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Johntelson
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ThreePointOneFour
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Ghosts are real.

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Started: 3/28/2014 Category: Society
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Johntelson

Pro

Ghosts have been feared almost since the beginning of humanity. People who do not believe in ghosts still tend to be afraid of them when stories about them are told. if they do not believe in these beings why should they worry about encountering them. Is not believing in ghost an attempt for people to escape the idea of life after death?
ThreePointOneFour

Con


I would like to thank Pro for offering this interesting topic for debate. In a debate like this it is easy for the debaters to unnecessarily bog down into ambiguous semantics. For that reason it is crucial to agree on the definitions of the terms of the objects to be debated.



Ghost:

1: the seat of life or intelligence : Soul ghost>


2: a disembodied soul; especially : the soul of a dead person believed to be an inhabitant of the unseen world or to appear to the living in bodily likeness


3: SPIRIT; DEMON


Source: The Merriam-Webster Dictionary



When debating any issue, there is an implicit burden of proof on the person asserting a claim. Pro asserts “Ghosts are real” and bears the full burden of proving his claim to the extent that there could be no "reasonable doubt" in the mind of a reasonable person. I will soundly challenge any of Pro’s claims that fail to rise to that standard of proof.



We humans are the most successful organism yet to evolve. We are not the strongest or the fastest of the animals but we possess a very large brain. It is our higher consciousness combined with the unique ability to imagine and think abstractly that separates us from other animal species. We are successful because of our reasoning capabilities. Our reasoning is based largely on inference and induction. We survived the dangers of ancient African Savannah by inferring the sound of a twig breaking was a large hungry predator approaching and reacting instantly we would flee. If our inference was wrong there few consequences but if we failed to use imagination and inference we’d be eaten and would not be here to talk about it.



As our species grew we noticed the patterns of nature. We noticed that things die. We also dreamed. We dreamed and saw visions about being eaten by big cats or other humans. We dreamed about loved ones and when those loved ones died we dreamed about them. It is our human nature to follow patterns and when those patterns are broken we experience a dissonance and a strong desire to fix that broken pattern. It is likely that when we dreamt of a family member that died we would believe that they had come back, and when we woke they disappeared. Therefore this is a plausible explanation for the origin of ghosts but not the only one.



Concerning fear of ghosts, people fear what they don’t understand. We all start out ignorant. Some of us stay that way.


Debate Round No. 1
Johntelson

Pro

Johntelson forfeited this round.
ThreePointOneFour

Con

It looks like my refutation of Pro's claim is unchallenged. I would like to encourage Pro to share his arguments even though he failed to comment in round one.
Debate Round No. 2
Johntelson

Pro

Johntelson forfeited this round.
ThreePointOneFour

Con

ThreePointOneFour forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
Johntelson

Pro

Johntelson forfeited this round.
ThreePointOneFour

Con


It looks like my refutation of Pro's claim is unchallenged. I would like to encourage Pro to share his arguments even though he failed to comment in round three.

Debate Round No. 4
Johntelson

Pro

Johntelson forfeited this round.
ThreePointOneFour

Con

ThreePointOneFour forfeited this round.
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