As part of my effort to encourage epistemic humility and learning from a wide variety of perspectives, I made a short catalogue of organizations that have similar goals in mind. This blog/podcast of mine is just a hobby, but these organizations have a lot more resources that they are putting towards similar goals.
While I am a conservative, this list does not include organizations that have an explicit ideological stance (i.e. "we are a [progressive | conservative | libertarian | centrist] publication") but instead ones whose intention is to provide access to a wide variety of voices. There are a lot of publications from across the ideological spectrum out there nowadays, but the ones in this list are actively promoting diverse points of view, believe in the power of persuasion and sound argumentation, and, in my opinion, seem to be doing a decent job of it.
I've grouped what I have so far in terms of a few different types of categories: aggregators, debate hosts, publications, and tools. I've also grouped them in terms of the medium: text, audio/video, and real life. Some of these organizations provide audio-video and real-life events as well as text-based ones; in that case, I've only included them once under the text-based category.
This list is somewhat subjective, and I hope that I have made my criteria for this little catalogue of mine clear so that you can decide whether these organizations are good ones to follow. And if you think I missed something, please let me know below! You can also comment on on the reddit comment that I used to crowdsource some of this. And thank you to all of the commenters on reddit who helped me make this list!
- Aggregators / Media Analysts
- RealClearPolitics -- lists a lot of articles each day from a wide variety of sources; oftentimes, you will see competing arguments listed one after the other, which is helpful. They do lean somewhat conservative on the whole, but they link to and publish their own commentary from more than just conservative writers.
- https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/ -- claims to be "the most comprehensive media bias resource." It certainly looks pretty detailed to me. My one criticism of it might be that it seems to define the "center" as being "the least biased." I prefer the motto from allsides.com, on the other hand:
- https://www.allsides.com/ -- "unbiased news does not exist." In addition to explicitly categorizing news sources based on their general bias, it also takes specific events in the news cycle and provides a selection of articles about them from across the political spectrum.
- https://ground.news/ -- "See bias anywhere on the web or social media." This site collates a large number of stories from across the Web and identifies the extent to which the left or right are covering different news events.
- https://www.theflipside.io/ -- a daily newsletter: "See both sides of important issues— in 5 minutes a day."
- Debate hosts
- pairagraph.com -- I have a special place in my heart for this site as its co-founders agreed to an interview with me on the first episode of my podcast which I just started. (Fair warning on that: the audio quality kind of stinks.) They host exchanges between notable individuals on a wide variety of topics. The format is A-B-A-B, with each piece being roughly 500 words.
- https://letter.wiki/ -- this is fairly similar to Pairagraph, though it is a little more open-ended, and it's slightly less like a debate and more like a conversation between notable individuals.
- Change My View: a very large subreddit where you can post what your view is and ask people to try to change it. As they put it, they ask you to "[e]nter with a mindset for conversation, not debate."
- The Motte: a small subreddit that host a regular thread where the point is to "argue to understand, not to win."
- Publications -- there are obviously a lot of these, but I am explicitly listing ones that seem to me to be intentionally providing a variety of perspectives.
- Persuasion: "A platform for publishing interesting ideas... a convener of pressing debates." Their leadership seemed to span the ideological spectrum to me, which is part of why I included them. Persuasion is explicitly in favor of a "free society," but I don't take that to be too narrow of an ideological stance. (I, too, am in favor a free society!)
- Unherd: "aims to do two things: to push back against the herd mentality with new and bold thinking, and to provide a platform for otherwise unheard ideas, people and places."
- Tools and tactics
- readacrosstheaisle.com -- helps you track the bias of sources you pay attention to
- Street Epistemology -- an applied philosophical toolkit for engaging with ideas
- A reddit user suggested this checklist from the Center for Applied Rationality; "they practice e.g. Double Crux, a strategy for resolving disagreement" -- source comment
- Kialo: "an easy to use, yet powerful tool to engage in thoughtful discussion, understand different points of view, and help with collaborative decision-making" -- source comment
Audio and video-based:
- Debate hosts
- Non-Zero Foundation -- hosts regular conversations between political and cultural figures. bloggingheads.tv and meaningoflife.tv are their two main products. My favorite line from them is that they host debates that are "sharp, yet civil."
- Intelligence Squared -- hosts debates as well as solo discussions on a variety of issues.
- Munk Debates -- a host of debates, sometimes in person, and sometimes in podcast form
- Debate hosts
- Purple Heart -- focuses on highlighting projects that focus on bridging political divides