Artifical Intelligence and Rights: Can Androids have Rights?

bsh1

PrefaceThis debate is, on the surface, appears to be a Star Trek debate. However, it delves into issues worthy of any upper level philosophy or ethics class: can artificial intelligences be consider persons, or have rights? I am truly looking forward to an interesting moral discussion regarding this question, and I hope for an excellent debate!The response time for arguments on this debate is 48 hours. You need to have completed 3 debates to be able...

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Did you for the forced and irreversible surgical castration of sex offenders?

PawelK

About two years ago ago here in Poland, where I live, nasty crime occurred. Mother gave 9 year old son with emotional problems on the observations to a psychiatric hospital, the child was brutally anally raped by a 16 year old degenerate. Some people began to demand the introduction of compulsory sterilization of sexual abusers, but not limited to chemical sterilization, but a full surgical castration involving not only the removal of the testicles but preferably the whole of the crime wea...

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TT2 Expert Final: U.S. militia groups pose a greater threat to our national security than do FTOs

whiteflame
bsh1

First and foremost, I'd like to congratulate bsh1 on making it this far in the tournament. Much as he has achieved this before, and even won before, I think it's a massive achievement with all of the fantastic competition we've had. Second, I am again honored to be debating a venerated veteran of the site. I have a lot of respect for bsh1 and his debating prowess, something I know he'll bring in spades to this debate. I hope I am up to the challenge, but most importantly, no matter how this ends...

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This House Believes Ontology Necessitates God!

Ajabi

Shalom Aleichem! PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT THIS DEBATE TILL THE TIME NEARLY RUNS OUT. YOU CAN ACCEPT IT ON THURSDAY. ACCEPTING BEFORE THURSDAY WILL RESULT IN AN IMMEDIATE LOSS. THIS DEBATE HAS BEEN SENT AS A CHALLENGE TO DOUBLE_R. The Judges are: Subutai, Envisage, n7, popculturepooka, phantom, Danielle, Raisor, Sargon, and bladerunner060. Spelling and grammar, unless out right horrid, will not count in voting. The idea of this debate started with me contacting Roy for a debate. Given...

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Gibraltar ought in justice to be returned to Spain

TrasguTravieso

Round 1 is for acceptance. Standard rules....

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This House Believes that God Does Not Exist! (Troll Debate)

xXCryptoXx

Debate Resolution: God Does Not Exist -Overview and Rules1. First round is for acceptance. If you wish to accept this debate please comment in the comments section. If anyone finds a way to accept this debate withou...

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Violence in video games does not significantly contribute to real world violence.

debatability

Wylted and I will be debating this topic.DefinitionsSignificantly- in a way that is relevant or has an important effect on somethingObservationsThis debate is about the impact of violence in video games, not about the impact of video games themselves. I am looking forward to a great debate!!...

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The problem of Slytherin

thett3

Resolved: The portrayal of Slytherin House in the Harry Potter books, on balance, detracts from the series as a whole. For the purposes of the debate, only information contained in the original series (not Pottermore or the movies) is canon. I am affirming. The first round is for acceptance, second for constructives, and third and fourth for rebuttals. No new arguments in the last round. I look forward to the debate!...

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The U.S. ought to Privatize Amtrak

Contra

R1: Definitions and AcceptanceR2: Arguments and RebuttalsR3: Rebuttals and Conclusions*No semantics*No original arguments last round*No forfeiting-----A violation of any of these three rules is an automatic forfeiture of all points.Amtrak Subsidies: Amtrak is a railroad corporation which receives approximately $1.5 billion in federal subsidies every...

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The Falkland/Malvinas Islands should be given to Argentina.

qwertyman

I will be arguing that the Falkand/Malvinas Islands should remain a United Kingdom Overseas Territory.Pro can start the debate or just accept, I don't mind. ...

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