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Pax Salon
An open discussion group for people who want to meet regularly to engage in conversation.

One week we may discuss poetry, politics, watch a video or discuss various topics.
twincities  minneapolis  salon  discussion  dialogue  meetings 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Big-Tent Problems « Easily Distracted
So here’s one thing I was thinking about: what intellectual issues and questions by their nature require discussion between a very heterogenous group of disciplines and intellects for innovative solutions or some kind of forward motion to emerge?

Almost any problem or question could probably benefit from having more than one perspective or angle devoted to it, but for many academic questions or policy problems, the natural range of useful contributions ought to be fairly narrow....I’m focused here just on intellectual and applied problems where heterogeneity in methods, bodies of knowledge and perspective are a requirement for progress. A few examples, and I’d be glad to hear of more along these lines: SETI, artificial intelligence, economic development, education, cultural creation
dialogue  problem-solving  diversity  ideas  idea-generation 
june 2010 by tsuomela
Filtering Reality - The Atlantic (November 2009)
The knee-jerk answer would be to ban such reality filters, but a ban could be easily circumvented. The harder answer, but ultimately the correct one, would be to strengthen our society’s ability to tolerate diverse viewpoints—to encourage not muddy centrism, but a basic ability to hear out, and to see, fellow citizens with a measure of respect.
augmentation  reality  augmented-reality  internet  politics  civil-society  discourse  dialogue  future  scenario 
october 2009 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
BBC NEWS | UK | England | London | Party puts conversation on menu
A philosopher is celebrating his 76th birthday by inviting members of the public to a central London park to talk to strangers.
news  conversation  communication  philosophy  dialogue  strangers  discussion  party  fun 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Politics and persuasion, reason and religion, science and success, appearance and reality, belief and knowledge, ethics and egoism. Reason and Persuasion provides a new look at old issues through the lens of three classic dialogues by Plato: Euthyphro, Meno and Republic, Book I.
book  philosophy  about(Plato)  dialogue  reason  persuasion 
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
discussionworkshop - The Discussion Workshop
The Discussion Workshop Series is an online training program designed to develop discussion skills for the purpose of building democratically organized web communities.
online  dialogue  discussion  communication  community  facilitation  democracy 
may 2009 by tsuomela
ASCII by Jason Scott / Opinion Spectrum Collapse Disorder
"As the accessibility of a conversation increases, so too does the spectrum of opinion brought to that conversation, until the opinions range along such a wide spectrum that the conversation simply cannot move forward. It will continue to grow, but like a tumor it is useless and for all purposes dead. It will not better anyone involved in it. The conversation has collapsed from the width of the spectrum of opinion."
online  culture  discussion  dialogue  conversation  opinion  flame-war  disagreement  community 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Chris Corrigan » Blog Archive » Our experience of dialogue
I have noticed over the years that much public discourse is informed but what we see on television. Whether it is the cross-examination of the courtroom drama, or the witty one liners of sitcoms, or the over extended drama of soap operas, the way we talk to each other is heavily influenced by what is screened around us.

This clip is interesting: interviews with screenwriters who point out the function of dialogue in a television show. One of the high points of writing dialogue, it turns out, is that it will never be effective if people are actually seen talking to each other. So it’s no surprise that bringing these forms of conversation into the real world creates all sorts of dysfunctional social situations.

The only character you should be in real life is you.
dialogue  behavior  television  film  script  writing  psychology 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Philosophy, et cetera: Subjective Oughts
As I pointed out in 'Rational Objectivity', rational status is not perfectly transparent: we can be irrational without realising it. In particular, it's possible to believe that I rationally ought to φ [e.g. believe P] without this truly being so
philosophy  rationality  epistemology  objectivity  dialogue  subjectivity 
december 2008 by tsuomela
/Message: Arrington on Scoble, FriendFeed, And The Web Of Flow
The transition from a web-of-pages, where the principal source of critical information is found on static, unitary web pages, generally written by a single owner/author, and where comments are left on those pages by 'visitors', to the web-of-flow, where conversation has left the web-of-pages and moved into flow applications, like Twitter and Friendfeed. Robert has moved into this new context, more or less organically, and he now spends his time chatting instead of writing blog posts. Arrington is principally ranting against this transition to flow, making the case that Scoble to helping Friendfeed enormously without recompense, and losing all the traffic that he might have passing by a blog where he could make money selling ads, like Arrington does.
internet  culture  flow  content  web-of-pages  experience  phenomenology  dialogue  community 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Participation in the Networked Public Sphere — Crooked Timber
Public intellectuals interested in American politics have spent much of the last two decades agonizing over low participation and the poor state of public debate among Americans. Their arguments have been transformed by the advent of the Internet. Some – such as Yochai Benkler – have argued that the Internet offers the potential to transform participation and debate in America, by creating a ‘networked public sphere’ of civic argument and activity. Others – most prominently Cass Sunstein – have been more skeptical, claiming that new forms of debate on the Internet are liable to problems such as erroneous information cascades and balkanization of different groups into separate universes of discourse.
online  politics  culture  participation  networks  dialogue  public-space 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Future Search Network
An interactive planning process used world-wide in diverse cultures to achieve shared goals and fast action. Future search leads to cooperative planning that lasts for years.
conversation  community  future  dialogue  communication  open-space 
october 2008 by tsuomela
Chris Corrigan » Patterns for building community
In the opening chapters, Block takes inspiration from the likes of John McKnight, Robert Putnam, Christopher Alexander and others to crate some basic patterns for collective transformation. These are beautiful and quite in line with the work I do and the things we teach through the Art of Hosting.
ideals  conversation  dialogue  community  communication 
october 2008 by tsuomela
DFL Issue Forums
nvolve your local citizens in learning about and discussing vital issues, and then develop comprehensive grassroots resolutions for the 2010 caucuses.
minnesota  politics  dfl  activism  dialogue  discussion 
august 2008 by tsuomela
Easily Distracted » Blog Archive » Hey It’s Franklin
Again and again in Perlstein’s story, old-school practicioners of a certain kind of consensus politics, many of them Franklins of one kind or another, end up looking on dumbfounded as Nixon’s new style of politics rips them to pieces, with Adlai Stevenson being a sort of ur-victim, dazedly waiting for their opponents to be reasonable gentlemen interested in working out the great issues of the day. The position I’m carving out sometimes feels to me to be neo-Adlai, and just about as arguably deer-in-the-headlights, just as tweedy and pipe-smoking and impotently Franklin.
politics  history  moderation  discussion  dialogue 
august 2008 by tsuomela
Easily Distracted » Blog Archive » On the Rebound
In most online conversations I’ve been involved with, you eventually come to a point where the people interested in an evolving, exploratory dialogue, in learning something new about themselves and others, in thinking aloud, in working through things, find themselves worn out by a kind of rhetorical infection inflicted by bad faith participants who are just there to affirm what they already know and attack everything that doesn’t conform to that knowledge. (Or by the classic “energy creatures” whose only objective is to satisfy their narcissism.) I used to think that was a function of the size of the room, that in a bigger discursive space, richer possibilities would present themselves. Now I don’t know. Maybe it’s a product of the form itself, maybe it’s a sign of our times, and maybe it’s my own unfair expectations or my own character that’s the problem.
online  behavior  psychology  argument  culture  dialogue 
august 2008 by tsuomela
The Civic Caucus
The Civic Caucus is a Minnesota based organization offering a new model for public affairs dialog,
minnesota  politics  citizenship  civics  dialogue 
august 2008 by tsuomela
A blog about the practice of participatory events.
unconference  conference  event  facilitation  dialogue 
june 2008 by tsuomela
Heartland Inc. - Welcome to Heartland
Heartland convenes conversations, programs, trainings, and communities of engagement, dedicated to creating love in action for a world that works for all. Knowing that how we do is as important as what we do, we convene conversations and gatherings to pra
conversation  facilitation  import-delicious  dialogue 
may 2008 by tsuomela
contents @ the informal education homepage
Informal education index, good encyclopedia of key biographies and ideas.
education  dialogue  learning  philosophy  reference  autodidactic 
february 2006 by tsuomela
Conversations with History
Video interviews with international writers and commentators
history  dialogue  interview  video  television 
april 2005 by tsuomela

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