posted on Nov, 30 2012 @ 08:47 PM
I have an idea.
It stemmed from the fact that Skyfloating keeps a running list of debate candidates. About 16, currently.
Then, SonoftheSun posted a list of topics. An expansive list.
The idea? Randomly picked debates.
It'd require members volunteering to be on the "random list". Once you are on the random list, a debate topic and partner would be randomly
chosen. Your position on the stance would be determined for you.
Challenge Match: RisingAgainst vs seabag: NASA is a disinformation agency.
(random mix up)
In this example, RA would be supporting the premise, and seabag proving otherwise.
Of course, it's just an idea.
However, I see a bunch of people willing to debate, and a bunch of debate topics, but no easy system to match the two.
A bit of regression, if you'll allow, please.
The point of a debate is to prove your position. That's the overlay, and very easy if you stay inside your comfort zone. It's common sense to
debate a topic you are familiar and comfortable with. Have you ever stepped outside the box, and looked at the topic from the outside?
The point of the debate isn't so much taking your rock solid view and levying it against your opponent, as it is to flesh out both sides of the
debate in a rational fashion. I've taken to the position outside my own beliefs a few times, and it's refreshing to actually research something
outside your own comfort zone.
The formal debate is a position. It needs not be your own, save you accept the rigidity of your own thoughts. A real challenge is taking a position
you must research, often contrary to your own worldview, but revealing nonetheless. To make an alternate view stick in a discussion is the purpose of
To wield both sides of the sword, with proficiency, is the goal of this forum. Debate from both sides of the issue is what every member should be
capable of, not just their own view.
Honing critical thinking skills is an exercise in flexibility. If everyone only debates topics they are proficient in, where is the gain?
With all that fluff out of the way, I'd like to see debate members agree to the "random list." If you'd like to debate, but don't have a topic,
nor an opponent, sign up.
Of course, this is pending Mod approval.
It's just an idea.
Feasible, or ????