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Political Screaming Match
"Have an animated political discussion with a perfect stranger right now!
All conversations are anonymous and the other party will *not* receive your phone number (unless you give it to them over the phone)."
politics  debate  cell-phone 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Are Research Papers a Waste of Time? - Room for Debate -
"Is the research paper still justifiable as a means of grading a college student's performance?

Critics of the form say it is outdated because the Internet has made sources so readily accessible. In addition, argues an article published recently by the John William Pope Center for Higher Education, research papers promote deference to conventional opinions."
teaching  writing  college  composition  rhetoric  research  pedagogy  education  learning  debate 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Towards an Opt-Out Button in Left-Liberal Debates | Easily Distracted
"In terms of the debt ceiling issue in specific, I feel like this is sort of the Cuban Missile Crisis of my middle-aged life and you know what? At this point I almost just want them to get it over with and fire off the policy nukes. Just go ahead and wreck it all, because if we’ve come to the point where there’s a significant political faction with real social foundations that so thoroughly hates its fever-dream boogeyman vision of “government” that nothing else and no one else matters, we’re just going to be stuck right at a perpetual blockade line, a permanent schism. "
politics  argument  stalemate  america  debt  debate  medium-chill  good-enough 
july 2011 by tsuomela
AmericanScience: A Team Blog: The Science (Studies) Wars: Daston v. Jasanoff
" Very roughly: with the rise of anthropologically-inflected cultural history since the 1970s, the balance between structure and agency seems to have shifted from keywords related to the former (social, institutions, mentalités) to those related to the latter (individuals, agency, self-fashioning)."
historiography  history  sts  science  methods  debate 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Online debate community for logical, passionate people - CreateDebate
CreateDebate is a social tool that democratizes the decision-making process through online debate
online  tool  debate  discussion  argument  dialogue  social  community  web2.0  polls 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Rachel Maddow & The Mythical Rational Right
Tackles the repeated hope of liberals to find an "honest and rational" debating partner among the Republicans. Concludes that this won't happen anytime soon.
politics  republicans  right-wing  america  argument  rational  debate 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Criticisms of Lakoff’s Theory of Metaphor « Apperceptual
Lakoff’s theory of metaphor has been both highly praised and highly criticized. My own thinking about how the mind works has been greatly influenced by Lakoff’s books, yet I also agree with much of what his critics say. I would like to make a case here that his books are worth reading, although much of the criticism is correct.
metaphor  linguistics  language  philosophy  cognition  analogy  debate  review  about(GeorgeLakoff) 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Not-so-self-correcting science: the hard way, the easy way, and the easiest way : A Blog Around The Clock
Two cases of scientific disagreement: a lengthy argument (years) over publication of a letter in a journal and a quick online blog debate over a result of a chemistry experiment.
science  journals  publishing  open  change  future  methods  debate  sts 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Hullabaloo - A Field Guide to Political Creatures
Another taxonomy of American politics spurred by opposition to health-care reform: wonks, hacks, and zealots.
health-care  debate  health  politics  conservative  taxonomy  town-hall  protests  anger  emotion  psychology 
august 2009 by tsuomela
The Washington Monthly - WHAT ARE THEY SO MAD ABOUT?
A taxonomy of people opposed to health-care reform: the greedy, partisans, tin-foil hats, dupes, wonks.
health-care  debate  health  politics  conservative  taxonomy  town-hall  protests  anger  emotion 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Let's mark this moment in the health debate as it happens - James Fallows
But if there's a chance, it would obviously be better still to keep the current debate from ending up in the same intellectual/political swamp in which the previous one drowned. That is why I was so impressed by this Steven Pearlstein column two days ago in the Washington Post.
journalism  health-care  reform  debate  lying  media 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Orcinus - Are Republicans and their thugs killing off the Town Hall as a democratic forum?
When someone's entire purpose in coming out to a town-hall forum is to chant and shout and protest and disrupt, they aren't just expressing their opinions -- they are actively shutting down democracy.

And that, folks, is a classically fascist thing to do.
fascism  american  debate  health-care  town-hall  forum  politics 
august 2009 by tsuomela
The Grid of Disputation | Cosmic Variance | Discover Magazine
Grid of Disputation. It’s just a reminder that, when it comes to other people’s views on controversial issues, they should be classified within a two-dimensional parameter space, not just on a single line of “agree/disagree.” The other dimension is the all-important “sensible/crazy” axis.
argument  disagreement  debate  dialogue 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Unlearning 101: Study Carneades
I have what I call an iron prescription that helps me keep sane when I naturally drift toward preferring one ideology over another and that is: I say that I’m not entitled to have an opinion on this subject unless I can state the argument against my position better than the people who support it. I think only when I’ve reached that state am I qualified to speak
skepticism  philosophy  debate  dialogue  understanding 
june 2009 by tsuomela
Figgleton v. Ditchens « Easily Distracted
Reasonable summaries of a number of positions in the arguments over religion a la Dawkins, Hitchens, Eagleton and Fish.
religion  debate  atheism 
may 2009 by tsuomela

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