About TruthMapping: An Introduction
TruthMapping Introductory Video (50 seconds)
Learn more about how TruthMapping solves the problems of digression, grandstanding, time commitment and substance/noise issues in order to create content rich material (3 minutes).
While knowledge of truth is never a given, TruthMapping can assist toward that worthy goal as it is a tool that provides an easy way to collect and organize ideas and it also provides a method to constructively test ideas that overcomes the limitations of standard message boards, e-mail and even conversation; it is a site for persons who believe that reasoning should be central to discussion.
The goals of TruthMapping are to enhance critical thinking skills and to promote constructive discourse.
All Discussion Has Context:
Traditional methods of discussion including e-mail, message boards and conversation involve back and forth interactions that necessarily lead one away from the original discussion. What typically remains are meandering sub-discussions and often the original points are forgotten entirely.
The TruthMapping.com solution is to make each point in a topic the context within which all discussions occur.
High Ratio of Content to Noise:
Discussions most often consist of two distinct phases that are treated the same within traditional methods. The first phase consists of the back and forth between participants where each is simply trying to understand what the other is attempting to express. The second phase is the actual "Aha!" moment or distillation of what the true disagreement is. While the back and forth phase is essential to get the "Aha!" moment it is only the true disagreement that is fundamental to the discussion. Since there is no distinction between these phases in traditional methods, the true content is buried amid a lot of noise which forces participants to attempt to remember all relevant parts of the discussion while ignoring the less relevant.
The TruthMapping.com solution is to reveal only the "Aha!" moments (the final drafts of each person's position) while all earlier revisions are automatically archived. Since each such critique/rebuttal conversation relates to a very distinct point within the topic this revision process leaves a very content rich view of a discussion as the discussion 'noise' is naturally hidden.
Because of the lack of context of standard methods of discussion, digression frequently occurs both unintentionally and intentionally. Unintentional digression is to be expected within time based methods. Intentional digression occurs often in response to a valid criticism of a position in an attempt to distract other participants from such information and to bury such information amid other contributions. Both forms of digression are fundamentally detrimental to correct understanding.
The TruthMapping.com solution is to break the topic down to its component parts where all critiques are always directed against a very specific point in the topic so that any attempt to digress is apparent to everyone.
No Time Commitment:
Because of the outward flow of information in traditional methods there is a distinct advantage in making as many contributions as possible because you know that when you stop contributing your adversary will be standing on the soapbox alone. This often intense time requirement can dissuade many persons who have great thoughts to share from participating.
TruthMapping.com allows a critic to make a single, highly visible, devastating critique that the defender of the topic can not hide regardless of how prolific they are.
Typical discussions often contain implicit assumptions that many people overlook.
The TruthMapping.com solution is to make all assumptions explicit.
While this web site is free for public use, the process employed is protected by U.S. patent #9058387.