By James C Coyne in the Coyne Of The Realm Blog.
Carly Maryhew’s recent open letter to TEDxBristol concerning the failure of Esther Crawley’s recent talk to adhere to TEDx’s explicit content guidelines is a gem, well worth a read by a general audience.
At one level, her letter is a contribution to the ongoing debate about just how infrequently TEDx talks live up to the claim of “Only good science.” We need to amplify and broaden this conversation because the noble concept of a TEDx talks desperately needs rescuing from what TEDx talks have become.
At another level, the letter is a searing indictment of Esther Crawley’s”Disrupting Your View of ME” talk with blow-by-blow pitting of what Crawley said versus the explicit TEDx guidelines. That Carly Maryhew was a practicing lawyer before she became ill with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome is apparent.
I had to ask Carly, though, where did the great flashes of activist citizen scientist apparent in the letter come from ? After all, this would be an excellent conference presentation about pseudoscience and politics being passed to consumers as science. Carly’s reply something that I commonly hear from the new wave of patient actors/citizen scientist:
To read the letter, click on the link below: