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Can a human truly be liberated from their ego


I don't feel that a person has the ability to become truly liberated from their ego. Often referred to as enlightened. These and other similar terms to me mean that a person is no longer attached to there ego and void of self....

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Updated 1 Day Ago

Free-will is a more irrational belief than young Earth Creationism


The atheist-controlled or anti-religious media has come out to attack Creationism, but not free-will believers even though based on modern science free-will is much more of an irrational belief than denying evolution or the arguments young Earth Creationists use. The reason why most people don't know this is because the media and society hasn't come out to attack free-will believers like how they've attacked Creationists. Atheists haven't made documentaries or web sites and stuff about it...

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Updated 2 Days Ago

Free will doesn't exist


Free Will-the power of acting without the constraint of necessity or fate; the ability to act at one's own discretion The debate is rather self-explanitory. As pro, I shall argue against the existence of free will. Con shall debate for its existence. Round 1 is to be acceptance and declaration of definitions. Any round forfeits will result in the forfeit of the entire debate unless the other individual pardons the other in a later round....

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Children: Are they born atheist?


All rounds are for argumentation; I will begin: Children are not born atheist. Atheism is defined as "The term "atheist" describes a person who does not believe that God or a divine being exists." ( which I believe to be universally known however there is one word which does not get adequate consideration in that phrase. Belief is defined as "a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing" or "conviction of the truth of...

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God Probably Doesn't Exist


This debate is impossible to accept, if you wish to accept let me know in the comments.You must have a minimum of 2500 ELO to vote on this debate.Definitions:God: The sentient eternal (has always existed and held his properties) omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent being that was the efficient cause of the universe.Probably: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.Doesn't Exist: Does not have objective reality or being....

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A Personal First Cause/Necessary Being Exists


*Leave message to accept*Yay, another God debate (kinda). This one is a little different as I will make some concessions for my opponent. I will concede:1. The universe has a cause for it's existence2. There is an explanation for the existence of the universeObviously these grant premises in the Leibniz and Kalam Cosmological arguments. My opponent can choose to either use those or any other argument of his preference to affirm the resolution.Pro does...

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A just society ought to presume consent for organ procurement from the deceased.


Resolved: A just society ought to presume consent for organ procurement from the deceased.This is a (now) former LD topic. The debate will be done in such a manner. If you do not know what LD is or are not familiar with the ins and outs of LD debate, I HIGHLY RECCOMMEND YOU DO NOT ACCEPT THIS DEBATE. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.Round structure will be as follows:Round One: Affirmative Presents their case, yes THIS ROUND IS...

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Updated 6 Days Ago

Some cases of torture are minimally, morally acceptable.


1. Torture is defined as intentionally causing pain or suffering on an unwilling, defenseless individual either to break their will, get that person to say or do something, or for pleasure. 2. By saying something is minimally, morally acceptable, it is meant that there are some exceptions in which torture is permissible, where other cases it is impermissible. 3. Torture is justified when it saves the lives of others, a life is threatened or in danger, when self defense is necessary, and when...

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There is no unchanging, separate self.


First round for acceptance only. The feeling of being an individual separate from ones environment is inevitably found to be illusory. There is no core to being, no "observer" or "soul" that continues from life to life, or even, from moment to moment. All things are subject to change, and there is no unchanging substrate to this change. Indeed, "essence" is an illusory notion....

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Updated 3 Weeks Ago

We Cannot Create Artificial Intelligence via Computation Alone


I am challenging Philosophybro to this debate. I hope it will go well. Definitions: Artificial Intelligence (as defined by Searle): The claim that an "appropriately programmed computer with the right inputs and outputs would thereby have a mind in exactly the same sense human beings have minds." Computation: "process following a well-defined model understood and expressed as, for example, an algorithm, or a protocol." or to use Turing's definition of what a Turing machine does " Print "0...

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