My complaint to @tedtalks about #TEDxVlcWomen
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- Today, Satuday November 1th, a TEDx event was carried out at Valencia: TEDx Valencia Women <http://tedxvalenciawomen.com/>
- I think that it was totally agains the spirit of TED.
- Not only it supported anti-scientific ideas that I think that are dangerous and promote ignorance and should not be supported by a TEDx event, but it also goes against some rules that apply to get a TEDx license, for example:
- "TEDx events may not be used to promote spiritual or religious beliefs, commercial products or political agendas."
- "Claims presented in our talks can stand up to scrutiny from the scientific community. TED is also not the right platform for talks with an inflammatory political or religious agenda"
- Among the topics covered by that event you can find non-scientific therapies, paganism, new age, religion and spirituality
- This is why I think that an event like this inflicts serious damage to TED brand in Spain. It was an error to grant a TEDx license to this event and should be revoked and would be a great mistake and very irresponsible if TED continues to support this kind of events.
- You can see English tweets about this event at https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TEDxVlcWomen%20lang%3Aen and check the damage this event has made to TED. If you want to recover some of the reputation you have lost today, I think that you need not only to revoke this TEDx license but also to clarify that you don't support this kind of events.
- Following, some proofs of the kind of talks that you can find at TEDx Valencia Women. Sorry that all of them are in Spanish.
- Their banner, announcing spirituality and alternative therapies: http://tedxvalenciawomen.com/files/2012/10/12-temas2.jpg
- Their program for families based in holistic and vastu shastra hinduism principles: http://tedxvalenciawomen.com/tedxvalenciawomenfamily/
- It includes "spaces built with sacred geometry" and was closed with prayers to Gaia.
- Here you can find other activities organized by this TEDx event, which include ayurveda, energy medicine, aromatherapy, magnet therapy, sacred geometry, yoga, tandava (hinduism), paganism:
- Here yoy can see the list of speakers: http://tedxvalenciawomen.com/category/ponentes-2012/
- Which include:
- - An expert in alternartive, "bio-energetic" and holistic therapies, aromatherapy and homeopathy: http://tedxvalenciawomen.com/2012/09/29/adoracion-ferreres/
- - Energy medicine, Bach flowers, rebirthing, reiki and other non-scientific therapies developed by herself: http://tedxvalenciawomen.com/2012/09/29/aura-kupper/
- - Holistic therapies, reiki, reconnective healing, zen, crystal healing: http://tedxvalenciawomen.com/2012/09/29/jose-rius/
- You can also check their Twitter timeline at https://twitter.com/TEDxVlcWomen
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