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IXY

Questions will most often take the format: “Is X Y?” or “Does X do Y?”

Examples might be: “Is a trade war beneficial to the US?”, “Is Serena Williams the greatest female tennis player of all time?”, “Does God exist?”

If in doubt, always frame your question as an IXY Question.

Identifying Questions

Questions are topics of belief about which there is significant disagreement. The identifying feature of a Question is the existence of multiple Proponents debating their opinions on the Question with each other. Questions may be broadly or narrowly defined as long as there is clear conflict between specific Positions on the Issue put forward publicly by different Proponents.

When framing Questions, a gauge of relevance and importance is the Word Test: does a specific word crop up frequently in the arguments made by several Proponents? If, for example, most proponents on all sides of the Question use the term “legal” (“X is legal” or “X is not legal”) in their arguments, then framing the original Question as “Is X legal?” may have more relevance and importance than framing it, say, as “Is X justifiable? or “Is X moral?”

Identifying Positions

For all IXY questions, there will be 4 standard position responses.

Each Position should be worded as a single-clause declarative sentence, e.g.: “Yes, the Trade War is beneficial to the US”; “We cannot know if God exists”; “No, Serena Williams is not the greatest female tennis player of all time”


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