I want to learn about debating, paths forward and then eventually create my own rational debate policy.
What’s your goal? Why do you have that goal? How will you judge success and failure? What bigger picture goals or values are you pursuing? How is this relevant to CF?
My goal is to learn to be an advocate for rational debate policy. I got this idea from Elliot’s post about improving the world:
I have this goal because I think the world would be a better place if people were more open to debate.
I also think that I don’t know enough about debate or paths forward. I think it will be valuable to learn more about those topics before I continue learning other parts of CF. That way I’ll (hopefully) know how to deal with any future disagreements in a rational way. Right now, I don’t have any plan for how to deal with disagreements in a rational way.
I think creating my own debate policy would be a successful completion of this project. I could have future projects for updating/editing my debate policy.
What’s your plan? How big is the project? What resources do you expect it to require and what have you allocated for it? How confident are you about succeeding? What sort of errors or error rate do you expect and how will you deal with that? Got any error correction mechanisms? What are the risks of not finishing the project or failing and do you have any plan to address those risks?
My plan is to learn about some key topics in a series of mini-projects. For example:
-Learn about paths forward.
-Learn about debates and debate methodology
-Learn about impasses and impasse chains
Each mini-project will involve reading relevant articles written by Elliot. I will post any questions or feedback I have about each article. After reading all of the relevant articles I will write a summary of the key ideas in my own words.
Successfully writing a summary will be the completion criterion for each mini-project. Once I have completed the necessary mini-projects I will work on writing my rational debate policy.
I have allocated three hours per week to this project.
I think that my completed debate policy will contain some bad ideas and errors. I don’t have a lot of practical debate experience. I’m not sure what kinds of issues and problems are common in debates. Knowing those issues and problems in advance would probably be helpful for writing my policy.
I also don’t have a great method for detecting and correcting errors. I can read through my own work and check it for errors, but I won’t catch them all. That’s why I plan to post my learning activity here, so that other people can point out errors they notice.
Failing this project would mean I definitely couldn’t be an advocate for rational debate policy. And it would likely hamper my overall progress in learning CF. I think the biggest risk to the project’s completion would be losing my desire to make progress. I’m not sure how to plan for something like that. I don’t know why I would lose my desire to make progress.
What help are you asking from others? What value are you offering to others? Will you complete the project independently if no one else participates? Why are you sharing this with others? What sort of criticism do you want?
I would appreciate if others point out any errors they notice in my writing. Or unbounded feedback on my plan in general.
I will complete this project independently, even if no one else participates.
What’s the context? What’s your relevant background and track record? Why are you prioritizing this over alternative projects? Why are you doing it right now? What have you already done?
I’m prioritizing this project for two reasons.
-I think paths forward, rational debate, etc. will be valuable tools on my journey of learning CF.
-I would like to make the world a better place by advocating for rational debate methodology.