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Debate.org Should Abolish Open Voting in Favor of Judge "Select Winner" Voting

Hierocles
BoggyDag

Max - 10,000 words 72 hours to post response 6 months to vote, Judges have plenty of time Rules & Definitions The rules and definitions will be open to debate themselves. For the sake of organization, they should be flowed under the subheading of Theory or Framework. Pro prefers if judge and any voters flow and determine winner via tabula rasa. Desired Format Rd - 1: Acceptance Rd - 2: Opening Constructives Rd - 3-4: Constructives & Rebuttals Rd 5: Rebuttals only, no new evidence pl...

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Updated 16 Hours Ago

Did Darwin ever doubt his own theory?

Leo.Messi
Factual_Intelligence

Did Darwin doubt his own theory? Please keep this debate civilized and clean. Thanks! (I will present my actual arguments in the latter rounds.)...

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Updated 3 Days Ago

Life is a computer program

AverageJoe23
Thejackal

Life is a computer program. Everything we do is planned out by a computer developed by a sentient race using our thoughts and actions as entertainment. No matter what we do, no matter how many of us know, we are stuck in this program. It isn't even like the Matrix where we can bend the program for our own uses. Everything is planned out and there is nothing we can do....

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Updated 1 Day Ago

Do humans know everything?

Almog
Commondebator

Think about it...and when I say think about it, I mean throw away everything you think you know about what you don't, and think deeply about the argument. It is possible to know everything. By possible to know everything, I mean not in a carnal state, but rather in a general state. When one knows everything in a general state, only thing can someone learn everything in specificity. There are may questions people think are unanswered, but they are in our face. In order to know everything, you hav...

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Updated 1 Day Ago

Kill a beloved, to save many criminals

Commondebator
imsmarterthanyou98

First round is acceptance. Standard rules. (No trolling, cussing, and be nice. Format is intended to be arguments on round 2, however the opponent may extend his/her arguments as he/she pleases) Definition: This debate concerns humans. Assume both parties have same level of morality. Scenario: A psychotic maniac named "Commondebator" has given you an option of which you cannot escape: Kill a beloved family member, or kill an entire country of criminals. (All of the criminals are in ja...

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Updated 2 Days Ago

Monkeys should be considered persons.

ksungw105
Potoczak

(1.) "I believe the idea of animal rights has reason, not just emotion, on its side (327. 1. 8)." (2.) "All of our duties regarding animals are indirect duties to one another- to humanity (327. 3. 16)." (3.) "Pain is wrong because of the pain that is caused, we cannot rationally ignore or dismiss the moral relevance of the pain that your dog feels (328. 1. 6)." (4.) "Like children, however, some animals are the objects of the sentimental interest of outhers. You, for example, love your...

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Updated 1 Day Ago

Lower Tier Finials: Resolved: The Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings were justified.

lannan13
Daltonian

I'd like to thank Daltonian for accepting this debate ahead of time. This is the finials of the Lower Tier for the DDO Tourney.Rules Round 1 is for rules and definitions by Pro while Con accepts and/or chooses to define anyword Pro left undefined. Round 2: Opening arguments shall be presented. There shall be no rebuttles round 2. <...

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34 Comments
Updated 2 Weeks Ago

Idealism is true

dylancatlow
Sargon

Definitions Idealism: Idealism is the group of philosophies which assert that reality is fundamentally mental, or otherwise immaterial. First round is for acceptance only. Burden of Proof is shared....

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Updated 5 Days Ago

Immanuel Kant was more important than John Stuart Mill in the development of philosophy

phantom
kasmic

100th debate! This debate should be impossible to accept. Introduction and Clarifications Credit to SocialPinko for the idea. We had a similar debate a while back and I wanted to do one like this again. The terms “important” and “development” will be open for debate. There is no need to agree on the specific definitions but we should apply common sense...

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78 Comments
Updated 1 Month Ago

A stupid person can objectively know that he is stupid

ObjectivityIsAMust
debatr1234

I will debate that a stupid person cannot objectively know that he is stupid. 1. First round is only for acceptance....

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9 Comments
Updated 2 Days Ago