I'm looking to build a list of reasons to agree or disagree... This is all I have so far: Please help!

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Images as Reasons to Agree and disagree

We should tag images as reasons to agree or disagree with conclusions ...

We should keep track of the best images that are used to make a point. A common expression is that, “Images can say a thousand words.” This is because a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image. These images take many different forms, such as political cartoons, and even graphics such as charts, and bar graphs.

If we want to have a discussion forum that addresses the reasons that people come to different conclusions, and improves this process we are going to have to have a place for submitting reasons that agree and disagree with different conclusions.


... Than we should build a page for the conclusion, and put the images that are tagged as reasons to agree in one column and images that are tagged as reasons to disagree in another column.

Just having images that agree and disagree with a conclusion will improve the quality of our debate greatly. Many people see a graph that summarizes data from their side of an argument, or read a political cartoon that from a political cartoonist that they agree with, and they pat themselves on the back walking around thinking they have the truth. Kathryn Shultz gave a powerful TED conference talk about how we all assume the other guy is wrong. But we might think more deeply, have a little less arrogance, or even come to a different conclusion, if we were also presented with just as clever or insightful political cartoons, or graphs with data that supported the other side (Don't worry. I'm not talking to you. Your opinions are all correct. I'm talking to the OTHER people).

We are never going to even address the same problems, if people from one party all go to one outlet for their data, and the other party goes to another outlet. A method taught in dispute resolution is to force the two sides to come together to a neutral space, and sit together at a common table.

A powerful way to accomplish this is to tell both sides to come together, and try to brainstorm the best images for both sides. So we are working together, on fixing the problem, not just preaching to our own choirs.

So our forums will have the top images that support and oppose a conclusion on the same page.

... Than we should try to promote the best images that agree or disagree with a conclusion to the top of their lists.

We shouldn't tell people their images are so bad that we are going to delete the content they send it (unless it is off topic, or inappropriate), but if our webpage is going to be useful, we need to promote the good stuff to the top of the list, and demote the bad stuff to the bottom of the lists.

I believe the best way to do this is to make a webpage for each image and conclusion relationship, and allow people to submit reasons to agree or disagree that the image does a good job of supporting the conclusion. As explained in other parts of this page we will use the ratio of reasons to agree to reasons to disagree, as well as up-votes, and other factors to determine an image to conclusion score. The images with the highest image to conclusion scores will move to the top of their lists.

... Than we should use the ratio of reasons to agree vs reasons to disagree, and other factors as additional points to support or oppose the overall conclusion

How Would it Work?

People will propose that an image be used as a reason to support or oppose a conclusion. Each image will get its own page, a quality rank, and a linkage quality rank. On its page, people will be able to submit reasons to agree or disagree with an image. Images that are used as reasons to support or oppose different conclusions, such as political cartoons, will have many reasons to agree and disagree the linkage. We will allow users to put these on the same page, in separate columns, and organize them with the best ones at the top of the page.

Many factors will be used to rank each image. One factor that will affect the score for a reason, is the number and score of reasons to agree or disagree with them. Did you catch that? Each reason will have reasons to agree and disagree with them, just like in normal life. Because each argument, in real life is its own conclusion. For instance each reason to agree or disagree that someone is a good president will have many reasons to agree or disagree with them, and so on.

Of course we will also allow users to rate arguments. But more than just a thumbs up or a thumbs down we will allow users to evaluate specific aspects of an arguments: is an argument fair, accurate, does it exhibit any of the specific logical fallacies such as a straw man argument?

All these factors will result in a score for each argument. However arguments are used to support or oppose many specific conclusions. For instance the belief that it was wrong for Germany to invade Poland, can be used to support different arguments, with different levels of validity.

Each reasons to agree or disagree submittal would include the belief that it supports or opposes a specific conclusion. You would click on a link to argue in support or opposition to each relationship.

On this website most of my reasons will be submitted to support non controversial topics surrounding family life.

Visit one of my other pages to see how videos can be used to support or oppose different conclusions.

This is the best equation I can come up with for adding points to a belief based on the number of and the quality of images that are suggested as a reason to support or disagree with a conclusion.

I would love your feedback!

Below is an explanation of each term.

  • IAn/IDn = Images that have been said to support or oppose the given conclusion
  • IS = Books Score. Books scores can take into account number of books that are sold, as well as the score given from book reviewers, etc
  • Ln = Book link score. You can have a good book, that doesn’t actually support the proposed belief. Each argument that a book supports a belief, becomes its own argument that that its own book “linkage score” that is given points according to the above formula

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