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Do Vote Quantities Bias Debate?

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4/5/2013 8:22:07 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Does the structure of winning a debate according to the number of points scored prejudice the definition of winning arguments?

I was wondering the other day whether or not deontological arguments actually have a shot at winning here because deontology is a qualitative, not quantitative, ethical system. This is in contrast to utilitarianism which quantitatively defines right versus wrong.

The problem is that in a quantitative debate environment, quantitative thinking will be encouraged, so qualitative arguments will be discouraged.

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4/5/2013 10:20:56 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
This is simply untrue.

You could have a one line argument that completely destroys a thoughtlessly thrown together argument which is ten times longer and the one line argument will win.

The two are not linked. Quality of arguments usually always win out. And you can see this if you read some of the really terrible debates out there.
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