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How do you handle your sources?

AlbinoBunny
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3/4/2013 4:49:27 PM
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How do you choose and verify your sources, and how do you verify your opponents sources?

Do you use books, websites etc.?

If your opponent sources a book, do you just assume his source is good?
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3/4/2013 5:01:37 PM
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websites mainly.
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3/4/2013 5:08:30 PM
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Do you just Google search them like me? Or are you more professional and actually use websites with high esteem and know where to locate your information? lmao
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3/4/2013 5:25:23 PM
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At 3/4/2013 4:49:27 PM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
How do you choose and verify your sources, and how do you verify your opponents sources?

Do you use books, websites etc.?

If your opponent sources a book, do you just assume his source is good?

It depends on the subject. If it's a scientific or historical fact, I'll use a credentialed scientist or historian, whether by web site or book. If it's a definition, I'll use an on-line dictionary. If it's just an example of something, then almost anything will suffice, and I try to find on-line examples because they're easier for my opponent to verify.

If it's not too much trouble, I will sometimes verify my opponent's sources. I've been in a few debates where my opponent misrepresented their source, and I called them on it. People also sometimes make false appeals to authority. They'll quote somebody on some technical issue when the person isn't an expert on that subject.

Most of the time, I just give my opponent's sources the benefit of the doubt. I don't see any point in going to the trouble of verifying every source because these debates aren't that important to me. They're just entertainment.
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3/4/2013 5:31:24 PM
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Sometimes, I'll include a source, not because it strengthens or supports my argument, but just for informational purposes in case somebody is interested in reading more about it.
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3/4/2013 6:12:59 PM
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At 3/4/2013 4:49:27 PM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
How do you choose and verify your sources, and how do you verify your opponents sources?

Do you use books, websites etc.?

If your opponent sources a book, do you just assume his source is good?

When it comes to sources look for the ones that oppose your view, not support it.
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3/4/2013 6:28:34 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 3/4/2013 6:12:59 PM, sadolite wrote:
At 3/4/2013 4:49:27 PM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
How do you choose and verify your sources, and how do you verify your opponents sources?

Do you use books, websites etc.?

If your opponent sources a book, do you just assume his source is good?

When it comes to sources look for the ones that oppose your view, not support it.

Yessir.
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3/4/2013 6:29:09 PM
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At 3/4/2013 5:25:23 PM, philochristos wrote:
At 3/4/2013 4:49:27 PM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
How do you choose and verify your sources, and how do you verify your opponents sources?

Do you use books, websites etc.?

If your opponent sources a book, do you just assume his source is good?

It depends on the subject. If it's a scientific or historical fact, I'll use a credentialed scientist or historian, whether by web site or book. If it's a definition, I'll use an on-line dictionary. If it's just an example of something, then almost anything will suffice, and I try to find on-line examples because they're easier for my opponent to verify.

If it's not too much trouble, I will sometimes verify my opponent's sources. I've been in a few debates where my opponent misrepresented their source, and I called them on it. People also sometimes make false appeals to authority. They'll quote somebody on some technical issue when the person isn't an expert on that subject.

Most of the time, I just give my opponent's sources the benefit of the doubt. I don't see any point in going to the trouble of verifying every source because these debates aren't that important to me. They're just entertainment.

Thanks for the insight.
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3/4/2013 6:37:17 PM
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At 3/4/2013 5:08:30 PM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
Do you just Google search them like me? Or are you more professional and actually use websites with high esteem and know where to locate your information? lmao

I Google what I need.
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