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stupidmidget
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repete21
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Is the glass half full?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/12/2007 Category: Arts
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Voting Period
Viewed: 2,285 times Debate No: 286
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stupidmidget

Pro

the glass would be half full because if the glass was half empty then the glass would be half of a glass. then it might be full.
repete21

Con

First off, you must clarify. Is there in fact an equal amount of 2 substances "in the glass"? Are you measuring all matter in the glass? Can a glass really "contain" something although it is not sealed? Only once you can answer these questions can your question be answered, also, I would like you to clarify your argument on being half of a glass. The glass is the container, not the substance in it, so regardless of how full or empty it is, it is always a whole glass, as long as it never undergoes any physical or chemical changes.

Thank you for starting this, this should be a very fun, and interesting debate.
Debate Round No. 1
stupidmidget

Pro

the glass is a mug and is half full of water. it has not undergone any chemical changes. the glass is 6 inches tall and the radius is 3 inches long. it is filled 2.5 inches because the glass has a base that is 1 inch thick and the glas's walls are .5 inches thick.
repete21

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If you could please answer ALL of my questions that would be great, because without all the questions answered, there is no way to tell what the glass is or isn't half full or empty at all, if you are measuring the matter in the glass, it is completely full, unless you remove the air above the liquid, then it is both half full (the liquid in the bottom of the cup) and half empty (the vacuum above the liquid), if you are measuring the liquid in the cup, the cup is in fact half full of liquid, but by the Merriam-Webster definition of empty 1 a: containing nothing, the glass is in fact half empty because you are measuring only the liquid, therefore, the air is irrelevant to your measurement, and is nothing, to prove my point, again from the M-W dictionary, the example following the definition a: containing nothing shows that "nothing" can be referring to air, or space not occupied by what should be occupying the space, in accordance with the object in which the occupation occurs in, so the top half does in fact contain "nothing" therefore making it empty, so although the glass can be half full, it can, at the same time, be half empty.
Debate Round No. 2
stupidmidget

Pro

there is only one substance in the glass. it is half of the glss. yes you are measuring all the matter. it can contain something even though it might be not be sealed. the glass is a mug and is half full of water. it has not undergone any chemical changes. the glass is 6 inches tall and the radius is 3 inches long. it is filled 2.5 inches because the glass has a base that is 1 inch thick and the glas's walls are .5 inches thick.

im sure i answered them all now.
repete21

Con

The glass is half full, and half empty, the space above the liquid is not occupied, therefore it is emty, the space is half of the glass, so half of the glass is empty : the glass is half empty, yes the glass is half full, but, as I have shown, it is undeniably half empty 100% of the time that it is half full.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Chuckles 6 years ago
Chuckles
haha, thanks, klashbash. It's something my dad likes to say, he says it's "an engineer's take on that classic question". glad i could bring meaning to life, haha. :D
Posted by iloveher666 7 years ago
iloveher666
what if it was half a glass
Posted by Klashbash 7 years ago
Klashbash
Chuckles, that is the most witty comeback I've heard in a long time. The question of our times has finally been answered with absolute certainty. Life has purpose after all! Hahaha. No really, that was really great.
Posted by Chuckles 7 years ago
Chuckles
it doesn't matter, the glass is still twice as big as it needs to be. :D
Posted by stupidmidget 7 years ago
stupidmidget
i too believe that you won its just that people are showing there true honest opinion.

so i would give the debate to repete21 but the people are voting for me so i voted for him.
Posted by JoeDSileo 7 years ago
JoeDSileo
Thats actually a question of grammer. The glass is half full if the last action to take place is filling it. The glass is half empty if the last action to take place is emptying it.
Posted by repete21 7 years ago
repete21
lol I figured I won since I beat the second part, but I guess it was overlooked in the voting
Posted by stupidmidget 7 years ago
stupidmidget
my opening argument was extremely idiotic. i would like to try to say what i was trying to say now.

"the glass would be half full because if the glass was half empty then the glass would be half of a glass."

i am trying to say that the glass would be half full and if it was cut in half wwith thwe same amount of liquid then the glass would be full of the substance.

"then it might be full."

i am just stating that the glass would be full when cut in half.

sorry for any confusion.
thank you all for looking at the debate and i thank Repete21 for taking it up.
Posted by Fenrir 7 years ago
Fenrir
It just depends on if your puring or drinking.
Posted by nrw 7 years ago
nrw
i kinda wanted to hear the optimism > pessimism debate

(half full = optimism; half empty = pessimism)
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