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Thorium or Uranium?

Nitro_Squared
fertilizerleaves

Should we use thorium or uranium in our reactors. I have read several anecdotes on this and I have also looked at several lectures on this by Kirk Sorensen. Here is one of his lectures - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbyr7jZOllI - I believe that the thorium reactors are the future for nuclear energy. They are safer for one and also thorium is much more abundant than uranium. If the next piece of your argument is that thorium still has to be converted into uranium-233[fissile] to actually be...

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Updated 6 Months Ago

Food Irradiation

merpmerpy
BrothaDarkness

Food Irradiation is vital in the twentieth century's produce distribution, growth, and purification. Irradiating food enhances the safety and can prevent illness/epidemics from occurring. Due to the FDA's maximum dosage of 4kGy, it reduces and in some cases eliminates major food borne pathogens; E-coli, Salmonella, Hepatitis A, etc. Not only does it terminate bacteria outside of the produce, irradiation can kill bacteria inside as well....

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Updated 6 Months Ago

Evolution cannot account for irreducible complexity

Muted
GreenTeas

Here I will give GreenTeas a chance to restate his accusations as found in http://www.debate.org/debates/The-Theory-of-Evolution-Cannot-Explain-All-Organisms./1/ Irreducible complexity: The theory that if a part of an apparatus, such as a mouse trap, is removed, the whole apparatus loses its ability to perform that function. Also see for a more comprehensive explanation: http://www.idthefuture.com/2011/12/know_your_id_terms_irreducible.html Evolution: Change in the gene pool of a populatio...

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Updated 1 Year Ago

The Theory of Evolution Cannot Explain All Organisms.

CRSdave
GreenTeas

The Theory of Evolution is an ineffective method of explaining life on this earth. Through the careful examination of specific organisms and their structures, we see evident the insufficiency of the theory. Evolution, which explains life in small, gradual steps, does not provide the answers we seek. While Microevolution occurs within the gene code and is evident all around us, Macroevolution is a scientific impossibility. The idea that all forms of...

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Updated 1 Year Ago

Attributing Human Consciousness to the Theory of Evolution is false and invalid

Anatta
Sswdwm

From my side of the debate I will expound that the theory of evolution does not apply to the cause of human consciousness, in further detail; gradual accumulation of cognitive faculties throughout the course of time by means of ‘natural selection’ is not responsible for the difference between our self awareness and the seemingly lack thereof abound in the rest of the animal (or creature) kingdom. My argument will be bolstered by one crucial idea: The diffe...

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24 Comments
Updated 6 Months Ago

Evolution is a lie.

Whiteevan12
EndarkenedRationalist

Evolution is a lie. Consider the fact that evolution was never heard of till darwin was born and before that and for years and years till the Enlgihtment when darwin was born creationism was consider a fact. Since the evolutionary agruement was that evolution is a fact that the idea of a creator is fairy tale is offen used. I will start round one in backlashing that evolutionary arguement. Since darwin created evolution ( evolution was never heard of before darwin arived. Hmm. Darwin was a man....

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Updated 10 Months Ago

Evolution more rationtal than creationism/god

iamanatheistandthisiswhy
Nzrsaa

Every time I get asked to supply evidence for evolution I supply it. However, every time I ask for proof of a creator (to clarify the creationism position) I get told you need to believe it. For this reason I open this debate evolution more rational than creationism/god.This challenge is open to any creationist (intelligent design) proponent. The opponent is necessarily a theist who thinks creationism is more rational than intelligent design.This debate will have fou...

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Updated 10 Months Ago

Creationism has made verified predictions.

Muted
RoyLatham

I would like to use mostly the same form as used by Microsuck, because I like it. Definitions: These are the definitions that will be used throughout this debate. Theory - A well supported, conceptual framework that encompasses a large body of scientific facts, inferences, data, and observations and explains them in a coherent way (Fairbans, 2012) Predictions-In science, a prediction is a rigorous, often quantitative, statement, forecasting what will happen under specific conditions...

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40 Comments
Updated 2 Years Ago

Terra-forming Venus vs Mars

Ore_Ele
imabench

This debate will focus around the potential to terra-form Venus (me) vs terra-forming Mars (Imabench). Measuring the winner will be based on two values that we will be pushing. 1) How close we can get our respective planet to Earth like conditions. The closer the better. 2) How close the technology needed is to technology that we already have. Obviously everything that is "scientifically possible" is fair game, but things that can be done with tech that we already have available should sco...

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39 Comments
Updated 2 Years Ago

African American are born out of the anal cavity and Caucasian humans are born out of the vagina.

Gogert777
MrJosh

My opponent must first accept. You can take this serious or not, it's up to the person. I am for me saying that what the topic of this debate is true. My opponent must prove my statement false. I will prove it to be truth. Accept, and then round 2 will commence, and the debate will get rolling. I hope to get a worthy opponent that know his science and like icecream. :P...

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Updated 3 Months Ago