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Should people on Debate.Org argue against their own opinions?

Asked by: Joey888
  • Act of debate

    Honestly. This shouldn't even be a question.

    How can you fully debate against something if you do not know all the facts about every side. If one person argues his or her case and you have never heard their comments... Then how can you de ate against it? Should you make up something out of the top of your head just because you believe you are smart enough to do so?

    No. This is a topic I spent time teaching my son. To think so far outside the box that the box no longer exists for him. He still struggles a little.

    I set him a topic he strongly believed in. He got excited and started to plan it out. Then I told him he had to argue against it. We were on opposing sides so I told him I would argue for the thing I didn't agree with.

    He hated the idea but he tried anyway. And he done it well. Done his research and almost convinced himself to change his own belief in the thing.

    So yes. I do believe people should argue against themselves

  • Act of debate

    Honestly. This shouldn't even be a question.

    How can you fully debate against something if you do not know all the facts about every side. If one person argues his or her case and you have never heard their comments... Then how can you de ate against it? Should you make up something out of the top of your head just because you believe you are smart enough to do so?

    No. This is a topic I spent time teaching my son. To think so far outside the box that the box no longer exists for him. He still struggles a little.

    I set him a topic he strongly believed in. He got excited and started to plan it out. Then I told him he had to argue against it. We were on opposing sides so I told him I would argue for the thing I didn't agree with.

    He hated the idea but he tried anyway. And he done it well. Done his research and almost convinced himself to change his own belief in the thing.

    So yes. I do believe people should argue against themselves

  • The art of debate

    Honestly. This shouldn't even be a question.

    How can you fully debate against something if you do not know all the facts about every side. If one person argues his or her case and you have never heard their comments... Then how can you de ate against it? Should you make up something out of the top of your head just be a use you believe you are smart enough to do so?

    No. This is a topic I spent time teaching my son. To think so far outside the box that the box no longer exists for him. He still struggles a little.

    I set him a topic he strongly believed in. He got excited and started to plan it out. Then I told him he had to argue against it. We were on opposing sides so I told him I would argue for the thing I didn't agree with.

    He hated the idea but he tried anyway. And he done it well. Done his research and almost convinced himself to change his own belief in the thing.

    So yes. I do believe people should argue against themselves.

  • If they can.

    To form your own opinion, you need to understand both sides as much as possible. Often times, like in some school debates, people are picked at random so the side they are put on may not be the side they agree with. This skill would come in handy for some careers such as a defense attorney who has to argue in defense of his client even if they know he is guilty. One Movie comes to mind. Inherit the Wind, where the attorney who defended the teacher who was teaching evolution was a devout Christian.
    On the other hand, if your a sheeple that is told what opinion to have. By all means, ignore what the other side has to say. Just don't bother getting in a discussion with anyone that opposes it.

    On a side note: I was once a Christian and my family still is. Tho I am now an atheist and tend to speak on their side, often times I refute atheists who either disrespect people of faith or if they base their opinions on idiocy.

  • Would give them a disadvantage.

    Arguing against yourself would be a complete disadvantage. You should not have to do that because you would not argue truly and would not have enough information to counter your own information. If someone is challenged to a debate for something that they do not want to argue, they should not accept.


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