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The idea of reincarnation has always intrigued me, so I was surprised to find myself siding with Budski through most of the debate.
GAOTU789 may have been his own worst enemy. Although he did well with a difficult position, he also took a few bad steps which played right into Budski's aggressive style.
GAO's dubious readings of the bible made him look desperate early on and allowed Budski to establish an early lead.
When Budski started to falter with his ill-advised free-will argument, GAO seemed almost to come to his rescue by presenting Dr. Ian Stevenson's work, which was not very impressive, and made Budski's link on Bridey Murphy seem stronger.
To make a long story short, the deciding factors were aggression and organization. Budski did a good job of challenging arguments and making it feel like his opponent was continually on the defensive. GAO could have presented a stronger case by better ordering his arguments (I was surprised the Dalai Lama came up so late).
Originally posted by budski
... - now we can all see just how important those stars are.
Well done to souls, and good luck for the next round.
Originally posted by GAOTU789
All the debates in this round have been/are very good. Looking forward to the next round.
[edit on 26-10-2007 by GAOTU789]