Remember when Graham Hancock gave a TEDx talk that created controversy and conversation surrounding censorship and the consciousness community?
The talk, “The War on Consciousness,” was presented at the TEDx Whitechapel event in London in January, 2013. The talk was later posted to the TEDx YouTube channel and a month later TED deleted the talk (click here to watch). His talk spoke to the healing powers of ayahuasca and how from a personal experience, ayahuasca helped cure Hancock of his twenty year-long cannabis addiction. TED’s anonymous scientific advisors decided to remove the talk on dubious grounds, and for many people the episode tarnished TED’s reputation for being a platform for innovative, thought provoking ideas.
Before the talk was deleted, it had accumulated more than 132,000 views on the page. This act of censorship backfired and created a conversation surrounding the talk engaging both sides in conversation. Click here for further information.
Now three years later, Graham Hancock is again giving a TEDx talk. This time at TEDx Reading, on Saturday March 26, where the 2016 theme is “Evolving, one great idea at a time.” Hancock’s talk asks the question: Is the house of history built on foundations of sand? As the TEDx Reading site describes it:
Since 2007, compelling evidence has been published in leading scientific journals confirming that fragments of a disintegrating giant comet struck the earth around 12,800 years ago. The impacts set in motion a mysterious 1,200-year global deep freeze that caused worldwide extinctions of species. Established theories about the emergence of civilization cite the invention of agriculture and monumental architecture some 11,600 years ago—immediately after the freeze. In this controversial presentation, bestselling author Graham Hancock argues that archaeologists, by not accounting for the cataclysm, have gravely misinterpreted history. What the record attests to is not the sudden invention of technology, but a transfer of technology to hunter-gatherers from a more advanced civilization.
Will Graham Hancock again face censorship at the hands of TED directors? We’re all watching, waiting to find out.