Skip

109 posts tagged with debate.
Displaying 1 through 50 of 109. Subscribe:

Is There a Word for This? (Part ∞)

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]
posted by xenization on May 29, 2014 - 8 answers

Academic and professional schisms?

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]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jan 1, 2014 - 18 answers

What is the best Internet forum software for hosting debates?

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.
posted by Chasuk on Nov 27, 2013 - 2 answers

Looking for the Unified Modeling Language of philosophy and ideas

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]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Sep 13, 2013 - 11 answers

Solve a physics debate among friends?

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]
posted by TomMelee on Sep 5, 2013 - 12 answers

Intellectually stimulating videos

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.
posted by SollosQ on Jan 17, 2013 - 13 answers

How to fight fair over controversial topics?

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]
posted by EatMyHat on Jan 3, 2013 - 30 answers

Your argument is invalid!

Is there a name for this argument? [more inside]
posted by wwartorff on Dec 6, 2012 - 18 answers

Romney's best cheerleaders?

What's the most persuasive recent endorsement of Mitt Romney you've read? [more inside]
posted by mahorn on Oct 25, 2012 - 11 answers

Funniest debate live tweeters?

Who are the funniest people to follow on Twitter during the presidential debate? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Oct 22, 2012 - 17 answers

How to say no to Cultural Education?

Help me make arguments against cultural education programs in Korean schools. [more inside]
posted by nile_red on Oct 18, 2012 - 4 answers

Debates Delivered to your Door! Or something like that.

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]
posted by raihan_ on Oct 16, 2012 - 2 answers

2012 debate live commentary

Looking for live commentary on the 2012 presidential debate because I don't know much about politics. Suggestions?
posted by Strass on Oct 3, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me find a debate bar in NY

[NYC Filter]: Suggest me a bar to watch the presidential debate tonight! [more inside]
posted by Hurst on Oct 3, 2012 - 5 answers

Examples of verbal jujitsu?

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?
posted by shivohum on Sep 26, 2012 - 35 answers

Avoiding the "ergo"

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?
posted by Rory Marinich on Jun 6, 2012 - 13 answers

Vax vs Anti-vax

Please help me understand the infant vaccination/anti-vaccination debate. [more inside]
posted by tim_in_oz on Mar 18, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me find this guy!

Help me identify a participant in a long-form debate on religion, who rebuffed a strict atheist. [more inside]
posted by Drexen on Feb 21, 2012 - 9 answers

Why will China win the 21st century?

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]
posted by slappy_pinchbottom on Jan 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Ethical test-cases in literary form?

Recommend good short stories for starting moral or ethical debates! [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jan 26, 2012 - 29 answers

Debate past graduation

Are there ways to continue to do college-style competitive debate after college? [more inside]
posted by LSK on Jan 24, 2012 - 10 answers

Debate underway, video not working

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]
posted by John Cohen on Jan 16, 2012 - 2 answers

There ARE reasonable arguments against same-sex marriage, right?

I have to publicly argue against same sex marriage in a week. Help me make logically sound arguments. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2012 - 100 answers

Audio Podcast of GOP Debate?

Looking for an audio podcast (mp3) of this evening's Republican debate. I've found lots of video, but no audio.
posted by Bushmiller on Jan 7, 2012 - 3 answers

Where can I watch tonights GOP debate online?

Is there live internet streaming coverage of tonight's CNBC GOP debate? I can't seem to find the link. Thanks!
posted by emily37 on Nov 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Good political debate podcasts?

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]
posted by zardoz on Oct 31, 2011 - 7 answers

Creepy wind chime guy or good dad?

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]
posted by escher on Oct 21, 2011 - 72 answers

Justice For The Ninety-Six

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]
posted by Edogy on Oct 17, 2011 - 6 answers

How to debate people who don't share my rules?

How do I handle debating people who either ignore data-based arguments, or respond to them with anecdotes and opinions? [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Oct 13, 2011 - 41 answers

One of these can be the future.....

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.
posted by Funmonkey1 on Sep 24, 2011 - 3 answers

I'm not racist, some of my best friends are black

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]
posted by The Discredited Ape on Aug 14, 2011 - 34 answers

Tell me about Messageboard Games!

Please tell me about games which involve online messageboards/online forums! [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Apr 20, 2011 - 10 answers

An infinite debate?

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]
posted by slide on Mar 23, 2011 - 9 answers

Setting up a debating club at my university

I need advice on setting up a debating club at my university. [more inside]
posted by MighstAllCruckingFighty on Feb 13, 2011 - 6 answers

What should I read about Just War?

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!!
posted by zresearch on Nov 8, 2010 - 16 answers

Who was William Penn?

History Filter: Please explain William Penn to me in elementary terms. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Oct 7, 2010 - 10 answers

I want to drown in the dialogue of our time

Where do the über-smart people collaborate and hold dialogue online? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Aug 16, 2010 - 37 answers

CROSSFIRE!

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?
posted by furiousxgeorge on Aug 2, 2010 - 13 answers

How to be politically correct while still being political?

How do I politely back out of political/social commentary without appearing uninformed? [more inside]
posted by Miss Mitz on Jul 4, 2010 - 24 answers

Starting a Speech and Debate Club

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.
posted by Steve073190 on Jun 2, 2010 - 6 answers

An interesting political issue at some point in history?

Please tell me about a time/place in history that had some interesting political issue that was very divisive at the time. [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers on Apr 23, 2010 - 14 answers

DebateFilter: Arguments *for* the federal Real ID program

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]
posted by crookedgrin on Apr 21, 2010 - 10 answers

Che Guevara: Hero or Villain?

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
posted by bookman117 on Mar 24, 2010 - 6 answers

Respecfully agree to disagree

Can one truly respect an opinion that s/he disagrees with on a profound level? [more inside]
posted by war wrath of wraith on Mar 15, 2010 - 53 answers

if you're not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about

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)?
posted by radiosilents on Feb 18, 2010 - 66 answers

If it can ride in it, why not on it?

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]
posted by cloax on Dec 17, 2009 - 34 answers

Blue balls of the mind

Argumentative types: how do you avoid becoming this guy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2009 - 32 answers

Weasels are not all bad!

Will taking a logic class really help me in talking about things like socieconomic issues that are often emotionally charged? [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Nov 25, 2009 - 40 answers

How do you get someone to listen?

Why am I constantly be dismissed in conversation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2009 - 17 answers

How to not care what people think of me.

How do I not care what strangers think of me, especially on the internet? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2009 - 29 answers

Page: 1 2 3
Posts