The Instigator
vcheng
Con (against)
Losing
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The Contender
Danielle
Pro (for)
Winning
63 Points

space exploration is not a waste of money

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Danielle
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 1/27/2010 Category: Society
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 6,128 times Debate No: 10991
Debate Rounds (5)
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vcheng

Con

i will let the pro side state their arguement first
Danielle

Pro

-- Intro --

While I do believe the instigator (in this case, Con) has the burden of proof, I guess I have no choice but to begin making my case. Since we have a lot of rounds, I'll begin with citing just a few points - pros and benefits - to investing in space exploration. I look forward to Con's rebuttal and making points of his own. Thanks in advance to Con for his participation in this debate.

1. Truth

Truth about science and other things exist before humanity ever discovers it. Just as humanity was ignorant to most truths such as facts about the planets, solar system, outter space, gravity, etc. we are still ignorant to a lot of scientific data that could answer many of our questions and reveal more of nature's truth. Information about science can help us become more innovative regarding technology, and answer many fundamental questions that may even enlighten us or help us answer other questions or dictate new philosophy in the area of mathematics, physics and even ethics. Knowledge is power, and knowledge is righteous. To limit our understanding of the universe limits our potential as human beings and prevents us from being the best we can be. And who knows - we may even find (intelligent) life on other planets.

2. Raw Materials

Through exploring space, we may find new minerals including previous raw materials (rocks or other resources) that could help us here on earth. They could help us profit or better take care of our planet and/or ensure the survival of our species. It might also help us become more eco-friendly.

3. Desire

Many people have an appetite for action-adventure and seek fulfillment in taking big and exciting risks. Space exploration often satisfies this goal for lucky people.

4. Money

While it's true that space exploration can be expensive, it's also true that the industry creates thousands of jobs. I can also argue that the investment returns are worth it for the definite and probable gains. I'll expand on this issue further if my opponent brings it up.

-- Re-cap /Conclusion --

"Any information that can be gained from further [space exploration] is vast... [it can help us] determine how life developed in the solar system, where it may have existed, whether extant life forms exist beyond Earth, and in what ways life modifies planetary environments as well as understand how physical and chemical processes determine the main characteristics of the planets, and their environments.... Thereby illuminating the workings of the Earth, learn how the Sun's retinue of planets originated and evolved, explore the terrestrial space environment to discover what potential hazards to the Earth may exist, discover how the basic laws of physics and chemistry can lead to the diverse phenomena observed in complex systems" [1]. This scientific information can, of course, answer questions about the 'bigger picture' and perhaps help answer some basic human questions such as: Why are we here? In addition, the industry helps create jobs and serves as a useful investment insofar as the gains we can have (technology, science, raw materials, money, etc.). I suppose I'll leave it at that for now. Good luck, Con.

[1] http://www.users.muohio.edu...
Debate Round No. 1
vcheng

Con

vcheng forfeited this round.
Danielle

Pro

As expected, Con forfeited the last round. Extend my arguments until next time.
Debate Round No. 2
vcheng

Con

vcheng forfeited this round.
Danielle

Pro

Please extend my arguments.
Debate Round No. 3
vcheng

Con

vcheng forfeited this round.
Danielle

Pro

Unfortunately my opponent has forfeited practically every single round of this debate. He's put forth no arguments and no rebuttal.
Debate Round No. 4
vcheng

Con

vcheng forfeited this round.
Danielle

Pro

Unfortunately my opponent has forfeited practically every single round of this debate. He's STILL put forth no arguments and no rebuttal. Please vote Con - thank you.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by Danielle 7 years ago
Danielle
I think you're behind those accounts. You seem to be stalking all of my debates, commenting on them and commenting on how other people are voting. You're the one who's paranoid :)
Posted by Kenostic 7 years ago
Kenostic
Note: i did too!
Posted by Kenostic 7 years ago
Kenostic
Uh, as for that comment in our argument, i don't see how Khalitsa or ciphermind are bombing you... Khaylitsa gave you a 7 and cipher didn't even vote on your debates! I think you are being paranoid.
Posted by Danielle 7 years ago
Danielle
Whoops - the last round should have said Pro lol
Posted by Ore_Ele 7 years ago
Ore_Ele
I'm afraid I don't understand what that means.
Posted by Freeman 7 years ago
Freeman
[-1] [-2] if I could.
Posted by Ore_Ele 7 years ago
Ore_Ele
The whole debate hinges on the definition of word "waste."
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