I’ve long promoted the notion of “disputation arenas” or ritualized combat for ideas, as one major way the Web could finally pay off in vital, grand scale ways, doing for the real world what markets do for products and services and science does for truth. In fact, for a rather intense look at how "truth" is determined in science, democracy, courts and markets, see my article from the American Bar Association's Journal on Dispute Resolution http://www.davidbrin.com/disputation.htmThis was a core concept in my “Eon Proposal” for several dozen ways to improve our problem solving skills in times of crisis. Now it appears that Google is taking a step toward bringing disputation to life “Versus…will give you the chance to question people who are close to the decisions being made on topical issues, on both sides of the debate. Real-time voting on the channel will also let the speakers know how their arguments are resonating with viewers.The first debate will focus on the topic of the War on Drugs and will feature the opinions of a wide variety of celebrities, politicians and tycoons...” http://www.davidbrin.com/eon.html
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