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Reasons

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Reasons

 

Beliefs about Reason

 

  • “A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking .”
    • Steven Wright

     

     
  •  "It is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatsoever for supposing it is true".
    • Bertrand Russell
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      • "Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors."
        • Thomas H. Huxley
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          • "The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments".
            • Friedrich Nietzsche
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              Putting reasons to agree and disagree in separate columns allows me to do some cool things.

               

              Reasons to agree

              1. We should organize reason to agree and disagree with ideas into two separate columns.
              2. Putting reasons to agree and disagree in separate columns, could let you create a computer algorithm that gives points to the main idea, depending on things like the number of reasons to agree & disagree.
              3. Every issue should have it's own website with a comprehensive list of reasons to agree or disagree.
              4. Putting reasons to agree and disagree in separate columns allows me to put the best reasons at the top of each column
              5. Could allow me to perform a Google duel between all the items that agree and disagree, which could represent the overall strength of the idea.
              6. I could let people rate the reasons to agree or disagree, were the overall score of the reasons that agree contribute to the idea, and the overall score of the reasons that disagree take away from the score of the main idea.
              7. I could assign a score to each reason based on the number of reasons that agree with it. The overall score of the reasons in the "reasons to agree" category would contribute to the overall score of the main idea.
              8. This will allow us to talk to our ancestors, and include all the smart things that they said, about issues that we still face today. As we start thinking about this, we can see why a web site like the history channel may want to adopt it. What does Abraham Lincoln have to say about issues we are facing today?
              9. Like Abraham Lincoln said, it is not so important that we pray that God is on ourside, but that we are on God's side. The same thing about the truth. We shoudn't work to try to prove that the truth is on our side, but that we are on the truth's side. If we have a truth promoting forum, then it is safe to investigate both sides of an issue. We have nothing to fear from those who would disagree with us, as long as we are on the side of truth, and we have a format that alows for rational debate. Using lists of reasons to agree or disagree is a very good way of thouroughly investigating an issue, without letting either side hi-jack the discusion, by changing the topic, talking too long. Each side should bring their best arguments, and list them on a page. If we are not in a shouting mach, or competing for a limited amount of time, why not thoroughly investigate an idea? We don't need to silence the other side, we just need to prove that they are wrong.
              10. Usually, one point won't convince someone they are wrong. Everyone needs to feel that they got all of their reasons out on the table. We are not discounting people's beliefs, we are responding to them.
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              12.  No concept man forms is valid unless he integrates it without contradiction into the sum of his knowledge.
                • Ayn Rand
                • "Everything should be as simple as it is; but not simpler."
                  • Albert Einstein
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                    I think we should use the online debate format I explain below, to allow users to post reasons to agree and disagree with his beliefs.

                     

                    The current online discussion forums cause more conflict than they solve. There are many reasons that these online discussion forums are so frustrating. Internet forums that do not try and organize the different aspects of a debate are much like an argument where no one is in charge, and everyone can instantly change the subject. Sure the internet offers everyone a voice, but a voice without order is just noise.

                     

                    A car with multiple searing weals would not work. Thread type discussion forums that allow each new post to change the subject will never get anywhere.

                     

                    However we can allow everyone to “talk” at once if we allow users to organize their contributions. For instance if we give one page per issue, we could then allow users to interact with that issue by posting their comments within a column of reasons to agree or within the reasons to disagree column.

                     

                    This simple innovation of allowing people to tag the innovation of allowing people to tag their post as a reason to agree or disagree will revolutionize the way we debate, come to conclusions, and think.

                     

                    Allowing people to categorize their arguments as a reason to agree or disagree will allow us to compare the number of reasons to agree or disagree with a belief.

                     

                    Of course the quality of the reasons to agree or disagree with a belief is as important as the number of reasons to agree or disagree with that belief. There are many ways to evaluate or allow users to the quality of a reason to agree or disagree with an idea.

                     

                    Counting scheme’s can be devised to reflect the cumulative perceived validity of all the reasons to agree or disagree with an idea. For example each reason to agree or disagree could be assigned a value based on user feedback resulting in a numerical value for each reason, and therefore a total score for the reasons to agree vs. disagree.

                     

                    An additional and more elegant way to evaluate the validity of each reason to agree or disagree is to allow users to provide reasons to agree and disagree with them.

                     

                    This type of discussion forum will allow a significant leap forward by integrating statistical analysis techniques with debate forums. For instance confidence intervals can be assigned to each belief based on the number of reasons posted, the percent difference between reasons to agree vs. disagree, the amount of variance between.

                     

                    Using lists that try to get to the main point quickly, do not allow for advertising. And that is what is being done when someone uses a lot of words to describe their idea… they are advertising. But when you use lists of reasons to agree or disagree, the issue becomes clear. You see the complexity. People don't want to see that there are good reasons to agree or disagree with both sides. They want to stick with their prejudices and previous conclusions. They want to gloss over everything with a nice wordy paragraph that hides the shortcomings of their thinking with wordiness.

                     


                    The Need For This Site

                     

                    "Everything should be as simple as it is; but not simpler." ''- Albert Einstein

                     

                    I would like to create an internet revolution with presidential campaigns for the presidency. I'm sure a lot of you would too. Some people think that previous elections had effective online campaign for president. The fact that they were able to send millions of spam messages every day does not impress me. These people could have just went to his website and read his ideas. Thousands of Idiots are able to send out millions of Viagra advertisements every day, and we don't try and make presidents out of them. Substance is more important than just using a new technology.

                     

                    I don't know about you, but I am not impressed with our ability to all recycle the same old news stories. Aleister Crowley said, "To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worthwhile. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter". I'm not saying that what we are righting on our blogs is canned chatter, I'm just saying that the format of the blog does not lend itself well to improvement or organization.

                     

                    Contrary to the field of dreams, just because you build it, does not mean they will come.

                     

                    With the proper funding, this website could become much more than the typical discussion group, or blog. Click on the explanation to your right, to learn more. 


                     

                     

                     

                    Explaining this website one letter at a time

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                    Also See

                    Alphabetical Listing of Debate Reform Thesis Statements

                     

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