[Humanist] 26.192 automating debate

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Fri Jul 27 01:27:06 CEST 2012


                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 192.
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        Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 16:27:29 +1000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: automating debate

It would be good to have here any experiences members of Humanist have 
had with rbutr ("rebutter", http://rbutr.com/), which advertises itself 
thus:

> Critical Thinking and the Internet
>
> How do you decide what you do and do not believe on the internet?
> How do you know when the 'facts' being presented are actually facts and
> aren't just made up? Or when the eloquent arguments are brilliant logic
> rather than just clever trickery?
>
> rbutr provides us with a very simple method to improve our ability
> to critically analyse articles online; it takes us to another
> article which has already analysed it for us so that we can
> assess both articles in light of these contrasting views. With
> both opposing perspectives presented to us, we are much better
> positioned to make an informed assessment, rather than a singular
> assessment from one biased and persuasive perspective.

This would appear to be a form of crowd-sourcing.

Yours,
WM

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