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This House would Register Super Humans.

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Started: 6/28/2014 Category: Society
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Resolution: This House would Register Super Humans.
Register: "15. To enter or cause to be entered formally in a register" [1]
Superhuman: "having powers above and beyond those of mankind" [2]
For example, an individual with advanced martial arts skills would not be required to register. However, an invidual with inhuman strength or the ability to glow would be required to register.

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Debate Round No. 1


This house would register super humans based on the principle of the greater good.
I define 'this house' as an Earth wide organization capable of protecting and maintaining a list of super humans.

I. Danger
Super humans can be a danger to themselves and those around them. It is important for the sake of innocent civilians that volatile super humans be kept out of public places until they are stable. "This house" would be responsible not only for keeping the registry, but also providing resources to registered super humans to help them handle their abilities.

II. Opportunity
Super human abilities often emerge in the tumultuous teen years. "This house" would be at the front lines of helping teens develop their abilities in safe ways, and protecting them from manipulative third parties that could lead young minds astray.

Protecting the public from super human outbursts and guiding young super humans are my top two reasons why we should register super humans.


1. Danger

I challenge my opponent to define "volatile". My opponent argues that superhumans should be kept out of public places, and I would like to know how they plan to do so. I cannot rebut this point without elaboration of this point.

2. Opportunity

My opponent states that superhuman abilities often emerge in teen years. This is not an established pattern to my knowledge. I challenge him to prove this theory. Even if such powers emerged in teen years, I argue that attempting to guide these teenagers will lead to a rebellious streak, counteracting the effort.

1. Unnecessary

I invite all to consider how many people fit into my opponent's description. The number is massive, but the population's true powers are underwhelming. The cost of maintaining a list of people who serve no threat to the population makes the endeavour a bewildering prospect. For example, I bring up Michel Lotito*. He possesses a power which, albeit above mankind's, is not a threat.
Debate Round No. 2


Clarification: The “would” in the resolution means that, in the case of super humans existing, this house would register them. Michel Lotito is an entertainer, not a super human. He eats bicycles by breaking them down into small pieces and drinking mineral oil [1]. There is no evidence of super humans existing currently.

I. Volatile: “tending or threatening to break out into open violence” [2] or a danger to others. For example: a super human with the ability to drain the oxygen out of a room.

II. Per the rules, I am not allowed to directly cite fiction. However, emotional situations are more intense for teenagers [3], which would lend super human teens to volatility.

I challenge my opponent to prove that offering guidance to teens causes a worse reaction than not offering guidance.

A. CON believes a registry in unnecessary because the majority of super humans would be harmless. This ignores the minority of super humans that risk endangering civilians and must be monitored.



1. First of all, my opponent has not stated how they would keep these superhumans out of public areas. Secondly, how is Michel Lotito not a superhuman? My opponent defined a superhuman as one having powers above and beyond those of mankind. Mr. Lotito has the ability to consume things without getting sick, which is a feat few, if any other people can lay claim to.

2. My opponent has been unable to cite evidence pertaining to the emergence of superpowers in teenagers. He instead has moved the goalposts to bring a new a reason into play, that superhuman teens are more volatile. I do not see how situations would be more volatile for teenagers, and adults would have more to lose when gaining superpowers.

A. I do not ignore the minority of superhumans that are dangerous, but such a minority hardly calls for a registry of the whole. If, instead, a registry of only volatile superhumans was created, such a system would be far more useful and cost-efficient in protecting the public.
Debate Round No. 3


I. Danger
Registration is the first step in identifying and keeping potentially volatile super humans out of situations that could result in mass casualties. Michel Lotito, as I mentioned earlier, was an entertainer. He used tricks and training to accomplish a mind boggling feat. This is no different than sword swallowers. Lotito was human.

II. Opportunity
Earlier, I cited that emotional situations are more intense for teenagers. CON's counter that adults would be more volatile is unsupported, and irrelevant. Adults would also be helped through the registry in the same way teens would.

A. Necessary
CON claims a complete registry is unnecessary, and calls for a registry of only volatile super humans. What party would draw the line between volatile and harmless? How super human abilities develop and what their application will be is difficult to predict. I agree it is unnecessary to register individuals such as Lotito, but he is not super human.

Thank you for a pleasant debate.


1. Danger
I would like to reiterate that my opponent has not explained his policy as to keeping the superhumans from public. Michel Lotito was not reliant upon tricks and training. He had a stomach lining that was twice as thick as the average person.* This would fall under my opponent's definition of a superhuman, as one with powers above and beyond those of mankind.

2. Opportunity
As I said, my opponent was unable to support that superpowers often emerge in the tumultuous teen years", and the only references were fictional.** The new statement that teenagers would be more volatile is irrelevant, and shows case shift.

A. Necessary
While it is difficult to predict superhuman development and application, the debate is supposedly "in the case of super humans existing". As for which powers are volatile, I would say that "this house" would be drawing the line, as my opponent has already given an example of in his second speech, "drain the oxygen out of a room".

Thank you for the debate
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by Poiyurt 3 years ago
Yeah, that would be good. We are doing a team fight, right?
Posted by ForSerious 3 years ago
Marvel vs. DC could be fun.
Would you be interested in agreeing on the parameters before hand?
Such as, each party gets to select X number heroes and those heroes must be well known enough to have shown up in television or movies within the last decade.
I felt like last time there were not enough rounds and the topic was too broad.
Posted by Poiyurt 3 years ago
By the way, if you are interested, I'd like to debate the Marvel vs. DC debate that you have done before with you.
Posted by Poiyurt 3 years ago

"Per the rules, I am not allowed to directly cite fiction."
Posted by ForSerious 3 years ago
Thanks for not sniping.

And the no citing fiction is to force people to come up with their own ideas, not just point out how it crashed and burned in fictional universes.
Posted by Wylted 3 years ago
Super humans do exist. Look at Phoenix Jones, who ironically enough is based out of Seattle.
Posted by Ragnar 3 years ago
No citing the source material this debate is based on... Mildly tempted to snipe this, by pointing out that since no Super Humans exist, creating government mandates on registering them would be a frivolous waste of tax dollars.
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro hobbled himself by removing fictional elements--as there are no superhumans he could point to in order to justify his position. The teen years point was irrelevant, as he couldn't prove WHEN these hypothetical superhumans would get their powers. He claimed that judging volatility was impractical, yet, we're dealing with a hypothetical set up by Pro. Con responded to all of Pro's points, and showed that a Pro had failed in his burden to to resolsution. Arguments to Con. As always, happy to clarify this RFD.