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  • Change the mind of your "opponent"

    6 20.69%
  • Expose the ignorance or stupidity of others

    13 44.83%
  • Educate others

    15 51.72%
  • Self-Improvement

    19 65.52%
  • Audience approval

    3 10.34%
  • Other

    9 31.03%
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Thread: What are your aims in debate?

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    What are your aims in debate?

    What are your aims in debate? What do you seek to accomplish when you debate someone here or in real life? Why those aims and not others?

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    Re: What are your aims in debate?

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    What are your aims in debate? What do you seek to accomplish when you debate someone here or in real life? Why those aims and not others?
    Learn something.
    Challenge my own beliefs.
    Those are why I enjoy debating on here.

    The least important thing to me is to change the mind of another person.
    “Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.” John Maynard Keynes

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    Re: What are your aims in debate?

    Depends on the thread or topic.

    Sometimes I post to provide more information.
    Sometimes I provide a new insight (hopefully) or new information (hopefully) that might further somebody else's opinion (either in line with or contradictory to mine).
    Somtimes I post to entertain (hopefully).
    Sometimes I post because I agree/disagree and want to mention something that hasn't already been mentioned.

    I don't ever post with the intent to change an opinion. I may do that on rare occasion, but I don't expect to.
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    Re: What are your aims in debate?

    In arguing your points, you learn to make them stronger and you can scrutinize them for inconsistencies; in such a manner, through self-reflection, sure, you can become a more logical person and a better critical thinker.

    Educating others and changing their mind when you can is a good goal; often, exposing their ignorance of fact goes hand in hand with that.

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    Re: What are your aims in debate?

    all of the above + fun
    If you expect people to be rational, you aren't being rational.

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    Re: What are your aims in debate?

    sharing my thoughts on the issues we are discussing and trying to learn something from the others
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    Re: What are your aims in debate?

    Educate. Try to bring to the forefront the issues the MSM try hard to ignore/censor. Break thru the Imagery that the "Mighty Wurlitzer" works hard to craft and disseminate. Iconoclast, just like it says.

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    Re: What are your aims in debate?

    I love it when a pole actually has the right answer.

    By calling out ignorance and hypocrisy you can deflate the ego and momentum of the far-right and far-left.

    Obama is a moderate on economic issues and a conservative on foreign policy. Ignorant posters assume because I support him I'm a socialist/leftist--that's their lack of education and understanding of political terms.

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    Re: What are your aims in debate?

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    What are your aims in debate? What do you seek to accomplish when you debate someone here or in real life? Why those aims and not others?
    Learn more and engage is discussion.

    AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.

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    Re: What are your aims in debate?

    I enjoy challenging myself and my own skills, researching issues. The intellectual chess game that occasionally transpires is a great deal of fun. Being right or wrong is not a draw for me, it is the preparation and the "battle" itself.

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