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Lordknukle
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8/21/2011 3:33:16 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
I noticed that in debates people use the word LD a lot. Sometimes they say, we will have an LD style debate. What does LD mean? I looked it up and somehow "learning disabled" doesn't fit in with the context.
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bluesteel
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8/21/2011 4:28:03 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 8/21/2011 3:33:16 PM, Lordknukle wrote:
I noticed that in debates people use the word LD a lot. Sometimes they say, we will have an LD style debate. What does LD mean? I looked it up and somehow "learning disabled" doesn't fit in with the context.

Lincoln-Douglas

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wjmelements
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8/23/2011 7:00:50 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Lincoln-Douglass is a value-oriented philosophical debating style. Like most debates, there is a resolution, but the debaters must uphold it or negate it in order to achieve a desirable value. L-D has cross-examination.

For more information, ask Wikipedia.
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RoyLatham
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8/24/2011 12:20:19 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
I think the whole idea behind LD is that debate should never be encumbered by facts. One thinks up a value, which can be anything, and then argues that the value supports the resolution. It encourages the ideas that pure baloney, so long as it is consistent, wins. It's for budding lawyers adverse to looking anything up.

Other than that it's fine.
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8/24/2011 12:23:20 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 8/24/2011 12:20:19 PM, RoyLatham wrote:
I think the whole idea behind LD is that debate should never be encumbered by facts. One thinks up a value, which can be anything, and then argues that the value supports the resolution. It encourages the ideas that pure baloney, so long as it is consistent, wins. It's for budding lawyers adverse to looking anything up.

Other than that it's fine.

But lawyers have to look up fact a lot. Young lawyers spend almost all their time analyzing fact and if they don't have factual basis to back up their claim , they will lose their case or have it thrown out of court.