Consider this a thread a resource of examples of how to debate with civility, with manners, and without resulting to personal insult or ad
Please take your time to browse through some of the below examples; We should ALL be aspiring to debate with a level of decorum that will reduce the
ammount of moderation required.
Theist vs Atheist
Theist vs Theist
Atheist vs Atheist
The moderators do a great job; but there are so many discussions it must be an impossible task to moderate.
Hopefully these examples will provide people with the inspiration to discuss and debate religious, metaphysical, philosophical or spiritual ideology
Remember, Atheists or Non-Theists may "offend" those who believe; but that's not the intention. Atheists (or Non-Theists) have just as much right to
share their beliefs (or reasons for non-belief) in debate as believing participants do.
NOTE: This is not a thread for discussion of theology or philosophy. Please feel free to discuss debate style, or approach. Moderators please feel
free to unembed the videos and leave links instead.
edit on 22-6-2011 by ExistentialNightmare because: (no reason given)
Bill Maher is a comedian and would not be pointed to as an example of civil discourse. Maher attempts to be purposely offensive, it is part of his
Could you not of just agreed with the purpose of the OP, that argumentation should remain civil and rational?
I would also like to add a link to a summation of a book I read a while back called Attacking Faulty Reasoning. It lays out a code of conduct
for effective rational discussion and I believe that if more people followed this code people would have a greater chance of reaching truth in their
I was going to create a thread about this very topic but I feel it would fit in nicely with this OP.
I've been grumpy and quarrelsome as far back, as I remember, and as far as I can see, some of my opponents on ATS appear to have similar mindsets.
I can, from a rational perspective, see the shortcomings of such a mindset, and I can personally try to 'better' myself through introspection and
self-discipline (it's ofcourse debatable how successful I'm am with this)...
.....but then not everybody accepts a rational perspective as THE perspective, so mankind (as represented in the mini-universe of ATS) will probably
have to live for a while with just a reduction of black/white aggressions, to sugarcoated insinuations and snide comments. Which after all is a step
in the right direction.
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