Proposed debate summaries

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This is a list of proposed questions around which debate summaries will be build. If interested in playing one of the roles, add your name. See how to construct a debate summary for guidelines, and see especially the section titled how a debate summary is constructed. Add * after your name if you are not interested in playing the role of "lead summarist."


Does God exist?

Available to moderate: Larry Sanger
Affirmative ("The God of the monotheistic religions exists"):
Negative ("The God of the monotheistic religions does not exist"): Larry Sanger*

Discussion

This is actually a question I honestly have no strong feelings about, and so could (consistently with my proposed rules) take the affirmative position (and, having taught the material many times, with gusto!), if no one else is available. I didn't put my name down on the affirmative side simply because I didn't want to give you the idea that one could propose to take both sides, which (the rules now say) you can't. Also, perhaps we should consider the "agnostic" side; but I would be inclined to make that a separate debate summary, about the question: "Is the existence of God knowable?" --Larry Sanger 21:32, 9 August 2006 (PDT)
Larry, I suggest you shall be moderator only. There will be somebody available. Lets play clean from the beginning! --Math 22:37, 9 August 2006 (PDT)
Your remarks here


Is knowledge possible?

Available to moderate: Larry Sanger
Affirmative ("We have some declarative knowledge" or should it be the easier modal version? "Declarative knowledge is possible"): Larry Sanger
Negative ("Declarative knowledge is impossible"): Howard


Discussion

Your remarks here
What fun. Could the moderator (or someone) define "declarative knowledge" for me? Or better, point to the outline and add some alternative definitions from the literature. (Use pointers, if it is in text that is not open source.) I don't think there is a definition that a basic scientists could accept, but I'm listening! Howard


Is free will compatible with determinism?

Available to moderate:
Affirmative (This is the compatibilist view) --Math 22:43, 9 August 2006 (PDT)
Negative

Discussion

Your remarks here

Is the strong program of artificial intelligence possible?

Available to moderate:
Affirmative --Math 22:42, 9 August 2006 (PDT)
Negative

Discussion

Your remarks here


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