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  • Only one topic is taboo!

    It is never appropriate to debate whether a topic is appropriate for debate. Take part in the debate or not. Read or listen to the debate or not. Agree or disagree, and support your ideas.

    Even when people take offense at a topic or viewpoint, that does not disqualify the topic. It only disqualifies the offended participant, if the participant tries to end the debate based on a perceived offensiveness.

    In fact, the more a topic is perceived to be offensive, the more likely it is to be useful to discuss it, including why the offended party chose to take offense.

    By the way, the number four is blue because blue has 4 letters.

  • Some topics are downright impossible to debate

    The topics aren't inappropriate per se, but impossible to find out using means available to those debating, like the "What color is Number four?"
    Unless you have that ability to taste numbers or hear colors, it cannot be answered. Then there are distasteful subjects. Then, there are total subjectives. It ultimately boils down to what you can
    a) quantify
    b) qualify
    c) prove using empirical evidence
    d) be mature enough to discuss

  • Some topics are inappropriate to debate.

    There are some questions that cannot be debated because they are not significant or they do not make sense. For example, "What color is the number 4?" Grammatically, this is a question. But it makes no sense. There is no reasonable way to debate this question, because it is nonsensical.

  • Some topics do not lend themselves to depate in the public forum.

    While all topics may have proponents and opponents there are some topics which are best left to the private sector. Public debate by its nature does not easily allow for a potentially offensive topic to be openly debated. We need to be respectful of all people and sectors of society when presenting topics for debate.

  • Only one topic is taboo!

    It is never appropriate to debate whether a topic is appropriate for debate. Take part in the debate or not. Read or listen to the debate or not. Agree or disagree, and support your ideas.

    Even when people take offense at a topic or viewpoint, that does not disqualify the topic. It only disqualifies the offended participant, if the participant tries to end the debate based on a perceived offensiveness.

    In fact, the more a topic is perceived to be offensive, the more likely it is to be useful to discuss it, including why the offended party chose to take offense.

    By the way, the number four is blue because blue has 4 letters.


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