3 TED Talks the Establishment Would Prefer You To Miss

Sigmund Fraud, Staff Writer
Waking Times

What do economic inequality, scientific materialism, and human consciousness have in common?

All 3 of them represent important pillars of our current economic and social arrangements, and, all 3 are topics of TED presentations surrounded by controversy, with many people claiming censorship by the revered idea broker.

TED, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’ has inspired the world many times over with the quality and variety of their conferences, speakers and topics. They, of course, reserve the right to choose their content accordingly, however, a common thread in these 3 talks, intellectual revolt against mainstream thought, does makes them suspiciously ripe for suppression by a larger media establishment already guilty of enforcing our status quo with a heavy regimen of triviality, propaganda and fantasy.

None of these ideas are violent, none are offensive nor profane, and all are reasoned and intelligent. And, although they may not appeal to everyone, there is certainly no physical harm to be done from sharing these ideas.

Take a look at these worthwhile presentations, the 3 TED talks the establishment would prefer you to miss.

1. Graham Hancock – The War on Consciousness

The works of author and explorer Graham Hancock regarding our ancient history, the nature of consciousness, Ayahuasca, and altered states of consciousness, offer an essential examination of our culture.

His captivating TED Talk, “The War on Consciousness,” a sober and intelligent argument for the liberation of the human mind, was deliberately removed from You Tube by TED curator Chris Anderson.

“Graham Hancock’s talk, again, shares a compelling and unorthodox worldview, but one that strays well beyond the realm of reasonable science. While attempting to critique the scientific worldview, he misrepresents what scientists actually think…” Chris Anderson, [TED]

After some debate between Hancock and Anderson, this presentation was not fully re-posted to TED’s site, but rather subjugated to a new, unseen basement corner on TED’s site, canceling it’s record of views and limiting it’s future visibility.

Is Hancock sharing ideas worth censoring? Decide for yourself…

2. Rupert Sheldrake – The Science of Delusion

Along with Graham Hancock’s, TED also removed the recent talk by author and bio-chemist Rupert Sheldrake.

In the bold debate about the nature of human consciousness, Rupert Sheldrake stands out for questioning the standing dogmas of modern science and for bringing us his fascinating theory of Morphic Resonance regarding the collective memory and the habits of nature.

In the following TED presentation, he discusses 10 scientific dogmas that should be questioned to support our evolution. After TED published this, they then reviewed it and moved to hide it.

Do you find Sheldrake’s TED presentation to be of value, or should it’s visibility be limited so that the public isn’t subjected to ideas that some people feel should not be heard?

3. Rick Hanauer – Rich People Don’t Create Jobs

This third presentation, by entrepreneur Rick Hanauer, is surrounded by controversy because after it was recorded, it was passed over for publication by TED. Stating that allegations of censorship are false, and that TED merely favored better presentations over Hanauer’s when deciding what to publish to their hugely popular website, TED publicly released the talk after suspicions were raised.

Discussing the idea of income equality and the forces behind job creation, Hanauer challenges the advantages the wealthy are given in society, and points out the social class system we have. His ideas are simple and clear, yet many people feel that this talk was intentionally censored by TED because of the threat these notions put to the existing pecking order in our world.

It seems unlikely that TED could possibly have anything to gain by shelving this 5 minute discourse, but, either way, the controversy exists, and Hanauer’s presentation certainly does challenge one of the establishment’s sacred cows of the economy. That the middle class is dependent on the wealthy for job creation.

Should Rick Hanauer’s non-partisan talk about the merits of taxing/not-taxing the rich be given equal weight in the arena of popular ideas?

While popular with the public, these 3 talks do challenge fundamental aspects of the status quo, and in outstanding, thought-provoking style. The controversy surrounding them is about who in the public should be arbiter of ideas and about who should get to define the box we collectively think within.

So, decide for yourself. Should these ideas be pushed to the backbins of our collective human conversation? Would the establishment indeed have something to fear if these ideas were to become mainstream? Are we, as a culture, brave enough to freely entertain ideas?

Either way, the present established world order does indeed have plenty to gain by keeping the people of the planet in the dark about ideas that can lead to a revolution in human thought and behavior.

You decide, and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

About the Author

Sigmund Fraud is a survivor of modern psychiatry and a dedicated mental activist. He is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com where he indulges in the possibility of a massive shift towards a more psychologically aware future for mankind.

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How to find your passion and purpose

Fredrik Lyhagen in Passion & Purpose

My discovery on the topic of passion and purpose is simple but powerful and has helped me get clear direction and continually reenergize my pursuit!

You may have seen a similar Venn-diagram to this before about how to enjoy a purposeful life if you only focus on work in the intersection between money, talent and passion.

Simple right? Well, not really. How many people do you know that are paid to live out their passion?
reintegrate how to find your passion

So where and why do people stumble?

What are your talents?
Listing your talents is pretty simple. If you can’t answer it yourself then ask 5-10 people you’ve been interacting with recently, a mix of professional and private interactions, a few questions like: “What is it I do that makes me stand out from others? What would be three of my strongest qualities? Could you name a few reasons you like to work/hang with me?”

What are people willing to pay for?
Figuring out what people are willing to pay money for is fairly easy unless you’re truly innovating but in most cases I’d think your ideas are variations on existing products and services. A simple trick is to check Amazon. Is there a market for your general idea? If one of your talents are grooming your dog a quick search on Amazon shows that there are 2095 books on dog grooming and 15513 different products for dog grooming so people are clearly spending money dog grooming. If you execute well on your idea of dog grooming you can capture some of that money.

So then it’s just about your passion
What are you truly passionate about? What do you love to do?

This is where I stumble. I enjoy a lot of different things and my passion cycles between these different things over time and with different levels of intensity. But what is it that I am so passionate about that I can work with and pour my soul into for the rest of my life? I mean if I’m going to break up from my current work, start something new, probably struggle financially during the start-up phase it better be for an undying passion right?

Well, I’ve recently come to reevaluate my view on passion and it’s was this little video clip with Simon Sinek on how to find you passion that flipped my mental switch. His talk is not a revelation but combined with some other thoughts it helped me formulate a new understanding of passion.

Simon starts by stating: “Passion is not an actionable word. // People who follow their passion do better but “follow your passion” is not helpful advice.”

He then continues to what really resonated with me:

“Passion is a result.”

Secondly, in this TEDx talk about how to know your life purpose Adam Leipzig says:

“The unexamined life is not worth living but if the only thing you do is examining you’re not living”

and further in he says:

“The happy people were outward focused. They knew very clearly who they served, what those people needed and how those people changed as a result”.

Finally, the last piece of the puzzle is expressed very effectively by Seth Godin: “Ship it!” Nothing will ever happen if you don’t ship! The objective of doing is to interact with people in some way. And because it can be scary to interact with people (they may criticise you!!) it’s tempting to avoid shipping and keep working on your idea, to keep polishing, twisting and tweaking. But you only learn what people are willing to pay for if you interact with them.

Seth Godin’s bottom line is “Always be shipping!” Formulate your idea, test it on people, take their feedback and refine your idea. Build a prototype, ask people if it adds value to their lives, ask which feature they want you to develop further, go home and fine-tune and adjust, repeat in perpetuum.

So, connecting all this guru talk back to finding your passion!
Undying passion is not something you start with and then it carries you through to the end of the rainbow. Passion is not input nor output. Passion is an energy fuelled by progress. And to have a genuine feeling of progress you need to be outward focused and a large part of that is to always be shipping.

Passion is an energy fuelled by progress.

By being outward focused and always be shipping you get feedback which allows you to gain better understanding of what people are willing to pay for which allows you to become better (develop your circle of Talent in the picture) at meeting those needs which will give your better market response and thus make tangible progress and the feeling of progress fuels your passion.

My learning here is: You must ship to fuel your passion, if you don’t ship you suffocate passion.
My action then is: Stop searching for my ultimate passion. Pick something I’m passionate about and start shipping!