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How open are you about debate?

Are you sensitive to having your ideas challenged?
Do you like to hear other perspectives?
Does it feel like arguing or comrade re when someone disagrees?
Does debate feel like an attack- or an act of respect (that someone would value you enough to bother)?

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silvereyes 8 Nov 19

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I used to be eager for debate, and when I was in college I would sometimes take a position I didn't even agree with just for the sake of argument. Today I don't care as much. I'll debate a little, but I think for most people debate isn't about exploring issues so much as trying to paint someone into a corner. I prefer simple discussion, though: tell me what you think, I'll share my views, I'll ask questions to better understand your perspective, and hopefully you'll ask followups as well, and we both come away with a better understanding of the other without feeling an adversarial need to convince each other.

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I love debate. It stretches me and promotes education and awareness.

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I voted other. It depends on the opposition.

If they're mostly honest I'll at least give it a go. If they're someone who tries to shrug off direct questions posed to them or are constantly moving the goalposts, I want nothing to do with them.
Ad Homs are a conversation killer too.

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None for me thanks. I'm just here to meet like-minded people, as we are in many ways.

We've had some "exchanges". I wouldn't call them debates. Then, we can accept each others' points of view and treat each other with respect.

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Debating is one of life’s little pleasures.

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Healthy debates are always welcomed.

Some people don't debate they just argue. iykwim

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A good debate gives me juice, forces me to sharpen my pencil, make me consider arguments I hadn't thought of before, and forces me to consider the truth and accuracy of my own opinions and beliefs.

So, bring it on. But if my opponent insists on using points that are illogical and flawed, and uses immature behaviour, I'll tell them to take a hike.

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How it is done is very important. Respect, Bro... and Sis!

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Debates is the best way to shine taughts and ideas

uzair Level 3 Nov 19, 2017
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I love discussions more than arguments

It's depends! On a discussion people also can disagree
But when people argue and realise they are wrong they starts believing in their on lies just to protect their own opinion.

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Debate is great. In this world of partisanship, great debates seem to have been lost in the lies, which is hardly surprising.

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I'll debate, but only so long as I can see debate coming from the other side - but nowadays, it usually turns into a preaching/ condemnation/ I'm right, you're wrong argument & at that point, I don't give a shit whether you agree with me or not .. you're an idiot & the debate is over.

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As an Atheist with a ThD (PhD) in Theology and Comparative Modern Religions I am pretty well open to debate at most times.

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If I am going to have a debate with a theist- it just proves I have nothing better to do with my time than to waste it.

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I like to respectfully debate with people on occasion. Not to say it can't get heated, not angry but impassioned, but if there is respect on each side, then there shouldn't be any hard feelings once it's over.

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I don't 'feel' like I know enough to debate anything. There are people that would destroy me by pulling up all sorts of resources and blah. I love a lively discussion though, metaphorically speaking.

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I’m fine with debate but think it’s largely a waste of time. These days I tend to simply turn my pretty head and walk away.

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Debate or stagnate.

No 'like' button. Thumbs up!

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I enjoy debating a topic. But, one cannot reason with irrationality. All one can do, in that case, is to point out the irrationality and ask how and why a person would engage in it?

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I want the truth, so i like debates. But debates end when someone begins name-calling and displaying pointed anger.

It is fascinating to learn how other people use their minds, but i am immediately turned off when someone decides that a word can only mean one thing, or that anything is certain and absolute as opposed to highly probable or commonplace (OR and this is huge, when a party doesn't read or listen to the whole statement of the other party and decides to twist their words), because at that point you're seeking validation, you're not discussing. Anger is sometimes a barrier to be negotiated, but if it arises and one party refuses to soften or doubt themselves and remains unmoving, again, they're looking for validation.

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Intelligent debate, one based on factual information and not beliefs, is always illuminating. And fun.

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I don't mind debate, but as the sayine goes, "People are entitled to their own opinions, but they re not entitled to (make up) their own facts. " There is way too much misinformation out in the world right now for debate to be a desirable to use my time. In order for debate to work both parties have to have a mostly agrread upon set of facts or a common belief about what is or is not true.

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I'm an open book but you might be offended by my answer so make sure you are before you ask.

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I prefer peace of mind

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I am conflict averse. I realize debate is not necessarily combative, but to a peacenik like myself, it can feel surprisingly so. Lively discussion where people exchange ideas and are open to revision of theirs can be pretty stimulating.

Zster Level 8 Nov 19, 2017
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