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WriterDave
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6/21/2012 4:01:26 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
(Adapted from a flowchart that's been circulating, which I think needs to be adhered to in this forum. Yes, Scotty, I'm looking at you.)

Discussions are a dialogue between people in which the participants are willing to alter their position if it makes sense to do so. Sometimes, people confuse "discussion" with "sermon" or "lecture." These non-discussions are a waste of time since all parties are intractable in their existing views.

So that our time is not wasted, please use this guide to determine whether we can actually have a discussion about this topic.

1. Can you envision anything that will change your mind on this topic?
If YES, go to 2.
If NO, go to 4.

2 If one of your arguments is shown to be faulty, will you stop using that argument (with everyone)?
If YES, go to 3.
If NO, go to 4.

3. Are you prepared to abide by basic principles of reason in discussing this topic? (Examples: The position that is more reasonable and has more supporting evidence should be accepted as true. The person asserting a position bears the onus of demonstrating its truth.)
If YES, go to 5.
If NO, go to 4.

4. This is not a discussion. I will not talk to you about this topic. Stop reading here.

5. This is a discussion. I will talk to you about this topic provided the following rules are obeyed:
* Do not introduce new arguments while another argument has yet to be resolved.
* Do not move on to another argument if it is shown that a fact you have relied upon is inaccurate.
* Provide evidence for your position or arguments.
* Do not argue that you do not "need" evidence.
Present your arguments, then go to 6.

6. Did you breach any of these rules in step 5?
If YES, go to 8.
If NO, go to 7

7. Congratulations! This is how rational human beings exchange ideas. Continue with the discussion for a bit, then return to 6.

8. You cheated. The discussion is terminated. You are deemed to have conceded all opposing arguments up to this point, and you forfeit any right to complain about the discussion.
Writer. Liberal atheist. Official "Official of the FREEDO Bureaucracy" of the FREEDO Bureaucracy.

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ScottyDouglas
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6/21/2012 4:09:20 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Dave you are a flatout fool.
You deny truth.
I will never concede.
It is not a dicussion.
It will never be.
You have no evidence then play as if you do but at a later time and just take your word for it.(seems the whole world works that way no days)
Doesn't for me.
If you dislike the post the stop-simple.
Instead of the childish rants and posts you are leaving here.
This grade-A- kiddy stuff.
Your weak.
Your actions show it.
You lack true character and grit.
You lack foundation.
TheAsylum
WriterDave
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6/21/2012 4:13:47 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 6/21/2012 4:09:20 AM, ScottyDouglas wrote:
Dave you are a flatout fool.

"Flatout" should be "flat out."

You deny truth.
I will never concede.
It is not a dicussion.
It will never be.
You have no evidence then play as if you do but at a later time and just take your word for it.

Run-on sentence. Superfluous conjunctive. Missing verb.

(seems the whole world works that way no days)

"No days" should be "nowadays."

Doesn't for me.
If you dislike the post the stop-simple.

"The" should be "then." Hyphen should be replaced by an end of a sentence and the start of another.

Instead of the childish rants and posts you are leaving here.

Sentence fragment.

This grade-A- kiddy stuff.

Sentence fragment.

Your weak.

"Your" should be "you're."

Your actions show it.
You lack true character and grit.
You lack foundation.

You lack fourth-grade writing skills.
Writer. Liberal atheist. Official "Official of the FREEDO Bureaucracy" of the FREEDO Bureaucracy.

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ScottyDouglas
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6/21/2012 4:20:19 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Remind me again why I care? Do I go to college or school or need to write properly? I see you must have trouble reading. Ok I'll type properly from now on buddy, just for you.
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WriterDave
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6/21/2012 4:24:31 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 6/21/2012 4:20:19 AM, ScottyDouglas wrote:
Remind me again why I care? Do I go to college or school or need to write properly?

Missing comma.

I see you must have trouble reading.

You're damned right I have trouble reading your posts.

Ok I'll type properly from now on buddy, just for you.

"Ok" should be "okay."

That would be appreciated.
Writer. Liberal atheist. Official "Official of the FREEDO Bureaucracy" of the FREEDO Bureaucracy.

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