Why do we need a new kind of social media platform?
Humankind is at risk of self-destruction. The climate disaster is the most apparent threat caused by humans, but not the only one.
Immediate action is needed to combat the climate disaster. However, this alone is not enough.
We have to ask, why is humankind so bent on self-destruction? – It is the crucial question of our time.
The essence of the era: humankind will either unite on the basis of self-knowledge – or destroy itself.
Today, every serious and responsible party, non-governmental organisation, scientific community and citizen has to critically reflect the basis of their thinking, to recreate their worldview.
The threat of humankind’s self-destruction shows that humans do not know themselves as a species.
Events of the last few decades have surprised the supporters of all ideologies in one way or the other: the rise and fall of socialism in the previous century, the financial crisis of 2008, the crisis of the EU since 2010, new threats towards the rule-based world order, etc. Humans have poor control over the development of their society.
Empirical sciences in prehistory have during recent decades made discoveries that are in fact revolutionary. These findings have overturned almost all of the earlier basic assumptions, such as the difference between human and animal, the origins of the human genus and the modern human, the causes of wars, and the formation of class societies – in essence, the underlying assumptions of human nature.
The growing threat of self-destruction of humankind calls for an entirely new way of organising the debate between supporters of different strands of thought. – How?
Our suggestion is the Human Path Debating Encyclopedia (DE). It is intended to be an organ of human self-awareness for all the people of the world, regardless of their worldview, nationality, ethnic background, religion etc.
Such a proposal could not have been made in any previous era, but in today’s world, this kind of a forum will inevitably arise.
The Debating Encyclopedia as an organisation does not have any political agenda and it does not take a stand on issues of opinion, except to defend freedom of opinion, the rule of law and an honest debate culture. (See also: Future Organisational Structure – Guidelines)
The DE format is based on the following two principles:
1. A panel of “impartial” experts cannot solve the crucial questions of our time. In debates concerning world views the attitude is decisive: self-righteousness, envy and desire to flatter can blind anybody. In this regard, a professor of social sciences and a man in the street are equals. It is the idea of representative democracy. It is the idea of the DE.
2. Objectivity will be strived for by publishing as many views as there are on each keyword/topic. Users are encouraged to express their views as distinctly and sharply as possible.
3. Users are allowed to keep the advertising revenue created through their personal pages. An honest debate culture must be rewarded materially. One must get “a fee” for truthfulness, sense of justice and solidarity.
These principles are discussed in their own forum and are updated annually, for example. Even if you disagree with the principles, you can take part in all discussions in the DE.
The central theme is the human path – a summary of the 2.5-million-year history of the human genus and its present and future prospects.
The Debating Encyclopedia is open for discussions on any topic related to, e.g., hobbies or other areas of interest. Still, each participant should take a position on the central theme, even if it’s only by sharing, reacting or commenting.
A more detailed division of the central theme into sub-themes is in itself an ideological statement that always reflects some view of the philosophy of science. It is impossible to do it in a way that satisfies everyone.
Therefore, users and user groups must be able to create their own category hierarchy (= theme map) on their personal pages within the service.
For an individual user or a user group, creating and continually improving the theme map is an essential part of studying when the purpose is to provide an overall view of the world or each topic under discussion. A theme map lets you split themes, to pick out the more important themes from the less important, and the most important from the important.
When different philosophical currents organise debates according to their own views, users can compare not only individual opinions but also different approaches and big pictures.
Such a solution does not at present exist in any current web publication or social media platform. As a result, no traditional social media platform (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Quora, Wikipedia) is capable of providing for a meaningful debate which is open to all currents of opinion on the crucial questions for humanity.