Yet another TED talk banned by the TED community due to the challenge it poses to mainstream science. The talk was done at a TEDx conference and aired on the TEDx YouTube channel for a period of time before it was removed due to its content.
After personally listening to this talk it is quite clear why it was censored. It isn’t that it explores faulty information or even offensive topics, it is simply that it explores a topic that is greatly feared by mainstream medicine and science. Graham brings light to the war on consciousness that exists in our modern society, especially in the western world. He makes the argument that modern society does not allow us to truly explore our consciousness by making various psychedelic drugs illegal while we are instead fed pharmaceutical drugs that have negative effects on health. He points out the fact that this does not allow us to have true freedom and that exploring our consciousness may very well be a crucial step in changes we must make on the planet if we are to find a way to survive as a species.
In my opinion Graham makes some strong points about psychedelics and I agree with him that we should all have the right to explore them as we choose. The fact that our governing bodies have the authority to tell us which substances are legal and which are not is quite dangerous. Especially given that those that are legal are a heck of a lot more life threatening that those which are illegal. It seems clear that the greatest fear here is if we were to wake up and realize that we are more than just a brain in a body. If we knew we were conscious souls, our world would certainly be a different place. With recent areas of research in what you can call “new science,” modern science is gripping for dear life to maintain its ‘everything is unconscious matter’ belief.