The Instigator
ccstate4peat
Pro (for)
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The Contender
ToastOfDestiny
Con (against)
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why?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 5/28/2009 Category: Science
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Debate Rounds (2)
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ToastOfDestiny

Con

Because it happens.
Debate Round No. 1
ccstate4peat

Pro

Because it happens does not explain why it happens. I would respond with, why not?
ToastOfDestiny

Con

Dictionary.Com defines "why" as
"For what? for what reason, cause, or purpose?"

My opponent brings up two arguments. The first argument states that "because it happens" does not suitably answer the question "why". He then claims 'because' can be countered with "why not". I will answer these two claims in order.

Let it be noted that my opponent never states how "why not" counters the statement "because". For the purpose of my case, I will assume that he made a proper argument for its use, but when voting, remember this argument was never made.

Let's start with the validity of 'because' as an answer. My opponent asks me "for what reason, cause or purpose." My simple answer is the universal reason: because it happens. In its essence, this is the ultimate open-ended response to any question. 'Because' can explain any situation, and is defined by Webster's as "By or for the cause". If we look at the definition, we see that 'because' addresses the cause for an event, immediately solving for the question "why".

"Why does it rain?"
"Why is it hot?"
"Why are you wearing that hat?"

"Because."

Of course, because can fit negative questions.

"Why doesn't it rain?"
"Why isn't it hot?"
"Why aren't you wearing that hat?"

"Because."

Furthermore, because can be expanded upon to fit the situation, which, as Pro demands, explains why.

"Why does it rain?"
"Because water gains heat, turns into vapor, floats into the atmosphere, loses heat, becomes liquid, and rains back to the earth."

"Why isn't it hot?"
"Because we're in Antarctica, which does not receive much solar energy."

"Why are you wearing that hat?"
"Because my grandfather gave it to me."

On to the why/why not dilemma.

"Why" asks for what reason/cause/purpose something happens. "Why not" asks what prevents a situation from happening. However, if I explain the reason/cause/purpose behind something, that tells why it doesn't happen.

For example:
"Why are you wearing that red hat?"
"Because this red hat looks good on me,"
"Why not wear the yellow one?"
"Because this red hat looks good on me,"

As we can see, that "why" and "why not" are essentially asking for the same thing, a cause. Because provides this cause.

You should vote Con for one main reason. The only point Pro makes is that because something happens doesn't explain why it happens. I, however, show how because can be tailored to fit any question. Think of because as a raw material, like iron. It can be forged into whatever tool is needed, be it pickaxe, saw, or spoon. Because I solve for the only argument that Pro makes, this debate should go Con. Furthermore, I answer the question Pro asks. He asks me to provide a reason/cause/purpose. I provide the ultimate reason.

Thank you!
Debate Round No. 2
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Posted by Lightkeeper 7 years ago
Lightkeeper
Why? Because it happens. Why X? Because X happens. X has a tendency to happen and that explains why X has happened.

Con has answered Pro's question. Better argument to Con. The rest is equal.
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