Are there debate clubs for adults? [more inside]
I will be moderating a political debate for a local election. I've never done this before. Any advice? I don't have any input into the structure of the debate. The questions will be pre-written (not by me) and there is no audience Q&A. But I'd appreciate tips on things like how to begin and wrap up, how to enforce time limits, and anything else I should be thinking about.
I noticed during a debate that someone seemed to be buying time to think on his feet by 1) repeatedly summarizing what he just said and 2) repeatedly previewing what he was about to say. It was simultaneously gimmicky and rather effective. Does doing this have a name? Is it taught? Or do people pick it up naturally?
Quick 'n dirty: is there a name (in either classical logic/reasoning OR a newly-coined term) for the belief that "if you hold a different opinion on a topic than I, it must be due to a deficiency in information/experience/intelligence on YOUR part" (in other words - "anyone sufficiently smart/experienced/informed, when presented with this issue, would inevitably draw the same conclusion as I"). E.g. "You're a [member of political party] NOW, but that's only because you haven't [something] yet!", or "Wow, you believe in [thing]... maybe you should DO SOME RESEARCH and see if you don't change your tune!"
Is there a word for the "argument" people use that someone has no right to criticize because s/he is unable to perform the action/make the object in question? [more inside]
The comment by Miko has informed me of a growing split in the architecture and urban planning fields. I love reading about and learning from professional and academic splits, and the internecine fights that result. Can you think of more? [more inside]
I'm looking for Internet forum software -- preferably at no cost -- that is suitable for hosting debates. I'd like something that is threaded, which allows strict moderation, and yet is fairly bare-bones. I don't want Slashdot or Reddit style voting (I don't need comment voting at all), and I don't really want the user to be able insert any HTML or crappy banners. Maybe administrator configurable emoticons, at the most. I want the message system itself to be easily searchable, and if anything has been written for enforced constructive debate, I'd be especially interested.
I'm looking for a way of diagramming the component parts of ideas and arguments, and their relationships to each other, formally and visually. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
My friends and I are having a nearly friendly debate about the effects of superhydrophobic coatings on various items, and we've decided to look here for more input. [more inside]
Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman had a discussion about economics back in October 2012 that ran for an hour and a half. What other intellectually stimulating videos exist out there? I just want to sit back and learn stuff, and so either a friendly discussion or a partisan debate (where the debaters are equally matched) could work.
How do you deal with someone who doesn't seem to fight fair? My mother and I often have intellectual discussions about politics, religion and ethical questions, where we often have different or even contradictory views to one another. They wind up as arguments despite my best intentions - please help me to do better! [more inside]
Is there a name for this argument? [more inside]
What's the most persuasive recent endorsement of Mitt Romney you've read? [more inside]
Who are the funniest people to follow on Twitter during the presidential debate? [more inside]
Help me make arguments against cultural education programs in Korean schools. [more inside]
While I've seen this older thread, it's also a bit long in the tooth. I'm wondering if there's a better way to record video (or audio) of tonight's Presidential Town Hall debate or download a copy of it? [more inside]
Looking for live commentary on the 2012 presidential debate because I don't know much about politics. Suggestions?
[NYC Filter]: Suggest me a bar to watch the presidential debate tonight! [more inside]
What are examples of situations--in politics or otherwise--when someone took a question or remark that would seem to corner or embarrass them and completely reframed it, turned the tables on their attacker, instantly reversed the crowd's sentiments?
I want to learn more about the basics of discourse and rhetoric – to understand more formally the nature of constructing arguments and interpreting them. But I'm not huge on the classics, so I feel like going directly to Aristotle would make me lose interest right away. That said, I totally love intricate or intellectual examinations of ideas, so it's not like I need a dumbed-down text, just one that's not quite so stuffily written. Can you recommend me a book that'll help me learn what I want to learn?
Please help me understand the infant vaccination/anti-vaccination debate. [more inside]
Help me identify a participant in a long-form debate on religion, who rebuffed a strict atheist. [more inside]
Suppose you had to defend the thesis that the 21st Century is going to be the Chinese Century, in the way that the 20th Century is often referred to as the American Century. What arguments would you muster to support that claim? [more inside]
Recommend good short stories for starting moral or ethical debates! [more inside]
Are there ways to continue to do college-style competitive debate after college? [more inside]
How can I watch the ongoing presidential debate live on the internet? I've tried the link at FoxNews (via the FoxNews homepage), but it isn't working. [more inside]
I have to publicly argue against same sex marriage in a week. Help me make logically sound arguments. [more inside]
Looking for an audio podcast (mp3) of this evening's Republican debate. I've found lots of video, but no audio.
Is there live internet streaming coverage of tonight's CNBC GOP debate? I can't seem to find the link. Thanks!
What are some good political debate podcasts? There are plenty of "preaching to the choir" types out there, both left and right, but I'm interested in topical debate with hosts and/or guests that are diametrically opposite, politically speaking. [more inside]
Help us settle this debate: Is it socially acceptable for me to go up to a neighbor's porch and jingle the wind chime? More evidence inside. [more inside]
I'm in the USA. How can I watch the House of Commons debate the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster which is scheduled to begin at 2PM EST, 1900 BST today? [more inside]
How do I handle debating people who either ignore data-based arguments, or respond to them with anecdotes and opinions? [more inside]
google logic failure: Where can I watch the Fox News / Google republican debate from yesterday. I don't want highlights, just to watch the whole thing. Any help appreciated.
This is a question about intelligently discrediting racist defences, with specific regard to the statement "I'm not racist, some of my best friends are black." [more inside]
Please tell me about games which involve online messageboards/online forums! [more inside]
Got into a debate with a friend regarding a math question - I think our debate reflects his misapplication of finite math reasoning to infinities, but I'm having trouble dredging up what I learned in set theory 10 years ago. Imagine you have a bag that has all of the real numbers from 0 to 2, let's say. What are the odds that if you reach into the bag you pull out a number between 0 and 1.5 ? 75%? 50%? Why? Depending on the answer to this I may have followup questions, but I'll leave it here for now. [more inside]
I need advice on setting up a debating club at my university. [more inside]
Do you have recommendations for good readings on Just War theory and debates? Any and all perspectives welcome, from Thomas Aquinas to modern day. Links to good summaries and reviews of leading works/thinkers very good too. This is for thesis writing, so especially looking for the academic or at least erudite. Thanks very much for any tips!!
History Filter: Please explain William Penn to me in elementary terms. [more inside]
Where do the über-smart people collaborate and hold dialogue online? [more inside]
What are the best places on the web to discuss politics that are well moderated to maintain courtesy, encourage debate to be logical and well supported, and have good rates of participation from both sides of the political spectrum?
How do I politely back out of political/social commentary without appearing uninformed? [more inside]
I'm starting a collegiate Speech and Debate Club during the last two years of my education. Everything on the policy/school government side of things seems to be panning out quite nicely, but I'm in dire need for literature. Specifically, I'm looking for one or two more book recommendations that will help me in developing the structure and defining rules for a Forensics type club. (Literature outlining the basic parameters for a typical S&D Club constitution would help too). I've gone through Robert's Rules, Competitive Debate: The Official Guide, and Pros & Cons: A Debaters Handbook. If you know of any other supplementary reads, please help me out. Thanks for your time.
Please tell me about a time/place in history that had some interesting political issue that was very divisive at the time. [more inside]
I'm participating in a public debate in a few weeks, the topic of which is, "Resolved: The Real ID Act should be repealed." Despite my personal views (which are pretty strongly liberal), I've been assigned to argue against the resolution, meaning I have to support the Real ID act. [more inside]
Hey, I'm interested in finding sites that discuss the positive and negative aspects of Che Guevara as a historical figure. They don't necessarily have to be ambivalent; editorials are definitely ok and might even be better since I'm interested more in the debate itself rather than specific historical facts. Examples might look like this or this
Can one truly respect an opinion that s/he disagrees with on a profound level? [more inside]
what is the best counter-argument to the "if you're not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about" line of thinking regarding surveillance (both covert and overt)?
While moving out of an apartment my humongous couch would not fit into the elevator. With the promise of 6 flights of tight stairwell looming, I posited the following: "We're on the 5th floor and have the service elevator to ourselves. Let's put it on the 4th, put the couch on top of it, take the elevator to the basement, and carry the couch out the front of the building on the first floor." [more inside]