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shaduwarsenaal
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HomelySherlock
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Is the virus a living organism

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HomelySherlock
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 4/20/2015 Category: Science
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Debate Rounds (5)
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shaduwarsenaal

Pro

Some people stat that a virus is not alive because it does not meet all the criteria for life. For example: a virus cannot reproduce. However, there are many technicalities you have to go around to hold that answer. Are y'all up to the challenge of disproving me?
HomelySherlock

Con

Alright, I'll accept this debate. It's my second debate, though, so if I break any rules let me know.
Debate Round No. 1
shaduwarsenaal

Pro

To start, viruses cannot reproduce by themselves but use bacteria to do this. By using bacteria to reproduce, an argument can be made that viruses can technically reproduce. Unfortunately, the man who came up with the four criteria for life did not take such things into consideration.
HomelySherlock

Con

Reproduction is defined as the production of offspring using a sexual or asexual process. The method of producing viruses you gave is not sexual or asexual but rather a host cell creating new viruses, thus being "technically" NOT reproduction.
Debate Round No. 2
shaduwarsenaal

Pro

Oh, like your argument, kid. It just has one thing wrong. What is your social security number? Who is your lawyer? And where the heck do you live?
HomelySherlock

Con

Back to the debate, please.
Debate Round No. 3
shaduwarsenaal

Pro

shaduwarsenaal forfeited this round.
HomelySherlock

Con

HomelySherlock forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
shaduwarsenaal

Pro

Let me tell you something, kid. You cannot scientifically prove that a virus is not a living organism. The only thing science has proven is that it cannot prove anything.
HomelySherlock

Con

Paradox. Google it. Thanks for wasting my time.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by shaduwarsenaal 1 year ago
shaduwarsenaal
Paradox- a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true.
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Vote Placed by 9spaceking 1 year ago
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Reasons for voting decision: pro went off topic and lost track of his argument.
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