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Published on May 16, 2013
This talk was part of "Brother Can You Spare a Paradigm?" a daylong program created for TEDx West Hollywood that was actually presented by Suzanne Taylor's Mighty Companions non-profit foundation when TED decided the program was too far outside the box of consensus reality and would harm TED's ability to get other speakers. If you like what you see, please tell Chris@TED.com to help him understand the inappropriateness of TED's last-minute license cancellation for this uplifting program. For more: https://suespeaks.org/ex-tedx-west-ho....
Larry Dossey, MD, is an internal medicine physician, former Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital, and former co-chairman of the Panel on Mind/Body Interventions, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health. He is executive editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. He is the author of twelve books, which have been translated into twenty languages, on the role of consciousness and spirituality in health. His forthcoming book is "One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters." He lectures around the world. Website: www.dosseydossey.com/larry/default.html
This is the statement issued by Dr. Dossey after TED raised eyebrows about his science legitimacy:
I can add my name to those of Rupert Sheldrake and Graham Hancock as speakers who find themselves in TEDx's crosshairs.
I was scheduled to speak at the West Hollywood event. But my scientific credibility was questioned by TED's science advisory board in their decision to withdraw support and revoke the license of TEDxWestHollywood.
I've lectured at dozens of top-tier medical schools and hospitals all over the U.S. for two decades. Although my colleagues don't always agree with my points of view, this is the first time my scientific credibility has ever been questioned.
My TEDx talk would have dealt with the correlations between spirituality, health, and longevity, for which there is immense evidence; and recent experimental findings that point toward a nonlocal view of consciousness for which, again, there is strong and abundant support. In view of our lack of understanding of the origins and destiny of consciousness, and considering the demographics of the TEDx followers, I thought this information would have been of considerable interest.
As a board-certified physician of internal medicine, former chief of staff of a major hospital, author of twelve books and scores of papers on these subjects published in peer-reviewed journals, a recipient of many awards, a frequent lecturer at medical schools and hospitals, and executive editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, I'd be interested in knowing from TED where I came up short.
"A clash of doctrines is not a disaster, it is an opportunity," Whitehead said. It should not be a reason for censorship.