Just Because TED Doesn’t Promote Pseudoscience Doesn’t Mean They’re Censoring Deepak Chopra

The TED talks you see online tend to be pretty awesome. But that’s partially because we only get to see a small fraction of all the talks given at TED and TEDx conferences. Most of the talks never appear online because the content is curated and filtered. Anyone who has seen TED talks knows that they’re about spreading interesting ideas and starting fascinating conversations, even if you strongly disagree with what’s being said. As content providers, the TED staff isn’t opposed to controversy — nothing generates better discussion than a controversial topic — but the staff is also aware that they can’t post talks that are based in bullshit.

A few months ago, a letter was sent out to the TEDx community informing them of the guidelines they should use when selecting speakers. Among them: Don’t invite people who use bad science or pseudoscience in their talks.

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A Humanist Memorial Service for the Victims of the Boston Bombings

Atheists were excluded from the “interfaith” service in Boston earlier this week but that doesn’t mean they had no reason to mourn.

Later today, the Humanist Community at Harvard will have a secular memorial service to pay respects to the four people who lost their lives as a result of the Boston bombings as well as the 170 who were wounded (including one of their own volunteers). Anyone, religious or not, is welcome to attend:

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Your Sunday Morning Sermon with Jerry DeWitt

I had the unenviable job of following this talk at the American Atheists convention a couple of weeks ago and I can tell you firsthand that, despite the fact that it was early on Easter morning, former pastor Jerry DeWitt had the audience cheering him on all the way through his sermon:

“Take the entire Bible, multiply it by a million, and it does not carry the weight of one single smile.”

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Troopers for Satan

The members of the Philosophy Club group at Emporia State University (Kansas) and the local Emporia Area Community of Humanists had their work cut out for them on Thursday when they sat at a table for Ask An Atheist Day:

Reader Austin shared with me his take on the day’s event as well as one memorable conversation:

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New Zealand Teacher Claims He Was Fired for Being an Atheist

Christopher Scott Roy, a former teacher at Tamaki College in Aukland, New Zealand, is claiming he was fired for being an atheist.

Roy, who left the public school in 2010, describes the school’s outlook as being one that “saw Christian/Mormon faith as a core responsibility to which he was indifferent and reluctant to accept or practice as a condition of his employment.”

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