The Instigator
williamblah
Pro (for)
Losing
8 Points
The Contender
studentathletechristian8
Con (against)
Winning
9 Points

I will not contradict myself.

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studentathletechristian8
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/25/2009 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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williamblah

Pro

I sincerely hope Nails will not mind me attempting his debate, and using his description of the argument below, as I would relish the challenge!

1. CON must post 10 questions, directed at PRO, that could be answered with a 'yes' or 'no' or else CON loses. This does not apply to the final round.

2. PRO must respond to all questions posed by CON in some manner or else PRO loses.

3. If PRO's response does not give any opinion (e.g. "I don't know" or "I'm not sure"), then CON is entitled to another question next round. This is the only reason CON may post more than 10 questions.

4. PRO wins if he is found never to have contradicted himself. Likewise, CON wins if he can prove that PRO has contradicted himself.

5. Only statements made by PRO in rounds 2, 3, and 4 of this debate are subject to be examined for contradiction. No outside sources (my profile, previous debates, etc.) are applicable. Statements made by PRO in this debate not in direct response to any question posed by CON are still applicable.
studentathletechristian8

Con

I thank my opponent for the debate.

1. Do you believe homosexuals should have the same rights as heterosexuals?

2. Do you support the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy?

3. In times of conflict, should liberty be valued over security?

4. Do you believe people should live in accordance to their biological imperatives?

5. Do you think it is dumb when guys fight over girls?

6. Do you support patriotism?

7. Do you support the writings of The Constitution of the United States?

8. Do you make fun of people with disabilities?

9. Should the federal government be in charge of the definitions of words?

10. Do you support homosexual marriage?
Debate Round No. 1
williamblah

Pro

1. Do you believe homosexuals should have the same rights as heterosexuals?
Yes I do.

2. Do you support the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy?
No I don't.

3. In times of conflict, should liberty be valued over security?
I think this question is far to general to answer with yes or no. I believe, for example when looking at levels of security to impose, that the gain in welfare resulting from an extra "unit" of security should be compared with the resultant loss of welfare caused by the restriction of liberty. Maximum levels of welfare should be attempted.

4. Do you believe people should live in accordance to their biological imperatives?

Definition of biological imperatives: Biological imperatives are the needs of living organisms required to perpetuate their existence: to survive. [1]

I do not believe people should consciously choose to live in accordance to their biological imperatives, if that is the meaning of your question. I believe that biological imperatives remain an underlying force, whilst conscious thought can swing peoples actions by introducing ulterior motives. For example, I believe that once upon a time, in the early years of the human race, as our species was evolving and developing, those who found sexual intercourse to be pleasurable survived. This resulted in the members of our species finding sexual intercourse pleasurable. And now, people will have sexual intercourse not in an attempt to "perpetuate their existence", but simply for the pleasure.

5. Do you think it is dumb when guys fight over girls?
No.

6. Do you support patriotism?

Definition of patriotism: love of country and willingness to sacrifice for it [2]

No I do not support patriotism.

7. Do you support the writings of The Constitution of the United States?

I am from the UK, and have never read The Constitution of the United States. Please send another question!

8. Do you make fun of people with disabilities?

I have done, although it is nothing I try and make a habit of.

9. Should the federal government be in charge of the definitions of words?

No, they would probably screw them up.

10. Do you support homosexual marriage?

Yes.

Sources:
[1] http://en.wikipedia.org...
[2] http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu...

Thank you for your questions, I look forward to your reply! (This is my first debate on this website, please let me know if there are any errors in citing sources etc)
studentathletechristian8

Con

1. Can you swim?

2. Do you believe war is justified?

3. Should liberty be valued over life in times of conflict?

4. Do you eat meat?

5. Do you support nationalism?

6. Do you support gay marriage?

7. Do you support Adolf Hitler?

8. Have you ever plagiarized?

9. Is the Bible a good source of morality?

10. Do you expect people to be generous towards others?

My opponent asked me to send an additional question, so here it is:
Do you support the actions of Abe Lincoln and FDR?
Debate Round No. 2
williamblah

Pro

1. Can you swim?
Yes

2. Do you believe war is justified?
No

3. Should liberty be valued over life in times of conflict?
I do not understand the meaning of the term "life" in this question. If the meaning of "life" is synonymous with the meaning of "security" in Question 3 of the previous round, please refer to the following answer:

I think this question is far to general to answer with yes or no. I believe, for example when looking at levels of security to impose, that the gain in welfare resulting from an extra "unit" of security should be compared with the resultant loss of welfare caused by the restriction of liberty. Maximum levels of welfare should be attempted.

If it has a different meaning, please reword the question.

4. Do you eat meat?
yes

5. Do you support nationalism?
No I do not support nationalism

6. Do you support gay marriage?
Yes

7. Do you support Adolf Hitler?
No

8. Have you ever plagiarized?
Yes, my GCSE Chemistry coursework was partly copied from somebody else.

9. Is the Bible a good source of morality?
No

10. Do you expect people to be generous towards others?
No

My opponent asked me to send an additional question, so here it is:
Do you support the actions of Abe Lincoln and FDR?
No
studentathletechristian8

Con

studentathletechristian8 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
williamblah

Pro

I don't have any questions to answer.
studentathletechristian8

Con

studentathletechristian8 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
williamblah

Pro

williamblah forfeited this round.
studentathletechristian8

Con

studentathletechristian8 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by williamblah 6 years ago
williamblah
Seeing as CON didn't point out any place where I contradicted myself, I would love to hear where I did for all you voting towards him.

Just because I don't support one thing doesn't mean I have to support its opposite!
Posted by mongeese 6 years ago
mongeese
Interesting...?
Posted by mongeese 7 years ago
mongeese
All points to PRO due to forfeits.
Posted by studentathletechristian8 7 years ago
studentathletechristian8
Nails, he implied to do that every round. You really need to understand how this works before you make up crap about contradiction debates.
Posted by Nails 7 years ago
Nails
That was a little slip-up that came up in my debate. The words 'per round' should be in that rule, but aren't.
Posted by Nails 7 years ago
Nails
Yea, this certainly wasn't my idea originally.

Also,
"1. CON must post 10 questions, directed at PRO, that could be answered with a 'yes' or 'no' or else CON loses. This does not apply to the final round."

CON has posted far more than 10 questions. This would mean CON lost even if he didn't forfeit.
Posted by williamblah 7 years ago
williamblah
Apologies wjmelement, all credit to you! I hope that's ok!
Posted by mongeese 7 years ago
mongeese
It's wjmelement's debate, not Nail's.
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