Volunteer to Maintain the Debates Page

by Luke Muehlhauser on November 19, 2011 in News

My atheism vs. theism debates page, the most comprehensive such page on the internet, remains one of the most popular pages on Common Sense Atheism. People still send me new debates to add all the time, and I keep them in a list. But my new role as Executive Director at Machine Intelligence Research Institute makes it difficult for me to find time to keep the page updated. Would someone like to volunteer to maintain it for me?

It would work like this: Once a month I send you a list of new debates to add (or corrections to make), complete with audio and video links and so on. You then add these to the HTML table in a Google doc we share, update the debate count, update the ‘most recent update’ section of the page, and let me know when you’re done. Then I upload the updated HTML code to the website.

The volunteer will get a name mention at the top of the page, along with a link to their website (if desired).

Past evidence of reliability on this kind of thing would be appreciated.

Please let me know if you’re interested to do this for me!

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Dan Wilkinson November 19, 2011 at 4:48 pm

I’m interested in doing this!

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Polymeron November 19, 2011 at 11:54 pm

It’s good that someone out there is doing this, but I have little interest – debate performance is a poor indicator of truth value, and in general watching a debate has a higher chance of convincing you something wrong than it does actually enlightening you – though I’ll admit they sometimes provide a good overview of the arguments, as well as provide the occasional entertainment value.

These days I steer clear of debates altogether.

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B pastoral November 20, 2011 at 9:50 am

I subscribe to a similar position. I evaluate all views against their error rates on logical consistency, formative strategies, carrier examples, etc against stated doctrine and predictions as well as implied premises. Debates furnish a lot of information on the content and meaning of these attributes but do not usually help in ascertaining the truth of the assertions covering them.

In most cases I just go for evaluating predictive statements, particularly empirically verifiable prophecies of events and behaviors of personas in this day and age. Debates are rarely concerned with these things unless they happen to be the topic (.ie., is that the Covenant Israel right there and if so what now?).

For that I go to the websites covering authoritative historians and knowlegeable and experienced polymaths

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Keith J. November 21, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Debates are a great first start to an overview on the positions. I understand Craig’s view a lot better only after hearing over a dozen of his debates.

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Stephen R. Diamond November 22, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Debates are a great first start to an overview on the positions.I understand Craig’s view a lot better only after hearing over a dozen of his debates.

An awfully inefficient way to obtain a first-start overview–more than a dozen debates.

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Bob November 22, 2011 at 10:01 pm

An awfully inefficient way to obtain a first-start overview–more than a dozen debates.

Can you please suggest a more efficient path? :) Thank you in advance. :)

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EvolutionSWAT December 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Can you please suggest a more efficient path? :)Thank you in advance. :)

Well I’m not against you watching his debates (especially if you enjoy them) but watching 6 debates could take 12 hours or more, and in that amount of time you could easily work through one of Craig’s books. He also repeats his arguments a lot in his debates, so for me it’s mostly about show.

But I’m biased, I do not like debates very much and only watch them from time to time for entertainment. I prefer unstructured conversations or presentations to debates. Just my preference.

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EvolutionSWAT December 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Luke, if you still need someone I could do this for you. I’m a web developer so I’d be comfortable with the html stuff.

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Luke Muehlhauser December 18, 2011 at 11:08 pm

EvolutionSWAT,

Thanks, I did find someone for this!

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