Total Posts:17|Showing Posts:1-17
Jump to topic:

Do you know the subjects you debate?

MouthWash
Posts: 2,607
Add as Friend
Challenge to a Debate
Send a Message
5/18/2012 12:31:18 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
I don't know anything about certain subjects, but I find myself quite capable of debating them by simply looking it up on Google. It can't compare to actually knowing the subject, but it's still possible to win a debate (a good example would be my debate on tariffs: http://www.debate.org...). Do other people do this a lot?
"Well, that gives whole new meaning to my assassination. If I was going to die anyway, perhaps I should leave the Bolsheviks' descendants some Christmas cookies instead of breaking their dishes and vodka bottles in their sleep." -Tsar Nicholas II (YYW)
phantom
Posts: 6,774
Add as Friend
Challenge to a Debate
Send a Message
5/18/2012 12:34:21 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Unlike allot of people it seems, one of the biggest reasons I debate is to learn, thus I often don't care if I don't know about the subject.
"Music is a zen-like ecstatic state where you become the new man of the future, the Nietzschean merger of Apollo and Dionysus." Ray Manzarek (The Doors)
imabench
Posts: 21,216
Add as Friend
Challenge to a Debate
Send a Message
5/18/2012 12:38:57 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Know them? Hell I make them up and THEN debate them
Kevin24018 : "He's just so mean it makes me want to ball up my fists and stamp on the ground"

7/14/16 = The Presidency Dies

DDO: THE MOVIE = http://www.debate.org...
http://www.debate.org...

VP of DDO from Dec 14th 2014 to Jan 1st 2015
Maikuru
Posts: 9,112
Add as Friend
Challenge to a Debate
Send a Message
5/18/2012 12:43:04 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
I enjoy reading debates about subjects I know little about but writing arguments is a different story. I find it very hard to maintain my attention on a debate over multiple rounds if the topic isn't something I'm already familiar with and interested in.
"You assume I wouldn't want to burn this whole place to the ground."
- lamerde

https://i.imgflip.com...
F-16_Fighting_Falcon
Posts: 18,324
Add as Friend
Challenge to a Debate
Send a Message
5/18/2012 12:44:19 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Most of the topics I debate, I know a little bit about them but not all the fine details. Debating those topics encourages me to research and learn everything I can about them.
OMGJustinBieber
Posts: 3,484
Add as Friend
Challenge to a Debate
Send a Message
5/18/2012 12:45:33 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
The topic has got to be something that interests me, but lately I just notice that certain arguments (usually philosophy) have just been done really well by some users and they just seem to get parroted around and I can barely stand to read some topics anymore because its just recycled material. Also, in really contentious debates everyone just votes along with their original opinion.
tvellalott
Posts: 10,864
Add as Friend
Challenge to a Debate
Send a Message
5/18/2012 12:46:31 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
The only things I'm remotely informed about are technology-type subjects (games, hardware, ect). I mostly fly by the seat of my pants.
"Caitlyn Jenner is an incredibly brave and stunningly beautiful woman."

Muh threads
Using mafia tactics in real-life: http://www.debate.org...
6 years of DDO: http://www.debate.org...
imabench
Posts: 21,216
Add as Friend
Challenge to a Debate
Send a Message
5/18/2012 12:47:26 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 5/18/2012 12:45:33 AM, OMGJustinBieber wrote:
The topic has got to be something that interests me, but lately I just notice that certain arguments (usually philosophy) have just been done really well by some users and they just seem to get parroted around and I can barely stand to read some topics anymore because its just recycled material. Also, in really contentious debates everyone just votes along with their original opinion.

Uh oh, sounds like you have end stage of forum posting stage on DDO.
(all explained below)
http://www.debate.org...
Kevin24018 : "He's just so mean it makes me want to ball up my fists and stamp on the ground"

7/14/16 = The Presidency Dies

DDO: THE MOVIE = http://www.debate.org...
http://www.debate.org...

VP of DDO from Dec 14th 2014 to Jan 1st 2015
BlackVoid
Posts: 9,170
Add as Friend
Challenge to a Debate
Send a Message
5/18/2012 12:59:34 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Most of my debates I know stuff about, but Ive done a few topics that I literally knew nothing about just to force myself to research something.
Stephen_Hawkins
Posts: 5,316
Add as Friend
Challenge to a Debate
Send a Message
5/18/2012 1:48:54 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
I'm not a fan of other people doing it in a lot of cases when you don't want to have to go over the very basics of an idea and explain the very minor points where someone is wrong (e.g. that a constitution needs to be written in one document and unchangeable, when debating the value of the UK constitution).
Give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. Teach him how to be Gay, he'll positively influence the GDP.

Social Contract Theory debate: http://www.debate.org...
MouthWash
Posts: 2,607
Add as Friend
Challenge to a Debate
Send a Message
5/18/2012 1:51:24 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 5/18/2012 12:45:33 AM, OMGJustinBieber wrote:
The topic has got to be something that interests me, but lately I just notice that certain arguments (usually philosophy) have just been done really well by some users and they just seem to get parroted around and I can barely stand to read some topics anymore because its just recycled material. Also, in really contentious debates everyone just votes along with their original opinion.

I do have some original philosophical arguments (my only true area of knowledge), but I'm scared of losing.
"Well, that gives whole new meaning to my assassination. If I was going to die anyway, perhaps I should leave the Bolsheviks' descendants some Christmas cookies instead of breaking their dishes and vodka bottles in their sleep." -Tsar Nicholas II (YYW)
OberHerr
Posts: 13,062
Add as Friend
Challenge to a Debate
Send a Message
5/18/2012 1:58:31 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 5/18/2012 1:56:20 AM, FREEDO wrote:
Yes. I prefer philosophical debates because that's my thing.

Ah, yes. Your very philosophical for me. Most philosophical person I know.

Of course, I'm using your definition of philosophy, which is:

Philosophy = Confusion.
-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-OBERHERR'S SIGNATURE-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-

Official Enforcer for the DDO Elite(if they existed).

"Cases are anti-town." - FourTrouble

-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-
Andromeda_Z
Posts: 4,151
Add as Friend
Challenge to a Debate
Send a Message
5/18/2012 2:05:13 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
I don't know much about half the stuff I debate (only talking about the serious debates here, not the paint battles and such). I either learn a lot and win or get my backside handed to me and learn even more.
socialpinko
Posts: 10,458
Add as Friend
Challenge to a Debate
Send a Message
5/18/2012 6:15:25 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Looking over my debates, in the last six months I've generally known a good amount about the subjects I debate. Pre-six months ago though I doubt I knew much of anything about the topics. I think one really should know at least something about their topic if they don't want to be at the Google machine throughout the whole debate.
: At 9/29/2014 10:55:59 AM, imabench wrote:
: : At 9/29/2014 9:43:46 AM, kbub wrote:
: :
: : DDO should discredit support of sexual violence at any time and in every way.
:
: I disagree.
royalpaladin
Posts: 22,357
Add as Friend
Challenge to a Debate
Send a Message
5/18/2012 6:17:18 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
One reason I debate is to learn. I did not know much about welfare, for example, when I did my welfare debate, but because I was doing it, I was encouraged to research and learn more about the subject.
WriterDave
Posts: 934
Add as Friend
Challenge to a Debate
Send a Message
5/18/2012 9:53:18 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 5/18/2012 12:31:18 AM, MouthWash wrote:
I don't know anything about certain subjects, but I find myself quite capable of debating them by simply looking it up on Google. It can't compare to actually knowing the subject, but it's still possible to win a debate (a good example would be my debate on tariffs: http://www.debate.org...). Do other people do this a lot?

I try not to get involved in any debate over which I don't have enough knowledge to go up against someone who has a good knowledge of the subject. For instance, if my metaethics had been up to par -- and I was surprised to find how lacking I was in that area, being a philosophy honors graduate -- my debate with Contradiction would have gone quite differently. Not saying the outcome would have been different, but some of my objections would have been different.

Google is a good knowledge substitute in a pinch, but I'd just as soon know what I'm talking about and speak with authority.
Writer. Liberal atheist. Official "Official of the FREEDO Bureaucracy" of the FREEDO Bureaucracy.

Edit To Civilize, with FAQs: http://bit.ly...
Insult Ownership: http://bit.ly...
Haters: http://bit.ly...

"I said you are a fake, a phony, and a fraud, but that doesn't mean I think you're putting on an act." --Innomen