"There aren't 360 Degrees in a Circle"

mostlogical

I agree with the statement: "there aren't 360 degrees in a circle". It may be that we chose 360 because it's close to the number of days it takes Earth to orbit the Sun, but it's more likely because the Babylonians chose to divide a circle by 360 degrees. But the Babylonians couldn't even calculate Pi to more than 2 decimals places! Whatever the reason, it seems we have accepted a circle has 360 degrees on pure faith, as no-one seems to know why a circle has 360 degrees to this day. My op...

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Updated 2 Weeks Ago

Epistemic Justification is possible

CorieMike

So I've finally decided to have my third debate so I may start voting on others. My goal is to show, as an indirect skeptic, that all dogmatists lack justifications for their beliefs and are inconsistent in their pursuit for objective truths. Definitions: (1) Pyrrhonism - a school of scepticism based on the suspension of belief (2) Gettier Problem - a philosophical question on whether justified true belief is sufficient for knowledge (3) Knowledge - Certain Justified True Belief The to...

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May Regular Tournament: God Exists

tejretics

PrefaceThis debate is for the first round of Unitomic's May Regular Tournament [http://www.debate.org/forums/debate.org/topic/67223/], on solely highly controversial topics. After long discussions on PMs, Mister_Man and I have finally decided on a topic, the existence of God, since it is one of my favorite topics. I shall be playing Devil's advocate in this debate, so it shall definitely be interesting. <...

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Updated 4 Weeks Ago

Assisted suicide should be illegal.

FourTrouble

"Assisted suicide" refers to "the act of deliberately assisting another person to kill themselves." == A Definitional Note ==The term "assisted suicide" is something of a misnomer. There's no crime called "assisted suicide." I do not argue a legal penalty for patients who seek help in dying. The crime at issue is assisting suicide, and it's targeted solely at those who help another commit suicide. The legal right sought by proponents is...

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Updated 1 Month Ago

March Beginners Tournament: Animal Rights

tejretics

IntroductionThis debate is a direct challenge to @Skepticalone as a part of @Bsh1's March Official Beginner's Tournament. Thanks to @Skepticalone for agreeing with me on the topic. Rules

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500 Character debate: Policy lynching in mafia games

F-16_Fighting_Falcon
FourTrouble

Resolution: On balance, it is preferable to not policy lynch players in mafia games.Con must show that on balance, it is preferable to policy-lynch some types of play in mafia games and that it must be preferred over not policy lynching. BOP is shared. Whoever proves that their option is better wins. The types of players that Con says it is preferable to policy lynch are those who intentionally play scummy when town to avoid detection whe...

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Updated 4 Months Ago

1000 character debate: Trolley Problem

F-16_Fighting_Falcon
FourTrouble

Resolution: If a trolley is headed towards five people tied to a track and you are near a switch and can switch the trolley onto a different track where one person is tied to the track, you ought not switch.It is assumed that the people the trolley hits will definitely die. Practical considerations will not figure into this.Nor will Kritiks. For instance arguing that 'ought' is entirely subjective, thus this resolution has no right or wrong ans...

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Updated 4 Months Ago

should llamas be able to run for president?

Nicodavid647

llamas are U.S. citizens and are a lot smarter then most politicians it just makes sense!...

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Technology will make capitalism obsolete

ojcruz

Capitalism in its many variant forms is a jobs based structure. This requires people to engage in regular chores in exchange for access to resources. Technology will prove adversarial to such a construct through increased and personalized means of production and automation. Since the industrial revolution, technological advancement has streamlined and increased our means of production. This, because technology, defined here as the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, b...

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Updated 4 Months Ago

Gun Control

Hylian_3000

This debate is part of the February Beginner's Tournament. 8,000 character limit 72 hour argument time 2500 ELO minimum for voting The topic is Gun Control. Pro: For Gun Control Con: Against Gun Control. I am taking the Pro side of the topic. Gun Control: Generally refers to laws or policies that regulate the manufacture, sale, transfer, possession, modification, or use of firearms. Round 1: Acceptance and Definitions Round 2: Opening Statement and Arguments Round 3: Rebuttal...

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