No. I believe what I believe no matter what because it is the right thing!
No. Debates aren't entirely logical, so winning and losing are subjective
Yes. But I've never lost a debate
Yes. And I have lost a debate.
Yes. I have changed my position on a subject because of a debate.
Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice....shame on me.
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.
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.
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
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.
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.
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.