Rupert gave a talk entitled The Science Delusion at TEDx Whitechapel, Jan 12, 2013. The theme for the night was Visions for Transition: Challenging existing paradigms and redefining values (for a more beautiful world). In response to protests from two hardcore materialists in the US, the talk was taken out of circulation by TED, relegated to a corner of their website and stamped with a warning label.

Room for discussion was made, but those who condemned the talk never showed up. The vast majority of those who spoke out were outraged, including those who'd never heard of morphic resonance. Ironically, at the time of removal the video had a modest 35,000 views on YouTube; since then, its clones have been watched 7.4 million times (as of October 2023). The video has been translated into 24 languages by generous members of the YouTube community: use links under video above for your language.

The TED Debate

The "Charges" and Rupert's Response

The Debate on

A Good Summary of the Controversy

In total, the comments for Sheldrake and Hancock have exceeded those for any other TED Talk, or any other topic on the TED website for that matter. Sheldrake shared his experience, and his conversation with Chris Anderson, in this interview on Skeptiko.

- Sebastian Penraeth
TED’s Spectacular Fail: Ideas Worth Suppressing

Whiteboard Animation of the Talk by YouTube Artist After Skool

Rupert Discusses the Controversy

A Book on the TED and Wikipedia Controversies

Psi Wars: TED, Wikipedia and the Battle for the Internet

by Craig Weiler

"First rate exposé of an Orwellian reality in plain sight."
– Dean Radin

Protest and Petition

A group in New York, led by Paul Revis, protested at TED headquarters in New York City on April 2nd. This was the anniversary of the date on which TED removed Rupert's TEDx talk, along with that of Graham Hancock. See what happened on their Set Science Free web site.

Remembering What Happened to TEDx West Hollywood

Other talks have received similar undeserved ill-treatement. Read about the takedown of TEDx West Hollywood on Craig Weiler's blog, as an example.