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Debatepedia is a wiki encyclopedia of debates, arguments, and supporting quotations. Its mission is to become "the Wikipedia of debates". It is a place where we can all work together as editors, via the same wiki technology driving Wikipedia, to frame the arguments in public debates that we all need to think through. These are debates in our neighborhoods, cities, states and provinces, nations, and in an increasingly interconnected world.
These are debates that we care deeply about because they matter to our lives, our neighbor's lives, and the lives of our children and the societies they inherit. Some of these debates are relevant to whether people live or die in wars or in our own societies. We need to take these debates seriously, and approach them with a fiercely critical eye. We need to fully weigh every pro and con within them, fully deliberate, take rational positions, and take action with conviction in our beliefs. Don't be complacent in your beliefs! Understand why you believe what you do and be ready to defend yourself. Debatepedia helps you do this. It helps you frame all the arguments and all the scholarly quotes in debates you care about in a simple pro/con "logic tree" structure so that you can fully deliberate, take a stand, take action, and defend yourself.

The problem is that this is currently far too difficult to do. Arguments, evidence, and quotes (important to our deliberations) are scattered across the web, newspapers, magazines, journals, and books. We, subsequently, cannot view this information in one place, where we can understand opposing arguments in one sitting, and deliberate through them toward a confident conclusion. Debatepedia solves this problem with the combination of a proven "logic tree" methodology and the wiki technology that allows masses of citizen-editors like you to collaborate on scale. Like with Wikipedia, our collective efforts will produce the greatest encyclopedia of debates and arguments the world has ever seen. Think of how "the Wikipedia of debate" would change the world and the way we think through the difficult challenges we face in the twenty first century. Join this community as an editor to help advance this mission, learn and fortify your beliefs, and help apply the lessons of Wikipedia to the realm of reason.

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