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This house believes ethical egoism is false


The rules of this debate are rather straight forward:1) There is to be no use of separation of arguments through subheadings or headings, or any technique other than basic essay writing (that is, paragraph-by-paragraph). 2) The definition of ethical egoism is roughly that moral agents value only their self-interest. This definition may be contested, but massive departure from its meaning counts as a forfeit of the debate.3) 4,000 characters, f...

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Updated 1 Year Ago

It should be considered morally wrong to kill sentient animals, without consent, for their meat


Hi, kbub. 5 rounds, 2 week voting period, 48 hours to argue and 8k characters. Standard debate rules (first round acceptance and last round is not for new arguments). I understand that you're busy at the moment, but if you find some time, I'll be ready for you. If you want anything changed, feel free to ask me....

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Updated 1 Year Ago



Resolution: The best definition of "existing"(as adjective) is "can possibly be registered by human senses(either directly or indirectly)" My opponent will make his definition in Round 1. In rounds 2 and 3, we will both argue why our definition is better. Voting rules: - Reliable sources are not taken into account - Forfeit means loss...

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Updated 7 Months Ago

An Omniscient God and Human Free Will are Incompatible


FrameworkThis is a debate about God, and the concept of foreknowledge and how it relates to free will. I will be defending that free will and omniscience are compatible, that is that they can both exist without contradiction. My opponent will be arguing they are incompatible, that is that they cannot both exist without contradiction. My opponent will have the burden of proof in this debate since he is...

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Updated 5 Months Ago

This House Believes That the No Difference Theory is correct


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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Updated 1 Year Ago

The Grim Reaper Paradox


If there were an actually infinite number of Grim Reapers tasked with your death at a uniform interval from 1pm to 2pm, and the first Reaper strikes at 1:30, the second at 1:15, and so on... then you can't both live or die in that hour interval.

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Updated 10 Months Ago

Though experiments are important.


I will be arguing in support of the following three statements:If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, it does not make a noise.A train is running out of control down a track. In its path are five people who have been tied to the track. Fortunately, you could flip a switch, which will lead the train down a different track to safet...

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Updated 7 Months Ago

"Livestock" slaughter is acceptable


This is a duplication of a debate started by kbub and I was pipped to the post by a more worthy adversary but we have agreed to also have the debate ourselves. The official resolution is: "The practice of humans' killing "livestock" animals for food in the US ought to continue (Is the preferred of the two possible worlds)" The "practice" may include ANY practices of "livestock" slaughter, including so-named "humane" slaughter practices. "Practice" limitation However, neither hypothetic...

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Updated 7 Months Ago

We Cannot Create Artificial Intelligence via Computation Alone


After some discussion in my past debate, UndeniableReality would seem to be a good opponent to debate this with. 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."...

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Updated 2 Months Ago

Does Abortion Kill a Human Being?


I believe abortion kills a human being. We know the unborn is biologically a member of the human species, because she comes from human parents. Her DNA could also be tested in utero, and we would always find that she has human DNA. Most pro-abortion-choice people, however, agree with the above statement. Their issue is usually the question of whether the human entity killed is a "person," or a member of our species that has basic rights. The pro-choice ad...

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Updated 3 Years Ago