Most of you are probably aware of TED. They do conferences with talks by ‘inspirational’ speakers under the slogan of ‘Ideas worth spreading’. These ideas are mostly spread by creative commons videos that they release online. KIA participants have shared some of them here on this website over the years. But how are they funded? Well a significant part of their income comes from the conference itself.
Originally attendance at the conference was invitation only and cost $4400. Something for the rich elite then. In 2007 they shifted to an annual membership model of $6000. This means they are financially dependent on the continued support of a wealthy elite.
As tends to happen with successful brands, they felt the need to expand, and they achieved this through the TEDx franchise. These were smaller conferences not organised by TED itself, that took place throughout the world.
One TEDx conference took place in Whitechapel, London and was organised by a group of students. This included a talk by Graham Hancock entitled ‘The War on Conciousness’. This proved quite a popular talk that generated a lot of discussion, but when TED central found it, they decided to take it down from their site. Of course, since it was released on a Creative Commons license, it can still be found all over the internet.
Here is the talk TED don’t want you to see:
It seems, in the war on consciousness, TED have chosen to side with authoritarian repression. Bare that in mind next time you watch one of the talks they approve of.
Whilst most of the ‘so-called free world’ struggle with whether grown adults should be allowed to smoke weed, Graham courageously takes a stand against the very idea that government should have any right to limit the ways in which a grown adult can alter their own consciousness.
In effect he takes an important stand against the tyrannous authoritarian idea that our minds are owned by the governments we elect from a choice of corporate sponsored leaders, and says ‘No, I own my own consciousness, and what I do with it is not a government concern.’
The war on consciousness is to my mind a subset of the war for control of our bodies, but more on that later…