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natoast
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1/26/2013 11:32:14 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
One of the great things about this site is that most of the users are intelligent, and I can learn things here. There are a few controversial topics that I would like to learn more about, so I can form a solid position. Like:

- abortion
- gay marriage
- gun rights

When two people debate these directly, it usually seems to end up as a pissing battle with insults and absolutely no progress. So I would need two people for one of the subjects, one for pro one for con. first, each person would explain their position, not refuting each other, just laying down their opinion. Then I would ask a question of each of them, and they would respond. Then I would explain how I interpret, for example, the pro position, and con would respond to my interpretation instead of pros actual argument, and then we could repeat the process until satisfied. I think this might make the debate more civil, and It'll help me learn about it. Anybody interested? It would take place in the forums.
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1/26/2013 12:57:57 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
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1/26/2013 3:23:09 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 1/26/2013 11:32:14 AM, natoast wrote:
One of the great things about this site is that most of the users are intelligent, and I can learn things here. There are a few controversial topics that I would like to learn more about, so I can form a solid position. Like:

- abortion
- gay marriage
- gun rights

When two people debate these directly, it usually seems to end up as a pissing battle with insults and absolutely no progress. So I would need two people for one of the subjects, one for pro one for con. first, each person would explain their position, not refuting each other, just laying down their opinion. Then I would ask a question of each of them, and they would respond. Then I would explain how I interpret, for example, the pro position, and con would respond to my interpretation instead of pros actual argument, and then we could repeat the process until satisfied. I think this might make the debate more civil, and It'll help me learn about it. Anybody interested? It would take place in the forums.

It would never work, people would jump in and completely derail the whole thing before it even got started.
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1/26/2013 3:58:51 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
It would require a forum for ultra-moderated discussions (which personally I'd be for), but they do not exist, unfortunately. Or it requires an extreme amount of virtue on behalf of nearly every member on the site, which is possible.
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