The Instigator
prettymuchpro
Pro (for)
Losing
1 Points
The Contender
DakotaKrafick
Con (against)
Winning
15 Points

Are ghosts real?

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DakotaKrafick
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/20/2012 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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prettymuchpro

Pro

Ghosts are real, and there's absolutely no denying it. What we have to see here is that there are already countless TV shows and movies that prove it such as Ghost Hunters and Supernatural.

The media has proven to display the truth throughout history in that it also provides the news. News is unbiased, and informative. Therefore, if ghosts are on the TV, and the TV is reliable in that it provides news, ghosts must be real.
DakotaKrafick

Con

Thank you, Pro, for reminding me why I don't have cable.

My opponent's arguments can be broken down like this:

1. Ghosts are shown on TV shows.
2. Everything shown on TV is real.
3. Therefore, Ghosts are real.

The first premise is not in dispute, but the second definitely is. He explains his curiously horrible second premise with a sub-argument:

1. If TV broadcasts truthful, unbiased news, then everything shown on TV is true.
2. TV broadcasts truthful, unbiased news.
3. Therefore, everything shown on TV is true.

Even leniently ignoring the "truthful, unbiased" bit (I'm looking at you, FOX), this argument still crumbles.

The first premise of this argument is an error in inductive reasoning. It assumes that because a (relatively small) portion of everything shown on TV is true, then literally everything shown on TV is true. Logically, we know this is not necessarily true, as such a limited testing group cannot be extrapolated to account for everything (ie, Every girl I've ever met has been single; this must mean EVERY girl in THE ENTIRE WORLD is single, right? No...). And realistically, we know this is not true, because we know TV is a primary source for much fiction.

In conclusion, vote Con, or I will lose all faith in humanity.
Debate Round No. 1
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by Zaradi 2 years ago
Zaradi
Yeah I voted pro because everything on tv and the internet is true. I mean, it has to be true to be put up there, right!?!?
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Vote Placed by imabench 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: "In conclusion, vote Con, or I will lose all faith in humanity." All i needed to hear, i gave him a mercy point
Vote Placed by Maikuru 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro's point is baseless assumption. Con dismantles it.
Vote Placed by phantom 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: "News is unbiased, and informative." Yuze be trolling?!?!
Vote Placed by 1dustpelt 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro's argument is flawed. Not everything on TV is real. Just because ghosts are on a TV show then it's real? So you say superman is real just because he's on TV?