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Consciousness Can Be Transferred From The Brain Into A Different Substrate

BradK
Boesball

What I am arguing is that consciousness can be produced inorganically. We all know that an infant's brain has no consciousness for a few years. Then, once the childhood amnesia wears off and the brain is developed enough for the informational pattern of consciousness to develop, it just "magically appears" for lack of a better word. (1)So from that biological fact, I argue that if you could create a machine as complex as the human brain, consciousness would also magically arise in the machine...

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Updated 4 Months Ago

The Nazis were not racist (or they were racist against white Nordics)

Adam2
ChrisF

First is for acceptance. I will be arguing that the Nazis were not racists against most people. The only people they were racist against were Nordic Europeans....

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Updated 4 Months Ago

Utilitarianism is the Best Available Ethical Theory

FuzzyCatPotato
alyfish126

Rounds:1st: Acceptance only.2nd: New arguments and rebuttals.3rd: New arguments and rebuttals.4th: Rebuttals and summaries.---Rules:1. No...

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Updated 2 Months Ago

(MiG Tournament) Physical laws must conform to preconceptions of what is logical

KRFournier
RoyLatham

This debate is part of round 5 of Man-Is-Good's Debate Tournament.SynopsisRoyLatham and I just finished another tournament debate over the implications of the KCA, which you can reference here:http://www.debate.org/debate/25114/In this debate, we argued over whether or not something that is mathematically possible can be considered to therefore be physically p...

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Updated 2 Years Ago

The Normative Contingency Thesis (NCT) is a compelling objection to Moral Realism.

Cody_Franklin
OMGJustinBieber

I've finally decided to open this up to any and all challengers. Everyone knows me, my argument, and my method. All that's missing is someone to take up the fight. As a consequence of this openness, Con may begin presenting arguments for realism/against the NCT in Round 1, or may choose merely to accept and defer argumentation until Round 2. I leave that decision to my opponent, who may not be penalized for opting t...

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Updated 2 Years Ago

Rational egotism, even in the absence of law enforcement, is generally not immoral.

Bullish
James96

Topic:I take the position that "Rational egotism, even in the absence of law enforcement, is generally not immoral." I have the burden to prove that as a result of the evolution of the human species, the human psyche generally favors humans to do utilitarian actions even in the absence of an enforcer. My opponent must show that I have not met my burden of proof or prove me wrong.Definitions:Rational egotism - the princip...

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Updated 2 Months Ago

Philosophy is Important

SeekingWisdom
Kaneo

Philosophy is still relevant. Science, as important and awesome as it is, does not, and cannot, address normative issues. There is no way to get to what we 'ought' to do, with science. What is right and what is wrong, in the area of human values, cannot be addressed by science. This is the domain of Philosophy. Science matters. The rules and findings of science reinforce philosophy. Science affirms Aristotelian philosophy - that the natural world is knowable and that man has the ability to un...

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Updated 4 Months Ago

This House Believes That the No Difference Theory is correct

Stephen_Hawkins
16kadams

Hello, and welcome to my next debate. 16kadams, probably one of the most formidable and respected debaters on this site for conservative beliefs against myself, it certainly shall be an interesting debate. ===Opening Jokes==='My Dad used to say 'always fight fire with fire', which is probably why he got thrown out of the fire brigade.'===Definitions===No difference theory: The rejection of necessary differe...

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32 Comments
Updated 1 Year Ago

The Argument from Desire is a sound argument.

KeytarHero
mrsatan

I have re-instituted this debate because the last person who accepted is someone that I have no idea if he/she will even follow through. As such, I have made this debate impossible to accept. If you wish to take me up on it, please leave a comment. I'm not very picky on whom I debate, I just want to be confident that you will follow through and finish the debate. Most people on this site are familiar with the more popular arguments for God's existence, the cosmological arguments, teleological...

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Updated 1 Year Ago

Burden of proof should be on both claims, not just the positive.

Musibrique
SyadieAlFawazAbdurrahman

It is often believed that the burden of proof should only lie on a person claiming a positive. That is, if I claim X exists, then it is up to me to prove that X exists because I'm the one possessing the burden of proof. This technique is widely used by atheists and skeptics. Although I do agree that the burden of proof should lie on the person making a positive claim, I also think the burden should be on those who claim the contrary. Now before I proceed the reasons why I think this way, I will...

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Updated 4 Months Ago