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"Media is the nervous system of a democracy. If it's not functioning well, the democracy can't function." -- Jeff Cohen Despite it's criticism, Wikileaks is one of the most responsible tools of journalism in our generation. It's important to understand just how important of a role the media plays in our society. News organizations are responsible for shaping the way we view political candidates, many of whom we will never get to meet or observe directly. They are the ones we elect into off...

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Updated 7 Years Ago

Does God exist?


Some people believe that God is a myth. However, the Bible clearly states that there is a God and that there are people who have seen sufficient evidence. There have been cases of miracles, which supports the fact that God is real even more. The most specific picture of God reveling himself to us is Jesus Christ. The majority of people in the world have some sort of belief in a God. He answers our prayers and controls our destiny. Have you ever heard the saying, "Everything happens for a rea...

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Updated 6 Years Ago

Tuvix Was Murdered


Preamble The 24th episode of the 2nd series of Star Trek: Voyager is entitled ‘Tuvix' in this episode the crewmembers Tuvok, and Neelix are ‘merged' into a single being by a transporter accident. The resulting being subsequently takes the name of Tuvix. A method of separating the two is later developed and Captain Janeway performs the process resulting in the demise or destruction of Tuvix and the restoration of Tuvok and Neelix. Resolution Within the con...

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Updated 8 Years Ago

The Cosmological Argument


Thanks to wiploc for agreeing to debate me on this fascinating topic.I will be advancing and defending a version of the cosmological argument for the existence of God. [1] The argument is simply formulated as follows: [2] (1) Every contingent fact has an explanation.(2) There is a contingent fact that includes all other contingent facts.(3) Therefore, there is an explanation of this fact.(4) This explanation must involve a necessary bein...

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Updated 6 Years Ago

Connect Four


Good luck to whomever takes this debate. Official Resolution: I will win a majority of the games of Connect Four that I play against my opponent. ========= Debate Rules ========= 1. Five games of Connect Four are to be played in the comments section of this debate in the manner described below. 2. The winner of this debate is the person who wins 3 or more of the Connect Four rounds. All 7 points go to the person who won the majority of rounds, regardless of spelling/conduct/source...

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Updated 8 Years Ago

Mac is Better than Windows


Mac is better than windows because they boot using EFI strings instead of hardware, meaning faster booting/running speeds, and they utilize RAM more efficiently and don't crash often, due to the fact that they run on Unix. Although the upfront costs for purchasing Macs may be more expensive than Windows, updating the operating system and keeping the computer secure are both large concerns with Windows, and cost a lot. Macs are $30 per upgrade. With Mac, there is an app store and you know what yo...

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Updated 6 Years Ago

Humanity Should Begin Efforts to Colonize Mars


I want to begin by saying how pleased I am to get the opportunity to debate Grape on this very unique and important topic. Though the issue of space exploration isn't much discussed in the general public, it does receive quite a bit of attention in academia. In particular, Stephen Hawking, a world-renowned physicist and the former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, has been outspoken in support for the colonization of Mars.[1] I've come before you all to defend Ste...

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Updated 6 Years Ago

On the Death Penalty


I contend that the death penalty is a just punishment for certain types of crimes. The reasoning for this is rooted in basic positive AND negative rights - namely the right to life, the right to defend oneself, and the right to redress of grievances for harm to oneself or one's companions. I don't think anyone contests the notion that there is a basic right to live. In order to exercise this right, we must have a right to defend that life, either by incapacitation or fatality. Furthermore, gr...

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Updated 9 Years Ago

Gay marriage should be legal in the United States.


I will be using a dual overlaying teleological/constitutional argument to contend that gay marriage should be legalized in the United States. In this project I will borrow the harm principle, as articulated by John Stewart Mill, to argue that the only reasonable circumstance in which a government can limit a citizen's liberty is to prevent that person from causing harm to others. This view when taken to its logical conclusion would entail the legalization of gay marriage. Contention 1:...

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Updated 8 Years Ago

Public Forum, October Topic: Poverty Reduction vs. Environmental Protection


NOTE: Disregard any contextual inaccuracies (my partner and I) that result from the direct usage of in-round formalities within both debaters' first respective speeches. To my opponent: feel free to copy and paste your in-tournament PRO case if you already have one prepared. In resonance with Public Forum conduct, I ask my opponent to exclude any attempts of refutation in his first speech. Resolution: When in conflict, the UN should prioritize global poverty reduction over environmental p...

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Updated 8 Years Ago