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Robots could never be like us.

JBphilo
Lukas8

It would be impossible to create a robot that shares human consciousness. What are the qualities of human consciousness you may ask. Well, lots of things but most strikingly I think, understanding. And also a sense of subjective experience, raw feeling and pure being. A sense of 'what it is like' to experience something. For instance, what it is like to be me, what is it like to hear bird song, what it it like to experience pain, and what it is like to experience all at the same time. Let me...

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Utilitarianism is the only viable system of morality

casebash
Mike_10-4

I want to argue that Utilitarianism is the only viable system of morality. Utilitarianism includes normal utilitarianism and rule utilitarianism - I can argue for either or both of these schools of thought. You can argue that another school of thought is most likely true instead, or merely argue against utilitarianism. I'd prefer that we assume that some form of morality exists within this debate. Whether or not morality exists would be an interesting debate, but it isn't the clash I'm looking f...

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Atheism is self-delusional

LifeMeansGodIsGood
tahir.imanov

Atheism is defined by it's three roots,"a" meaning "no", " theo", meaning "God" (capitalized as a proper noun in this debate, since a lesser god would be irrelevant for any objective discussion) and "ism" meaning " This ROOT-WORD is the Suffix ISM. It means DOCTRINE, SYSTEM, MANNER, CONDITION, ACT & CHARACTERISTIC.". Merriam-Webster's full definition of "ism" is : Full Definition of -ISM 1a : act : practice : process b : manner of action or behavior characteristic o...

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Resolved: The Atomic Bombings of Japan were justified.

lannan13
Philocat

I would like to thank my opponent for accepting this debate. 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. Round 3 Reubttles shall be made. Round 4: Rebuttles and conclusions will be...

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Is man, by nature, a worshipping animal?

KittyEmPhilosophy
Lukas8

Is it more natural to be an Atheist, or to believe in a deity? All through time, all over the Earth, man has fallen into prayer under a being he believed to be higher than himself....

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Ethics can be defined apart from God

salomon2792
phiLockeraptor

Is there a definition of Ethics that can be put away from God? Can we say that Ethics has nothing to do with a divine creature? Firstly we need to define Ethics, according to Aristotle, which was the first one to introduce the concept (however no the first one to talk about it), ethics is the seek of a greater good, a good that is seek for itself, some may call that greater good later "happiness". This greater good assumes there is an objective good (a truth), and according to other philosoph...

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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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The Reign of Terror is Unjustified

9spaceking
Theunkown

Round one acceptanceDefinitions:The Reign of TerrorUnjustified: "not based on or behaving according to what is morally right and fair.", lacking fairness, NOT justified (from google and dictionary.com)<...

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Perfection Should be Considered Undesirable

DarthVitiosus
Bwacit

Introduction & PremisesI as Pro will be arguing in favor of the resolution. I will have the burden of proof. I will be arguing perfection should be considered undesirable.Perfection:"The action or process of improving something until it is faultless or as faultless as possible[1]"[1]http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/perfectionAs the definition above clearly defines, perfection shou...

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Physicalism is true.

SargonOfAkkad
1Credo

AveThe resolution of this debate states that "Physicalism is true". Physicalism amounts to the ontological thesis that there is nothing "beyond or above" the physical, and that all actually existing entities are supervenient on the physical. For the purposes of this debate, I will defend the truth of physicalism as...

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