posted on Jan, 11 2013 @ 08:49 AM
This morning I was thinking about a debate that I'd like to do, more for personal exploration than anything else, because I doubt that I'd win, but it
would require a new format and a very specific type of opponent, so I'll just toss it out there and if the mods think it's okay and someone wants to
take up the challenge, great. If not, just as great.
My new format, call it a "Discourse Challenge", would be a back and forth between two people, as if we were sitting at a table in the pub, calmly
discussing the issue at hand.
The debate format would be 10 rounds, and would consist of Socratic Questions and responses only -- nothing can be introduced which is not either the
basis for a question, or part of a response to a question. There should be some reasonable limit to the length of both questions and responses (though
I'm not sure what they would be.) As would be the case in a bar, you may cite an outside source, but no extensive quotes, no pictures, videos, or
things that you normally wouldn't have in a pub conversation.
The subject that I want to explore is a topical one -- "Should semi-automatic assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines be banned in the
United States?" I would take the "pro" position, and I'd like to have a conversation with someone who is extremely opposed to that point.
If there is any concern on the part of the mods that this would be complicated or hard to judge, I'd be open to the first one being a "beta" or "demo"
of the format to see if it works, and it need not be judged.
edit on 11-1-2013 by adjensen because: (no reason given)