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We Cannot Create Artificial Intelligence via Computation Alone

n7
Philosophybro

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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33 Comments
Updated 3 Weeks Ago

is ketchup a fruit smoothie

MrMcDebateMan
TheSymbiote

There is a saying that goes Knowledge - is knowing that a tomato is a fruit Wisdom - is knowing that you should not put it in a fruit salad Philosophy - is wondering IS KETCHUP A FRUIT SMOOTHIE I was wanting to know if anyone will take me up on a argument on if ketchup is a fruit smoothie if it is not then accept my challenge of a debate...

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Updated 3 Weeks Ago

Does a soul necessarily exist?

DanK
Organicdem

Round 1: Acceptance, opening argument Round 2: Rebuttals/advance argument/new argument Round 3:Rebuttals and refutations Round 4: Closing statements Define terms and cite sources, serious takers only please. Aristotle defines the soul as the cause of life and action. His reasoning behind this thought is that a body can have life or it can not, but in either case it is still a body is the common factor. Therefore, he concluded, that there must be another factor. While his reasoning that a fa...

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Updated 2 Weeks Ago

My 100th Debate: A Duty to Rescue

bsh1
Jonbonbon

PrefaceThis is my 100th debate, and I am looking forward to it! I was discussing this topic in the forums, and JonBonBon expressed her interest in doing her first serious debate on DDO with this topic, so naturally I had to accept. I look forward to having a superb discussion on the issue. You must have at least 2,000 ELO to vote on this.Full TopicThere ought to be a duty to rescue.Terms...

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43 Comments
Updated 3 Weeks Ago

Does God Exist?

djdipretoro
123456789123456789

Round 1 is to accept the debate. The debate officially starts in the second round. I wish I could put this under philosophy and religion, but that is not possible. Anything goes, pretty much. For the record, I will be using a presuppositional apologetic approach to this topic. Round 1: acceptance Round 2: opening arguments Round 3: rebuttals Round 4: rebuttals and defense Round 5: closing statements...

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Updated 3 Weeks Ago

Abstract reasoning and God

XDM
Raistlin

If I can use abstract reason to come to a conclusion about God, and it is a logically coherent argument free of fallacy, can I not consider that argument proof beyond reasonable doubt of the existence of a God? At least, until it is shown to be flawed? My opponent will either argue that this claim is false (an abstract "proof" of God is not beyond reasonable doubt) or that it is correct but that I must present an argument that meet this criteria for my claim to be of any significance. ab...

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15 Comments
Updated 2 Weeks Ago

It is impossible for God to not exist!

Imperfiect
Envisage

How can god not exist? It is like if you say that a baker ceases to do baking business!God is the wheeler dealer of existence, no way would he have succeeded in this trade if he didn't poof himself into existence!

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21 Comments
Updated 2 Weeks Ago

God most likely exists

zmikecuber
Sswdwm

Good evening/afternoon/morning/midday, ladies and gentlemen. Sswdwm and I don't always see eye-to-eye on issues, and after having many enjoyable forum debates, we've decided to take it to the real thing. The resolution for this debate shall be...God most likely exists.

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250 Comments
Updated 7 Months Ago

Does God exist?

Toviyah
Envisage

Thanks Envisage for accepting this debate. First round for acceptance I'm pro, Envisage will be Con. BOP is on me. 'God' is the Deistic concept of God. (Creator, transcendent, powerful) Enjoy!...

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196 Comments
Updated 4 Months Ago

There Are Good Secular Reasons to Disallow Same-Sex Marriage

Contradiction
HonestDiscussioner

HonestDiscussioner and I have agreed on terms. I will launch immediately into my opening statement.~The state regulates marriage for a reason. It dispenses benefits for a reason. Understanding what this reason is will tell us what criteria are and are not relevant to marriage, and thus whether any rights are being denied. If the state excludes same-sex couples from entering into legal marriages on the basis of criteria relevant to the public purpose of marri...

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211 Comments
Updated 1 Year Ago