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A Non-Mental Reality Probably Exists

Rational_Thinker9119
Burls

I'm an Idealist; I believe all reality mental. If we know anything, that means the mind exists as knowledge is mental. If we doubt anything, that means the mind exists as doubt is mental; ergo we cannot consistently doubt the mind as the mind is needed to doubt in the first place. So our starting point for knowledge is the mind. It must exist. But, why believe in a non-mental reality? This is a hypothesis that most people believe, the idea that everything that is beyond our mind...

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God Probably Exists

tejretics
kasmic

PrefaceIt has been a while since I last debated this seriously. For those who don't know, this has been my favorite topic for awhile. I hope for an interesting and truly stellar discourse. The debate shall have 72 hours to post each argument, with 10,000 characters per argument, and 5 rounds. Additionally, a minimum Elo of 2,500 is required to vote. I have chosen Kasmic to accept this debate, and I am honored to have such a distinguished debater as m...

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Santa Clause is evil

Alpha3141
Burls

Santa Clause is evil. He gives more toys to rich kids then poor kids. Need I say more?...

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Theseus' Ship Changes and Yet Remains Theseus' Ship

I_Voyager
Fkkize

I propose to solve the paradox of Theseus" Ship by demonstrating that the essence of an object, contained within the greater equation of a relationship between it and another object, changes without ever changing the sum of the relationship. Following that I demonstrate that the only way Theseus" Ship changes are if either Theseus or the Ship is exchanged with a new object. In the case of Theseus" Ship there are two objects: Theseus and the ship. There is an additional quality which is the relat...

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Wet Grass is Evidence

Mhykiel
ZBestDebater

Evidence is defined as: that which tends to prove or disprove something; ground for belief; proof. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/evidence OR as: The available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid. http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/evidence The observable fact that the grass is wet is evidence that it rained last night. Post in comments if you want to accept debate. Serious debaters only please....

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Wet Grass is Evidence

Mhykiel
james1014

Evidence is defined as: that which tends to prove or disprove something; ground for belief; proof. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/evidence OR as: The available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid. http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/evidence The observable fact that the grass is wet is evidence that it rained last night....

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I am always right

Occisionis
sara_ann_dee

I'm always right because I have a PhD....

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Essay Writing Contest

imsmarterthanyou98
Occisionis

Hey!,I love writing, and improving my writing so hopefully somone will provide a worthy challenge and critisism. Simple rules... We take turns proposing a topic. In the form of a quesition. Con your first :)<...

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Updated 1 Week Ago

Quickfire Debate: Justice, Retribution, and Forgiveness

bsh1
bladerunner060

PrefaceThis is my first quickfire debate. My idea of "quick" is probably less rapid than other people's notions of the same. You will have 3 full hours to type up your argument; there are 6,000 characters per round. The goal is to focus on meaningful, substantive discourse rather than rely on source-spamming or the like. It's designed to test the alacrity of your wit and your ability to present cogent arguments under a time crunch.This debate is impo...

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Evolution is a Law of Nature

yooneekorn
Jonnykelly

The pro side will be arguing that evolution is empirically correct, and therefore a natural law. Con will be arguing against the premise. Round 1: Acceptance of debate, definition of terms. Round 2: Introductory arguments Round 3: First rebuttals Round 4: 2nd Rebuttals Definition of terms: Natural Selection: The process whereby organisms better adapted to their environment tend to survive and produce more offspring. Prokaryote: single-celled organism that lacks a membrane-bound nucl...

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