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# The metric system in the United States

 Posts: 128 Add as FriendChallenge to a DebateSend a Message 3/30/2014 10:23:43 PMPosted: 2 years agoI have recently finished my first debate in DDO, about whether or not the United States should finally adopt the metric system like most other countries did (http://www.debate.org...).Sensing that many aspects of this subject were left undiscussed in the debate (I think I should have included more rounds), and an overall lack of discussion on the matter in the site, I decided to invite the DDO community to have an open debate on in.So, what do you think, should the US follow the steps of the other countries or become the last country on Earth without the metric system.My alternative to the Political Compass: http://www.debate.org...
 Posts: 4,492 Add as FriendChallenge to a DebateSend a Message 3/30/2014 10:52:42 PMPosted: 2 years agoI prefer American units simply because its easy to apply them - a foot is roughly one actual foot, an inch is roughly the length of a thumb. It's simy and easy to get a (very) rough measurement. Metric lengths on the other hand are based on an arbitrary length irrelevent to any body part and not nearly as easy to estimate. I do prefer metric volume units, though.
 Posts: 8,280 Add as FriendChallenge to a DebateSend a Message 3/30/2014 11:26:45 PMPosted: 2 years agoAt 3/30/2014 10:52:42 PM, TN05 wrote:I prefer American units simply because its easy to apply them - a foot is roughly one actual foot, an inch is roughly the length of a thumb. It's simy and easy to get a (very) rough measurement. Metric lengths on the other hand are based on an arbitrary length irrelevent to any body part and not nearly as easy to estimate. I do prefer metric volume units, though.You don't do many unit conversions, do you?"The Collectivist experiment is thoroughly suited (in appearance at least) to the Capitalist society which it proposes to replace. It works with the existing machinery of Capitalism, talks and thinks in the existing terms of Capitalism, appeals to just those appetites which Capitalism has aroused, and ridicules as fantastic and unheard-of just those things in society the memory of which Capitalism has killed among men wherever the blight of it has spread." - Hilaire Belloc -
 Posts: 1,022 Add as FriendChallenge to a DebateSend a Message 3/30/2014 11:35:35 PMPosted: 2 years agoMetric units are already used universally in science. Where they're a bit behind in taking hold (but definitely should be) is engineering; for some reason many American engineering firms and several of my engineering classes use Imperial units when doing the same calculations and unit conversions with metric units would be much simpler. In day-to-day use, I don't think they're necessary enough to warrant change.
 Posts: 3,709 Add as FriendChallenge to a DebateSend a Message 3/31/2014 2:06:03 AMPosted: 2 years agoAt 3/30/2014 10:23:43 PM, joepbr wrote:I have recently finished my first debate in DDO, about whether or not the United States should finally adopt the metric system like most other countries did (http://www.debate.org...).Sensing that many aspects of this subject were left undiscussed in the debate (I think I should have included more rounds), and an overall lack of discussion on the matter in the site, I decided to invite the DDO community to have an open debate on in.So, what do you think, should the US follow the steps of the other countries or become the last country on Earth without the metric system.We use both fluently. We don't have an official because:1) We let people use which ever one they like (like how we don't have an official language.)2) Because who cares about it... Why would we really waste time on a law like that?-- Don't forget to submit your unvoted debates to the Voter's Union -- OFFICIAL DK/TUF 2016 Platform: http://www.debate.org... My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com... #SaveThePresidency #SaveTheSite -- DK/TUF 2016 --
 Posts: 1,570 Add as FriendChallenge to a DebateSend a Message 3/31/2014 2:20:07 AMPosted: 2 years agoAt 3/30/2014 10:23:43 PM, joepbr wrote:I have recently finished my first debate in DDO, about whether or not the United States should finally adopt the metric system like most other countries did (http://www.debate.org...).Sensing that many aspects of this subject were left undiscussed in the debate (I think I should have included more rounds), and an overall lack of discussion on the matter in the site, I decided to invite the DDO community to have an open debate on in.So, what do you think, should the US follow the steps of the other countries or become the last country on Earth without the metric system.UP WITH THE METRIC SYSTEM! WE HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT ANNOYING CONVERSIONS AND NOT HAVING A FEEL FOR THE UNITS THE REST OF THE WORLD USES.LOL, yeah, it's pretty amazing how they think they can "reason" with you. - Sidewalker, speaking of advocates for sexual deviancy. So, my advice, Liberty, is to go somewhere else. Leave, and never come back. - YYW And that's what I did. Contact me at http://www.edeb8.com... by the same user name if you have anything you'd like to say.
 Posts: 128 Add as FriendChallenge to a DebateSend a Message 3/31/2014 2:55:02 AMPosted: 2 years agoAt 3/31/2014 2:06:03 AM, donald.keller wrote:At 3/30/2014 10:23:43 PM, joepbr wrote:I have recently finished my first debate in DDO, about whether or not the United States should finally adopt the metric system like most other countries did (http://www.debate.org...).Sensing that many aspects of this subject were left undiscussed in the debate (I think I should have included more rounds), and an overall lack of discussion on the matter in the site, I decided to invite the DDO community to have an open debate on in.So, what do you think, should the US follow the steps of the other countries or become the last country on Earth without the metric system.We use both fluently. We don't have an official because:1) We let people use which ever one they like (like how we don't have an official language.)Measurement systems aren't simply a matter of personal choice. You can't unilaterally decide to buy gas by the liter or fruits by the kilogram.2) Because who cares about it... Why would we really waste time on a law like that?You already did it. The metric system is legally the main system of measurement in the US, it's just that the government do everything it can to prevent it from being properly enforced.My alternative to the Political Compass: http://www.debate.org...