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Kleptin
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2/23/2012 11:52:26 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
1. Debates in which people are not allowed to use sources. All information must be first-hand. Judged as normal. Example: Pro/Con Abortion, all statements must either be common knowledge, easily derived, or the result of first person research.

2. Debates in which people argue as other people. Judged based on how closely a person mimics their assigned character in terms of philosophy, style, and beliefs. Example: Professor X vs Magneto, The role of Mutants in human society.

3. Debates in which a key component of reality is altered. Example: Pro/Con Abortion, if Humans no longer died.
: At 5/2/2010 2:43:54 PM, innomen wrote:
It isn't about finding a theory, philosophy or doctrine and thinking it's the answer, but a practical application of one's experiences that is the answer.

: At 10/28/2010 2:40:07 PM, jharry wrote: I have already been given the greatest Gift that anyone could ever hope for [Life], I would consider myself selfish if I expected anything more.
Zaradi
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2/23/2012 11:53:33 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 2/23/2012 11:52:26 PM, Kleptin wrote:
1. Debates in which people are not allowed to use sources. All information must be first-hand. Judged as normal. Example: Pro/Con Abortion, all statements must either be common knowledge, easily derived, or the result of first person research.

2. Debates in which people argue as other people. Judged based on how closely a person mimics their assigned character in terms of philosophy, style, and beliefs. Example: Professor X vs Magneto, The role of Mutants in human society.

3. Debates in which a key component of reality is altered. Example: Pro/Con Abortion, if Humans no longer died.

Second and third interest me the most. The concept of the second more than the pairing, since I don't know too much about X-Men.
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Maikuru
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2/23/2012 11:55:32 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
I love these ideas and I demand more immediately. Having no creativity personally, I will not be contributing but rather judging from the sidelines.
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wiploc
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2/24/2012 12:23:25 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 2/23/2012 11:52:26 PM, Kleptin wrote:
1. Debates in which people are not allowed to use sources. All information must be first-hand. Judged as normal. Example: Pro/Con Abortion, all statements must either be common knowledge, easily derived, or the result of first person research.

I like this one.
airmax1227
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2/24/2012 1:34:40 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
2 syllable limit per word.

As someone who likes to use multisyllabic words extraneously, this would be a challenge.
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2/24/2012 1:50:22 AM
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At 2/24/2012 1:42:23 AM, BlackVoid wrote:
Debate without using the word "the".

Debates without using polysyllable words sounds like a laugh to me.
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2/24/2012 5:49:55 PM
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3. Debates in which a key component of reality is altered. Example: Pro/Con Abortion, if Humans no longer died.

I, personally, really like this one.
ConservativePolitico
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2/24/2012 7:09:55 PM
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At 2/24/2012 5:49:55 PM, UnStupendousMan wrote:
3. Debates in which a key component of reality is altered. Example: Pro/Con Abortion, if Humans no longer died.

I, personally, really like this one.

They already have these.
The wise have eyes in their heads, while the fool walks in the darkness; but I came to realizethat the same fate overtakes them both.
Then I said to myself,
"The fate of the fool will overtake me also.
What then do I gain by being wise?"
I said to myself, "This too is meaningless."
For the wise, like the fool, will not be long remembered;
the days have already come when both have been forgotten.
Like the fool, the wise too must die!
- Ecclesiastes 2:14-16
Kleptin
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2/24/2012 8:53:40 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
I really like the syllable limit requirement one XD
: At 5/2/2010 2:43:54 PM, innomen wrote:
It isn't about finding a theory, philosophy or doctrine and thinking it's the answer, but a practical application of one's experiences that is the answer.

: At 10/28/2010 2:40:07 PM, jharry wrote: I have already been given the greatest Gift that anyone could ever hope for [Life], I would consider myself selfish if I expected anything more.
RoyLatham
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2/25/2012 10:16:21 AM
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I dunno, seems like way too much free time ...

A debate in which all arguments use words having "e" as the only vowel. There is a novel written using only "e."

International Talk Like a Pirate Day is coming up in September. The basic rules are given on the Talk Like a Pirate website. Use Arrr ... not Arrgh ... Half the debate points for substance and half for the quality of pirate talk.

A debate using only false or fanciful references, such as articles in The Onion.

A debate with all arguments in rhymed couplets.

A twitter debate: five rounds of 140 characters.

In celebration of the elections, a debate using as many trite and hackneyed phrases as possible.