Does Australia exist?
Debate Rounds (4)
I'd like to thank my opponent, Clashnboom, for accepting this debate.
Australia definition: "Continent of the eastern hemisphere SE of Asia & S of the equator area2,948,366 square miles (7,665,751 square kilometers)"
Exist definition: "To have actual being : to be real"
Full Resolution: "The continent known as Australia exists"
Please do not go into semantics with the definitions, like claiming it exists in ones mind. We are talking about whether the continent is real or not in objective reality.
Rules (Made by bsh1 and edited slightly):
1. No forfeits
2. Any citations or sources must be used within the character limit of the debate
3. No new arguments in the final round
4. Maintain a civil and decorous atmosphere
5. No trolling or semantics
6. No K's of the topic
7. My opponent accepts all of the following definitions and waives his/her right to challenge these definitions
8. The BOP is shared
9. Both debaters must follow this format:
R2: Arguments (No rebuttals)
R3: Rebuttals and arguments
R4: Conclusions (No new arguments or rebuttals in this round)
10. Violation of any of these rules or of any of the R1 set-up merits a loss of a conduct point and due to the severity of the breach may merit an entire forfeit of the debate
Thank you and good luck.
What does no K's of the topic and the BOP is shared mean? (I told you I was a noob.)
when you said "My opponent accepts all of the following definitions and waives his/her right to challenge these definitions" does that mean I can't provide any definitions?
Currently no evidence exists to prove that Australia is real. My rounds will be mostly rebuttals, so I eagerly await my opponent's main arguments. My argument will essentially go like this:
P1: If there is no good evidence for a claim, it probably doesn't exist
P2: There is no good evidence for Australia
Conclusion: Therefore, Australia probably doesn't exist.
P1: This is just using logic. If there is no evidence for unicorns, we would believe they probably do not exist. Same goes for fairies, Bigfoot, etc... Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence to back them up. Australia is definitely an extraordinary claim, and thus must have evidence for it in order for people who reasonably believe it.
P2: This will be determined by what my opponent brings to the table in terms of arguments. Essentially, if I can't rebut the evidence or show why it's faulty then I'll concede this point.
The conclusion follows logically from the premises.
Thanks for reading, good luck!
I cannot change the rules as they directly say that we *must* flow that format. In addition, it would be unfair if Pro were allowed to post his arguments in the final round then rebut mine as then I would not have a chance to rebut his. This gives him an extra round of rebuttals which I do not receive, giving him an unfair advantage. If Pro thought he wouldn't be able to post anything in this debate until round 4 then he should not have accepted it.
Remember: If pro posts *any* arguments in the final round he has severely violated the rules and it should lead to a full forfeit. My opponent can put arguments and rebuttals in his next round though (As the rules say.)
I extend all (uncontested) arguments.
1. Photographic evidence.
There are multiple pictures of Australia as seen below.
There are alot of detailed maps of Australia drown as seen below. Meaning it is hard for all that to just be an imagination of someone.
There are about 23,586,200 people currently in Australia and about 4,562,179 in New Zealand.
Arcanas forfeited this round.
1 votes has been placed for this debate.
Vote Placed by tejretics 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Con's sole argument was that there is no evidence for the existence of Australia; Pro refuted it by presenting satellite imagery of Australia, proving its objective existence as a geographic island, continent and nation. Conduct is tied because both sides forfeited. Pro used the only sources.
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