Here Dr. Dossey speaks on telepathy in twins, precognition in medicine and the hard problem of consciousness in science. Originally conceived under a TEDx West Hollywood license, as inspiration to change our fundamental value system, after TED shut down the event, a daylong program was presented under the auspice of Suzanne Taylor's Mighty Companions non-profit foundation.
This is the statement issued by Dr. Dossey after TED raised eyebrows about his science legitimacy:
I can add my name to those of Rupert Sheldrake and Graham Hancock as speakers who find themselves in TEDx's crosshairs.
I was scheduled to speak at the West Hollywood event. But my scientific credibility was questioned by TED's science advisory board in their decision to withdraw support and revoke the license of TEDxWestHollywood.
I've lectured at dozens of top-tier medical schools and hospitals all over the U.S. for two decades. Although my colleagues don't always agree with my points of view, this is the first time my scientific credibility has ever been questioned.
My TEDx talk would have dealt with the correlations between spirituality, health, and longevity, for which there is immense evidence; and recent experimental findings that point toward a nonlocal view of consciousness for which, again, there is strong and abundant support. In view of our lack of understanding of the origins and destiny of consciousness, and considering the demographics of the TEDx followers, I thought this information would have been of considerable interest.
As a board-certified physician of internal medicine, former chief of staff of a major hospital, author of twelve books and scores of papers on these subjects published in peer-reviewed journals, a recipient of many awards, a frequent lecturer at medical schools and hospitals, and executive editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, I'd be interested in knowing from TED where I came up short.
"A clash of doctrines is not a disaster, it is an opportunity," Whitehead said. It should not be a reason for censorship.