aMap‘s short for “argument map” and is designed to promote the art of arguing by mapping out complex arguments in a simple visual way across social media.
aMaps come both in printed and internet (widget) formats. The printed series of aMaps cover a mixture of weighty and not so weighty arguments including: Does God exist? Cat or dog? Is modern art rubbish? Beatles or Stones? Are children worth it?
The internet version allows people to create their own personalised interactive arguments so they can argue with friend (or foe) online. You can check out an example here – arguing about the future of Apple without Steve Jobs :
Theoretically aMap’s based around “informal logic” the kind of logic that people (unknowingly) use in everyday language.
Informal logic is based around a four tiered structure :
- Your position – what you think overall
- Propositions – reasons that support your position
- Arguments – supporting arguments that back up each of your propositions
- Evidence – supporting evidence to back up your arguments
I hope you find the aMap concept interesting.