in one of the bravest public speeches i’ve witnessed in a long while, graham hancock admitted to a 24-years long illegal drug habit, and insisted that he had the right to do so as an adult person seeking to expand his ability to comprehend and interact with the world he inhabits.
at certain points in the talk, his voice trembles, as he is speaking about things which could very well cause him to be persecuted by the authorities, should they choose to do so.
the cowards at TED could not stand behind this speech and had it removed from their website. after all, mr. hancock was offering no feel-good solution to the many crisis in the world – not suggesting a new “green economy” consumer choice to the financially stable people of the world.
two other TED talks were also censored – see the full article: 3 TED Talks the Establishment Would Prefer You To Miss
the 18-minute video is worth watching just to see what ideas TED is attempting to protect their targeted audience – sheeple with money – from…
…but, first – some background;
Graham Hancock – The War on Consciousness
The works of author and explorer Graham Hancock regarding our ancient history, the nature of consciousness, Ayahuasca, and altered states of consciousness, offer an essential examination of our culture.
Recently, his captivating TED Talk, “The War on Consciousness,” a sober and intelligent argument for the liberation of the human mind, was deliberately removed from You Tube by TED curator Chris Anderson.
“Graham Hancock’s talk, again, shares a compelling and unorthodox worldview, but one that strays well beyond the realm of reasonable science. While attempting to critique the scientific worldview, he misrepresents what scientists actually think…” Chris Anderson, [TED]
After some debate between Hancock and Anderson, this presentation was not fully re-posted to TED’s site, but rather subjugated to a new, unseen basement corner on TED’s site, canceling it’s record of views and limiting it’s future visibility.
Live Leaks has a copy of the video on their website, if youtube ever deletes it.
Graham Hancock tells the story of his 24-year relationship with cannabis brought to an abrupt halt in 2011 after an encounter with ayahuasca, the sacred visionary brew of the Amazon. Along the way he explores the mystery of death, the problem of consciousness, and the implications for the human future of a society that wages total war on true cognitive liberty.
see also this article by hancock, from waking times:
It is unnecessary here to set down screeds of statistics, facts, and figures readily available from published sources to assert that, in terms of its own stated objectives, the “War on Drugs” has been an abject failure and a shameful and scandalous waste of public money. Indeed, it is well known, and not disputed, that the very societies that attempt most vigorously to suppress various drugs, and in which users are subject to the most stringent penalties, have seen a vast and continuous increase in the per capita consumption of these drugs. This is tacitly admitted by the vast armed bureaucracies set up to persecute drug users in our societies, which every year demand more and more public money to fund their suppressive activities; if the suppression were working, one would expect their budgets to go down, not up.
Meanwhile the social harms caused by the “War on Drugs” itself are manifest and everywhere evident. In the United States, for example, there have been more than 20 million arrests for the possession of the Schedule I drug marijuana since 1965 and 11 million since 1990. The pace of arrests is increasing year on year, bringing us to the astonishing situation where, today, a marijuana smoker is arrested every 38 seconds.1 The result, as Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, recently observed, is that marijuana arrests outnumber arrests for “all violent crimes combined,” meaning police are spending inordinate amounts of time chasing nonviolent criminals.2 And it goes without saying that those who are arrested for the use of marijuana and other illegal drugs do suffer immense harm as a result of the punishments inflicted on them—including, but not limited to, personal trauma, loss of freedom, loss of reputation, loss of employment prospects, and serious, long-lasting financial damage.
see the rest, from waking times
from archive.org’s wayback machine: