Ideas Before Truth

Andrew Sullivan —  Oct 22 2012 @ 3:00pm

TED recently pulled a talk because it was scientifically invalid. Alan Jacobs criticizes TED more generally:

Like everyone else who has seen them, I’ve enjoyed a number of TED talks — but as entertainment more than as actual instruction. I don’t know how you couldn’t enjoy Sir Ken Robinson’s well-known talk on schools and creativity, but if you try to unpack his assertions there and figure out whether they’re true, you don’t have much to go on. And TED’s rules of attendance are meant to insure nothing more than passive listening: the last thing they want is someone googling a dubious claim in the midst of a talk, or tweeting skepticism.