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xastridraeburnx
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jzonda415
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A potato is better than french fries

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jzonda415
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 4/30/2015 Category: Funny
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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xastridraeburnx

Pro

Because you can make a potato into so many things! Including french fries!
jzonda415

Con

I thank Pro for this debate. As no terms were defined, I will proceed to do so.

Potato: a starchy plant tuber that is one of the most important food crops, cooked and eaten as a vegetable (derived from the Google definition).

French Fries: batons of deep-fried potato [1]

Better: of superior quality or excellence [2]

The BOP in this debate is shared. It is my job in this debate to prove that French fries are better than a singular potato, while it is Pro's job to prove the opposite. Let's begin with my opponent's arguments.

Pro's Case:

Pro's case relies on the main point of versatility.


"Because you can make a potato into so many things! Including French fries!"

While this may be on the face true, it does not work as a sole reason to believe that potatoes are indeed better than French Fries. For instance, one can easily assert the following amending Pro's wording:


"Because you can make a raw egg into so many things! Including scrambled eggs!"

Why doesn't this work? Because, as most of our intuitions make a note of, the pure form of something isn't better than an alternative or cooked form of the same food. There needs to be more to a food rather than just it being versatile for us to consider it truly "better." Furthermore, even if we accept Pro's reasoning, French Fries are still versatile foods, as they can be manipulated into numerous other creations [3] [4]. Essentially, Pro's case completely fails to uphold his BOP.


My Case:

Since Pro's arguments don't hold any water, I only need to present a few of my own arguments to uphold my BOP.


1. As the LA Times reports, "The typical American consumes 117 pounds of potatoes each year, including 41 pounds in the form of previously frozen French fries, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 'Fresh' spuds account for only 28% [~32 pounds] of the total, the USDA said" [5]. Through this fact, we can see that Americans clearly prefer French Fries over the traditional form of potatoes, indicating most Americans prefer French Fries in terms of tastes and/or convenience.

2. Using math, we can figure out which one, on balence, has more calories. An order of French Fries has 156 calories, and comes from using 1.5 potatoes [6] [7]. The equivalent amount of potatoes, with one potato being about 130 calories [8], works out to be 195 calories. While it may come across as counter intuitive, seeing as an order of French Fries has less calories than an equal number of potatoes, they can be considered better in regards to calorie count.

Conclusion:

I have entirely refuted Pro's case and upheld my own. Pro has failed to fulfil their BOP while I have succeeded.


The resolution is negated.

Vote Con.

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6. https://www.fatsecret.com...
7. http://www.howmuchisin.com...
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Debate Round No. 1
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Posted by Diqiucun_Cunmin 1 year ago
Diqiucun_Cunmin
Con was the only one to make real arguments. Although the first argument was ad populum, the second clearly showed that French fries are superior in one aspect. Pro's only argument was baseless as he provided no evidence for the assertion that potatoes can be made into 'many' things; he simply stated one thing, French fries, which is unconvincing.
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Vote Placed by lannan13 1 year ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Con gave more evidence and reasons as to why.
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Reasons for voting decision: Con was the only one to provide a full fledged argument.