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TheSymbiote
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Does The Ant Know How Big The World Is?

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Evan_Of_Hearts
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/9/2015 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Debate Rounds (5)
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Evan_Of_Hearts

Pro

Round 1 is acceptance. Round 2 is argument, Rounds 3 and 4 are rebuttal, Round 5 is conclusion.
TheSymbiote

Con

Thank you for this opportunity. I am glad that you have some consideration for others. I accept this debate.
Debate Round No. 1
Evan_Of_Hearts

Pro

World - 2). A part or aspect of a person's life or of the natural features of the earth, in particular
-A person's life and activities
*For the sake of the argument, I am to consider the ant as a person.

The ant knows how big the world is because the ant's world is limited. As humans we know our world is much bigger than the ants, but to the ants that world does not exist beyond their own. The ants have a limited capacity to understand what is around them beyond the aspect of their life. But because they do understand what is around them relative to themselves, that is their world, and they know how big it is.

Con, please submit your argument without rebuttals.
TheSymbiote

Con

The ant. Formicidae in latin, is non aware of the world. The ant was born by the queen and it lives in its nest. That world is the only world it knows. The ant grows and develops, then it is released into the world. The ant turns into a slave or "worker" for the queen. The queen breeds and the process goes on. That ant will not step its boundaries. The ants that go find food understand that the little patch of grass or the area of living room they live in is their only world. Ants will not communicate. It has been show they are actually barbaric and kill eachother if food is not found. The ant understands their world but not our world. The ant is inferior to us. Some ants dont know what a human is. It could be where we are the ants and there is something bigger. We could be a speck of dust on an asteriod. We are limited beacuse we dont know. Like the ant we dont understand the real world. Our world may not be our reality. There is always something bigger and there is always something smaller. We dont know
Debate Round No. 2
Evan_Of_Hearts

Pro

"The ant understands their world but not our world."

I would like to point out the structure of the debate question: Does the ant know how big the world is?
'The' is used to make a generalized reference to something rather than identifying a particular instance.
'World' is a part or aspect of a person's life or of the natural features of the earth, in particular
-A person's life and activities

The ants world, although limited, is still the world. It does not matter if the ant knows how big the human world is, because the question was structured to apply the ant to'the world', not 'the human world.' It's a matter of technicalities.
TheSymbiote

Con

TheSymbiote forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
Evan_Of_Hearts

Pro

Con forfeited round 3, therefore I am unable to give a counter-rebuttal.
TheSymbiote

Con

TheSymbiote forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
Evan_Of_Hearts

Pro

I am still unable to give a rebuttal due to Con's forfeiture.
TheSymbiote

Con

TheSymbiote forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by footballchris561 1 year ago
footballchris561
The key word is 'know'. The ant and human share a world. To claim the ant knows how big the world is, is to claim that the ant has the same knowledge as a human regarding the size of the world.
Posted by Daniel_Nemes 1 year ago
Daniel_Nemes
The answer is "No". An ant's world is vastly limited to it's own experiences. Ants all have primal instincts and there primary goal during their short life is to follow and act upon those instincts. Another debate is the matter of sentience.
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Vote Placed by lannan13 1 year ago
lannan13
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