Banned TED Talk: Graham Hancock – The War on Consciousness

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graham-hancockYet 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.

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  1. Marv

    Why stop with drugs that affect consciousness. Why not experiment with surgical procedures that affect the brain as well?

  2. I found this video on another Youtube channel and was so moved by his speech and presentation. I’ve always loved Graham and have been following his work closely since 2000. He has made quite the personal journey from rogue journalistic explorer looking for evidence of a antediluvian civilization to a champion of Ayahuasca and altered states for the good of the planet. What moved me the most was not just his empathy to the suffering of the rest of the world and his eloquent but extremely accurate description of how we’ve become a money-hungry disconnected society – it was the passion and timbre of his voice. I could feel how deeply held these notions are for him and it made me love him that much more.
    I’m not exactly sure that our society is ready for such a change as he’s suggesting but we could start with baby steps. It’s people like Graham that we need in positions in our gov’t. Not the stiff-shirted businessmen with price tags around their necks who are charged with making decisions on our behalf. How can we change things?

  3. Mikey

    Speak for yourself. I believe your viewpoint is common and one that would benefit most from an expanded consciousness.

  4. Todd

    I have ingested many substances, and it has opened my mind quite a bit.
    According to the dead sea scrolls, Jesus was part of a mushroom eating cult.
    Truth is stranger than fiction!

  5. Phyl

    We know that during this new year, much will fall into place for those of you serious about your spiritual journey. Many new portals have opened and a great deal of higher resonating energy frequencies are pouring on to Gaia and her people resulting first in chaos, and then change. You are feeling these new energies in your physical, emotional, and mental bodies. Allow the process dear ones, allow the process.

    We are the Arcturian Group. 1/5/14

  6. Humanity is not ready to use drugs on current level of consciousness. There is great stratification among consciousnesses. Stupid people should not use drugs by no means. It is the privilegue of high level individuals – only with the aim to integrate the expirience of some period of life.

  7. easyzenburger

    Any one who says “drugs do nothing more than cloud the brain/mind” is making a broad overgeneralizing statement which can be refuted with modern medicine. Recent psychedelic research corroborates the fact that certain serotonergic hallucinogens have neuroprotective effects. Properly guided experiences can produce observable, positive personality changes for months and even years afterward, and this is coming from the world’s leading biomedical experts at John Hopkins and other research universities. I find it hard to believe that the man who sent tens of thousands of young Americans to die in Vietnam and Cambodia made these drugs illegal because of his raw compassion and concern for humanity. Additionally, if one’s concern for the legality of drugs is based on their reduction of decision making skills, there is absolutely no reason alcohol use should be tolerated.

  8. I think the point its true we need a new Consciousness, but i think psychedelics, are not the answer, its just another escape from reality since our cultures are mostly hedonism, there are no point in doing that, since our minds are fed with materialistic points of view, and not from an internal point of view, so if psychedelics are use they were only be use for entertainment issues, thou loosing the point of the argument

  9. Psychotropic and psychedelic drugs often deteriorate your logical decision-making abilities making you a danger to other people. They are NOT illegal because the big, bad state doesn’t want you to experience some sort of mental freedom or realise your inner potential to save the world, they are illegal because they make you behave irrationally and dangerously.

    • easyzenburger

      Where’s your evidence for this?? If you look at crime statistics, it is beyond rare to find cases of violent offenses being carried out by individuals under the influence of psychedelics. It is beyond glaringly obvious on the other hand, that modern society condones the consumption of alcohol and other toxic drugs which are inextricably linked to crime and an increased propensity toward violent behavior. The big bad state does not care about people hurting themselves, they care about a cultural narrative that was started with the first European colonists on this continent that hallucinogens are the work of Satan and cause moral bankruptcy. If this were not true, the state would not have been using psychedelics themselves as experimental mind control agents.

    • bandit

      Irrational like Bush saying Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and creating a war that has destabilized a country indefinitely? Are the US presidents and the rest of the world leaders all taking such dangerous substances or are they just plain nuts to begin with? The truth of the matter is inherent in how it behaves and science can now tell you that a single atom van appear in two places simultaneously and this defies what you call logic and seem to believe it is a perfected state of being. Rationalization is the greatest enemy of any intuitive thought or feeling and you are living proof of the walking dead. Two trees in the garden of Eden, one called life and the other knowledge, choose wisely in what you believe, because it is going to be incorrect. Knowing is all it takes. Are you ever going to be experienced?

  10. Anil

    What he says sounds good but where is the proof that post usage experience is factual or just another concoction by the brain???

    Jyoti…fred ..way to go , yes ,yoga , meditation..letting go in the present will get us to the truth …not mind altering drugs.

    Looks like we need to persuade him to sign up for an Art of Living course , did anyone see how excited and out of breath he was on some instances…pure sign of a man who has little control over the mind body and soul…

    • n8

      You sound like a shill.

    • It sounded more to me that he was very emotional about this and was nervous. I think that’s perfectly understandable given the topic and sensitive nature of what he’s arguing for.

    • Ad

      Of course the experience will be a concoction by the brain.. that is what we are looking for. A new idea, a new way of thinking.

  11. Zach

    Very interesting. Graham’s nonscientific message obviously doesn’t fit into the materialistic rationalism of TED culture. But it isn’t bad. It’s a different type of message.

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