TED talks are a great source of knowledge and offer fresh perspectives, so watch those crackerjacker talks regularly. But the community of curious souls seems two-faced since banned speakers Eddie Huang and Graham Hancock spoke up. Vice-editor Eddie Huang compares the ‘TED fellowship’ with Scientology. He opens up about ridiculous rules TED imposes on its ‘fellows’.
One of the rules is that speakers have to be available for 7 days straight, 14 hours a day, for networking and cocktail events. Because Huang left the conference for an afternoon to talk with Joe Rogan for his podcast, TED dismissed his talk. Aside from this video, TED also banned Graham Hancock’s (about ayahuasca), Sarah Silverman’s, Rupert Sheldrake and Sergey Brin’s talk. Watch the excerpt from the podcast or listen to the whole podcast cause this guy is fucking hilarious, and watch the banned videos in this post.
Eddie Huangs’ look on TED
By the way, TED mission statement:
“We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.”
In the meantime TED collects 16 million dollar from their attendees every year (if you’re invited all expenses are paid, if not you pay 2.000 dollar for the program). Too bad the greatest minds in the world need TED and too bad that the organization forgot that they are just a distribution channel for great thinkers and nothing more. So it’s time they stop acting like it.
Eddie Huang TED talk
Sergey Brin TED talk
Sara Silverman TED talk
Graham Hancock (banned) TED talk
Rupert Sheldrake (banned) TED talk