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Paradoxical resolutions?

Skepticalone
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12/27/2013 8:21:55 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
My opponent has a paradox in his resolution. Is it acceptable to take advantage of this mistake, or should I try to argue against his intended resolution?
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12/27/2013 8:27:44 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Either or. Depends on how you go about either way.

What debate are you talking about specifically?
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12/27/2013 8:30:43 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Parents must take classes and pass tests before being allowed to have children.
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12/27/2013 8:35:12 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
If individuals are parents they cannot take test BEFORE they become parents..
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12/27/2013 8:40:31 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Is it bad I don't even see the paradox?

But nah, you can use the fact that the resolution is paradoxical to your advantage (probably, I still don't see the paradox xD)
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12/27/2013 8:40:36 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
That's a rather weak one. I would simply attack his intended resolution, although calling someone out on a poor rez is perfectly acceptable in debate and often a good strategy.
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12/27/2013 8:45:36 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/27/2013 8:35:12 PM, Skepticalone wrote:
If individuals are parents they cannot take test BEFORE they become parents..

Oh that?

That's not really a paradox so much as it is semantics. I'd argue the way the resolution was intended.
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12/27/2013 8:48:29 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Ok, thanks!
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12/27/2013 8:50:54 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/27/2013 8:48:29 PM, Skepticalone wrote:
Ok, thanks!

Can you post a link to the debate? I want to read it and I'm not seeing it the list of debates on your profile page for some reason.
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12/27/2013 11:10:34 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
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The moment you declare a set of ideas to be immune from criticism, satire, derision, or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible. - Salman Rushdie

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. - Bertrand Russell