Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn
dachte

Last night, I had another one of those political discussions on Israel/Palestine, and as usual, the person I was speaking made some points that were good, some that didn't connect to me because I don't accept basic principles they're based on (eg ethnic homeland, etc), and some that were stupid (meaning that I can't see how they'd convince anyone who actually thinks about them, e.g. quibbling over whether the name 'Palestinians' is appropriate). This got me this morning to think about argument maps, as I've often argued that they're the best way to explore an argument, make it public, and not have it over and over again. I would like to make software to manage this, and have been thinking of variations on the theme. Argument maps without these adornments are philosophically better and more pure, I think, but imagine these variations:

  1. Establishing lines down the right side of the map (wavering left and right to fit the argument structure) that mark where each participant last contributed. This helps if there are a moderate number of contributors (less than 10) and some people are being a bit slow, or if a discussion is quiet for a long time and then someone new starts contributing again.
  2. If one or a few people go off exploring a line of reasoning that someone doesn't think is well-founded (e.g. 3 or 4 people accept ethnic homelands and want to discuss them, but someone does not), they can mark the node starting that discussion as being ill-founded in their opinion and when people click on node detail for any descendant nodes, they can see the categorical objection (and possibly reply to the specific instantiation or the objection as a while, in the appropriate places)

It turns out that the recruitment protest is on Monday, not today. Oh well.

I recently got some freebies from surplus -- two small hubs (one of which I'll keep for my group at work, the other of which goes home with me) and a wireless bridge (going home). Hurrah.

Subscribe

  • Still alive

    Been feeling a bit nostalgic. Not about to return to LiveJournal - their new ownership is unfortunate, but I wanted to briefly note what's been up…

  • Unplugging LJ

    It's about time I pulled the plug on the LJ version of my blog: 1) I'm much more active on G+ than I am with general blogging. I post many times a…

  • Mutual Trust

    I don't know which should be considered more remarkable: That a cat should trust a member of a far larger and stronger species that it can't…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments