Please agree to the rules of civil conversation
on the 8th of September, 2022
and has resolved to:
- 1 Try and reach a shared understanding rather than ‘win the argument’.
- 2 Clarify with others to make sure I genuinely understand their perspective.
- 3 Endeavor to avoid committing logical fallacies in support of my claims.
- 4 Attempt to account for my own biases and try to be intellectually humble.
- 5 Try to be reasonable, rational, and create coherent arguments.
- 6 Refrain from personal attacks, sarcasm, and mean-spiritedness.
- 7 Use the ‘Principle of Charity’ to see the merits of others’ points of view in the best light.
- 8 Remain genuinely receptive to changing my mind if presented with compelling arguments or evidence.
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About this project
Our world is becoming increasingly polarized, and it can often feel counterproductive to engage in conversation.
However, while conversations can drive us apart, they can also bring us closer together. By reframing our conversations as something we’re doing to reach a shared understanding, we have a much better chance of actually doing so.
We don’t always have to agree, but it’s important that we treat each other with respect and act in good faith.
You can use this website in a number of ways:
- If a conversation has become heated and personal, you can ask people to agree to TheRulesOfCivilConversation.org before commenting further
- When you’re posting something you think might result in controversy, you can ask people to agree to TheRulesOfCivilConversation.org before engaging
- Or you might want to talk with a family member or friend whose beliefs have diverged from your own, but you don’t want to harm your relationship
You can also agree and generate your own personalized shareable confirmation page via the homepage.
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