREE CAMPAIGNApril 1st, 2014Set Science Free CampaignNew York City, New Yorkhttp://SetScienceFree.org, Media@setsciencefree.orgMedia contact: Mr. Edge 201-696-6114


Over 250 international PhDs and MDs sign petition in support of public rebuttal to be read outside of TED’s New York City Head Quarters regarding censorship by TED’s Anonymous Scientific Board
On April 2nd, 2014, between 12pm and 2pm the Set Science Free Campaign will hold an open public rebuttal outside of TED’s New York City Headquarters at 250 Hudson Street. In addition to this rebuttal, SetScienceFree.org has accumulated the signatures of over 250 PhDs and MDs from around the world, including a Nobel Prize Winner, regarding the existence and activities of TED’s anonymous “Scientific Advisory Board”. On April 2nd, 2013, TED finalized their decision to remove Rupert Sheldrake PhD’s TEDx talk The Science Delusion, from their database of searchable talks. The decision to remove this talk was handed down in part by several unnamed scientists and journalists that work in some capacity on behalf of TED. Sheldrake’s talk focused on general dogmas and assumptions in science and more specifically materialism. This anonymous group initially challenged the scientific validity of Dr. Sheldrake’s talk but failed to offer a standing argument, resulting in their objections ultimately being retracted. Yet despite being unable to find any reasonable justification, TED proceeded to remove it. Dr. Sheldrake challenged TED’s anonymous scientific body to a public debate. TED refused and additionally continues to refuse to name the members of the board that called for the removal of his talk. The removal of Dr. Sheldrake’s lecture has ignited a public, intellectual, and scientific backlash against TED that has been raging for nearly a full year. This is most comprehensively documented. The Set Science Free Campaign is a grassroots effort that has not been organized by Dr. Sheldrake but rather by concerned citizens who feel that legitimate scientific boards should not be anonymous. Science strives to be based on facts and evidence. Members of scientific boards, journals, or science oriented non-profit media companies such as TED must be transparent for the public good as they establish a chain of evidence as well as credulity for their worldwide viewership. The press is invited to join us on April 2nd, between 12pm and 2pm, outside of TED’s New York City Headquarters at 250 Hudson Street. The will be handed over at 1pm. More information about this event can be obtained via http://setsciencefree.org or via the contact information listed above.
The good thing about this protest - the one that really make it the first scientific protest, as you said - is its calm, polite and itelligent nature. No yelling, insults and threats characteristic for political protests; but a rational and civil dialogue.

However, I suspect Jerry Coyne will perceive the event differently (if he will notice it at all). I suspect his article about it would begin like this: "A hateful and furious crowd of wild-eyed crazed woomeisters publicly attacked TED employees, demanding them to bow to their superstitions or to be eternally damned in Hell". Or something like that. ;)
 
#3
The good thing about this protest - the one that really make it the first scientific protest, as you said - is its calm, polite and itelligent nature. No yelling, insults and threats characteristic for political protests; but a rational and civil dialogue.

However, I suspect Jerry Coyne will perceive the event differently (if he will notice it at all). I suspect his article about it would begin like this: "A hateful and furious crowd of wild-eyed crazed woomeisters publicly attacked TED employees, demanding them to bow to their superstitions or to be eternally damned in Hell". Or something like that. ;)
Ironically that would have done a better job of attracting media interest. This protest happened the same day:
http://blog.sfgate.com/techchron/2014/04/02/protesters-block-vomit-on-yahoo-bus-in-oakland/
 
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#5
There were apparently about 12 who participated and I don't know if any kept track of who they were. I'm talking to Paul today and I'll ask him about the petition signers. Other people have brought up that point.
 
#6
I spoke to Paul this afternoon. It's going to take him a couple of days to get the names published. He just wants to give everyone who signed it another chance to opt out of making their name public in case it wasn't enough before. He's trying very hard to keep it classy.
 
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