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DIALECTOR - building a dialectic assistant from scratch

Arthur Schopenhauer, the renowned 19th-century German philosopher, is often cited for his contributions to metaphysics and ethics. However, one of his lesser-known but equally fascinating works involves the art of controversy and debate. In his essay "The Art of Being Right," Schopenhauer outlines 38 strategic tactics designed to help one prevail in arguments and discussions, regardless of whether the truth is on their side. These strategies range from subtle techniques of distraction and misdirection to more overt methods of dispute and contradiction. An explanation of this background can be found here .  Source : generated with Midjourney At the inception of this experiment, my goal was to develop an assistant for discussions on contentious topics . I was curious to explore the integration of Schopenhauer's argumentative strategies with ChatGPT's capabilities to enhance responses in complex debates. Consider a scenario where I am countering a claim made by a softwar
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