I'm about to get the ball rolling on a new debate show that I'll be putting up on Youtube. The idea is that instead of just taking turns banging away at their own arguments for a few minutes at a time we want people to actually listen to one another and try find out what the real core of their disagreement is.
For example, if you disagree with someone about the effectiveness or appropriateness of welfare, you don't just disagree on welfare, it's a symptom of a larger disagreement. Maybe you disagree on poverty statistics, or have philosophical differences in terms of what people ought to be able to expect from their communities. That's what we're looking for here. Guests shouldn't be aiming to convince anyone of their positions, they should be aiming to illuminate their positions so an opportunity arises to examine the true difference in thought.
So if you're capable of having a polite conversation with someone you disagree with and can record video, shoot me an email at WhyNotDebates@gmail.com. We're also still coming up with topics, so if you can think of something somewhat controversial that you'd like to see addressed, post something here! Let's brainstorm!
We'll also be doing a podcast related to the same sort of ideas. So if you don't have a camera it's possible you could be a guest in a debate on that. Both will be on Youtube and the podcast will also be wherever it is that podcasts go.
Sorry if #askhubski isn't quite the right hashtag for this!