View Poll Results: Do debates ever die?

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  • No. I believe what I believe no matter what because it is the right thing!

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  • No. Debates aren't entirely logical, so winning and losing are subjective

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  • Yes. But I've never lost a debate

    1 8.33%
  • Yes. And I have lost a debate.

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  • Yes. I have changed my position on a subject because of a debate.

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Thread: Do debates ever die?

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    Re: Do debates ever die?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    One thing I am noticing more and more about this forum is that nothing is ever resolved. People argue about various subjects, usually both sides will declare victory and nothing gets accomplished.

    Am I alone in this?
    I've noticed over the years that the players change, but the game is the same. Nothing is resolved - it just gets blamed on someone else later on down the road. Nothing is fixed, it just becomes more and more fubar.

    Same ****, different day.
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    Fool me twice....shame on me.

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    Re: Do debates ever die?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    One thing I am noticing more and more about this forum is that nothing is ever resolved. People argue about various subjects, usually both sides will declare victory and nothing gets accomplished.

    Am I alone in this?
    Since I joined this forum I've sharpened my ability to illustrate my thoughts, I've learned a great deal on a variety of topics, I've refined why I hold the positions that I do, and yes I've changed my position on a few things.

    Do debates ever end? For the individual they do, but like public school there's a constant inflow of newcomers, so the same subjects are gon over again and again.

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    Re: Do debates ever die?

    Some are already dead.People just argue about them still.
    The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.

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    Re: Do debates ever die?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikhail View Post
    Some are already dead. People just argue about them still.
    If someone is arguing about it, then it ain't dead. It may in your opinion be dead...but your opinion is just that - an opinion.
    Education.

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    Re: Do debates ever die?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    If someone is arguing about it, then it ain't dead. It may in your opinion be dead...but your opinion is just that - an opinion.
    That's just your opinion, though.

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    Re: Do debates ever die?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    That's just your opinion, though.


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    Re: Do debates ever die?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    My opinions on certain topics have changed a lot since I first came here. I've obtained a lot of different perspectives.
    Ditto.
    On a forum like this, you get to know a lot of people from different walks of life, and it can't help but broaden your perspective, if not change your mind.

    I think, best case scenario, people who join debate forums in the right spirit end up with a more worldly and less narrow perspective.
    Which can't be a bad thing to have.

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    Re: Do debates ever die?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    One thing I am noticing more and more about this forum is that nothing is ever resolved. People argue about various subjects, usually both sides will declare victory and nothing gets accomplished.

    Am I alone in this?
    For me, some areas remain constant, others have done a complete 180 since being here, and in some areas I've even done a complete 360, returning full circle to what I originally believed.

    It's been a good exercise in seeing what my core beliefs are. I do find though that a lot of people come here to get the one up on others and to feed their ego trips. I can sometimes get trapped in the ego debates but for the most part I just come here to learn. Those that come here just to piss others off will never grow.

    If you are coming here to change people's minds, you're wasting your time. Change your own mind.

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    Re: Do debates ever die?

    I've never seen our role here in terms of getting anything accomplished, so I don't feel I have failed at anything.

    I don't know if I'd say I have altered my views per se, but I have sure changed my opinion as to the nature of those who do and don't share them.
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    Re: Do debates ever die?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    My opinions on certain topics have changed a lot since I first came here. I've obtained a lot of different perspectives.
    Disregard, I see you answered my questions later in the thread.
    Last edited by Chuz Life; 03-03-10 at 12:25 AM.

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