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My New Book! Psi Wars: TED, Wikipedia and the Battle for the Internet


I’m not just a blogger anymore.  I’m officially an author.  My book is available on Amazon on both Kindle and in print.

In journalistic fashion, Craig Weiler relates what began as a seemingly harmless attempt to make sure that TED talk videos maintained a high standard and how this exploded into a wild scientific controversy. When the nonprofit company took down one of their YouTube videos by scientist Rupert Sheldrake, who had given a speech on the philosophy of science, they ignited a fierce discussion that eventually grew to include hundreds of people spanning the globe. For a while, ordinary folks, distinguished scientists, Internet trolls and even a Nobel Prize winning physicist all got together to hash out the greatest scientific controversy . . . ever.

Robert McLuhan, author of Randi’s Prize, has reviewed my book here.

Here is a sample of the reviews so far for this book:

This is a well written journalistic exposé of an Orwellian double-speak world that — unfortunately — is not a work of fiction.

It describes a world where the most widely accessed factual encyclopedia is actually a work of fantasy written by anonymous amateurs; where organizations that purport to support scientific inquiry in fact do the complete opposite; where a celebrated science prize is actually an impossible-to-win publicity stunt; and where an entertainment outlet with a mission for sharing ideas instead acts to censor them. And this is just the beginning.

Dean Radin

And

As one of the speakers originally invited to participate in the WestHollywoodTEDx event that was declared unworthy by TEDx’s mysterious scientific advisory board, I have closely followed Craig Weiler’s incisive writings on this subject. Craig gets it right from start to finish — well, not “finish,” because the controversy still rages. He understands the sociocultural and academic issues clearly and has the guts to say so in this excellent book. …

Larry Dossey

and

An excellent book. Clearly written, lively in style, informative and accurate. As one of the people at the centre of the controversies Craig Weiler describes, I know more than most people do about the events he writes about, and his is by far the best account of these recent battles for the internet. His title is not an exaggeration. . .

A. Skeptic

Here’s the link for the print version.  Createspace is part of Amazon and for some reason my royalties are a lot better if you buy it there.

https://www.createspace.com/4556589

Here’s the Kindle link:

http://www.amazon.com/PSI-Wars-Wikipedia-Battle-Internet-ebook/dp/B00H35ONA8/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

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15 comments on “My New Book! Psi Wars: TED, Wikipedia and the Battle for the Internet

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  2. Domus Tvus
    June 28, 2016

    The challenge for capitalism is that the things that breed trust also breed the environment for fraud. And Amazon happens to be the best example.

    Amazon maybe the ecommerce giant with wide-ranging investment interests but as far as its social responsibilities are concerned it appears too inconsiderate and

    insensitive. Amazon is not willing to comply with the legal directives issued by Virginia’s Corporation Commission Staff. According to which Dominion’s proposed power

    line to Haymarket is for a single customer – Amazon Data Center – and it is this customer who is liable to pay for the line extension, and that placing the 230 KV

    extension partially underground is the least damaging for the environment and for the residents who live within this area.

    Based on the evaluations of SCC Staff, Dominion Power was unable to justify the need for the project without the Customers request for service to the Haymarket

    Project. The Staff also emphasized on the fact that the line extension may be viewed as an extension of electrical service to a new customer, therefore, may be subject

    to cost allocations. According to SCC Staff report, Amazon may have to pay the excess cost, estimated at $115 million.

  3. Dominionpowertv
    June 28, 2016

    The challenge for capitalism is that the things that breed trust also breed the environment for fraud. And Amazon happens to be the best example.

    Amazon maybe the ecommerce giant with wide-ranging investment interests but as far as its social responsibilities are concerned it appears too inconsiderate and insensitive. Amazon is not willing to comply with the legal directives issued by Virginia’s Corporation Commission Staff. According to which Dominion’s proposed power line to Haymarket is for a single customer – Amazon Data Center – and it is this customer who is liable to pay for the line extension, and that placing the 230 KV extension partially underground is the least damaging for the environment and for the residents who live within this area.

    Based on the evaluations of SCC Staff, Dominion Power was unable to justify the need for the project without the Customers request for service to the Haymarket Project. The Staff also emphasized on the fact that the line extension may be viewed as an extension of electrical service to a new customer, therefore, may be subject to cost allocations. According to SCC Staff report, Amazon may have to pay the excess cost, estimated at $115 million.

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  6. Sage
    December 28, 2013

    Craig; This is a Great, great book…I will write a longer comment, and a review on Amazon.com, but I just wanted to alert you to one small mistake in the book (you’ve probably already heard about it) On page 157 you mention “the HAYMAKER riot of 1886” It’s HAYMARKET riot.

    • craigweiler
      December 28, 2013

      Oh Lord. Thank you. No, everyone has missed that one. It is so easy to miss small stuff even though several people have helped me along the way to take care of the annoying typos. I’m a great speller and proofreader, but going through the entire book and correcting it has proved to be quite the challenge. I’m very grateful for the help and it will go into my next revision.

  7. Lou Sander
    December 18, 2013

    I’ve been a sometime participant in Wikipedia’s Sheldrake material. I’m going to buy your book, and I’m wondering what it would take to get a signed copy. I could buy it and we could exchange it by mail, or whatever is possible. Also, wouldn’t it be cool if people could by the electronic version and have it somehow signed by the author? I’m a technical person who knows almost nothing about digital signatures, but I see that there would be some worthwhile coolness in being the first author to offer signings (somehow) of his electronically delivered books. Maybe you could have virtual book signings — the possibilities are endless.

    • craigweiler
      December 18, 2013

      Hi Lou,
      I’m going to email you to discuss this, but not right now. I think the best way to manage this is for me to buy a few copies of the book, which I have to do anyways, sign one for you give you a bill and drop it in the mail. You can pay by paypal or send me a check once we figure out the cost with shipping.

  8. c4chaos
    December 15, 2013

    just glad that I was there when this happened 🙂

    congratulations! keep it flowing.

    • craigweiler
      December 15, 2013

      Thank you 😀

  9. SuzanneTaylor
    December 13, 2013

    What a great contribution you’ve made, Craig. And, as producer for TEDxWestHollywood, that was caught in TED’s crosshairs, I attest to what Larry Dossey said, “Craig gets it right from start to finish — well, not “finish,” because the controversy still rages.“

    I’m looking to create a next chapter. Am communicating with TED to promote my program, delivered at my expense without their license, being seen, and to reopen the dialogue about materialism and psi and all the important things that were being discussed when TED ended all commentaries. In the meantime, readers can see a 4-minute sizzle real, a short compilation, the individual talks (Dossey among them), and the Livestream of our whole Ex TEDxWestHollywood program: http://tinyurl.com/oj8j8e4.

    For developments with TED and with the subjects that the TED controversy put front and center: TED vs Sheldrake, Hancock & TEDx West Hollywood http://www.facebook.com/ted.sheldrake.hancock.tedxweho?ref=br_tf

  10. Julie Marshall
    December 13, 2013

    Hi Craig

    I will put a request into our local library and see if we can get some roots planted for you in NZ.

    Jules

    • craigweiler
      December 13, 2013

      Woo Hoo!! Thank you.

      • PJ
        December 21, 2013

        Craig, I’m just finishing up reading your book now. It’s a great read and flowed so nicely from beginning to end. I followed the TED controversy fairly closely as it unfolded, but it was extremely interesting learning about all the tidbits I missed. It’s an important historical document. You’ve become a main figure of this shift taking place, that, it seems, very few people know or care about, but yet affects the entire future of our civilization. And that’s definitely not an overstatement. It’s pretty amazing to me. Anyway, thank you for your work and wisdom.

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