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Why DebateGraph?

Welcome to the ISPS-US maps on Debate Graph ( This is a new platform for facilitating communication about important topics of interest to ISPS-US members and many others. This interactive online service will allow us to delve deeper into the issues as different ideas, positions, citations, resources, and comments get added to the map where they remain in a visual form. This minimizes the need for repetition and makes it easier to move forward in developing a richer understanding of the complex issues before us. When ideas are presented on the map we will be able to see more clearly what the opposing positions are and what areas are yet to be addressed. While participation is not anonymous, the presentation of the ideas on the map reduces focus on any single individual, as we work together to co-create a body of knowledge where all of the ideas can be represented. New evidence or information can be added and responded to with ease.

Given that our members are spread out across the country, we have few ways to communicate with each other. Other than our annual meetings, our only other format for communication has been the Listserve, where members respond to each other's posts. I am hoping that we will now have a new way to share our knowledge and ideas, especially on complex matters regarding the role of trauma and biology in psychological distress, various models of understanding human suffering and its alleviation, the risks, benefits and ethics of various models of understanding and intervention.

The ISPS-US maps are currently moderated by Jessica Arenella and Paul Peacock

How to View the Maps

DebateGraph has many different ways of viewing the maps, each useful in its own way. To view the main map please use one of the following links. All these Views (and more) are also available from the Views menu at the top of the screen once the map is displayed:

Outline View: useful for faster navigation on laptops/desktops/tablets:

Page View: useful for phones (a single-column display with context-sensitive navigation at the foot of the page). A more web-page like experience:

Explorer Focus View: a good spatial focus view for laptops/desktops/tablets: