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InvisibleSwami
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Poor Debating Technique
    #1355203 - 03/06/03 04:14 PM (14 years, 26 days ago)

One of my least favorite debating tricks is the declaration of the "obviousness" of a certain conclusion.

This device is insidious as it can be blatant or quite subtle. You will frequently hear it on the news in a form such as:

"Any patriotic American must support..." or

"Any intelligent person must understand that..." or

"It is common sense that..." or

"Everybody knows that..." or

"It goes without saying..."

Frequently these are compounded with the additional fallacy of appealing to the crowd.

Markos recently slipped this gem in his diatribe to reinforce his point: "...and without debate..." Sorry bro, all is open to debate; otherwise why state it?

Do you use any of these? Great if you want to be a politician or a manipulator, but if you are striving for sincerity, avoid this technique.

Remember: "Any honest debater refrains from..."


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Re: Poor Debating Technique [Re: Swami]
    #1355249 - 03/06/03 04:40 PM (14 years, 26 days ago)

This is a clever psychological ploy to put the speaker in the position of authority, too, in a "get with the program" sort of way.

The most humble of debating phrases would probably be "I think".


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Re: Poor Debating Technique [Re: Swami]
    #1355368 - 03/06/03 05:53 PM (14 years, 26 days ago)

This is so stupid I don't even need to respond.


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Re: Poor Debating Technique [Re: ]
    #1355371 - 03/06/03 05:54 PM (14 years, 26 days ago)

Watched Fox News tonight. Their byline is "Fair and Unbiased Reporting" or "Fair and Accurate Reporting". This is another variation of truth by mere declaration.


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Re: Poor Debating Technique [Re: Swami]
    #1355450 - 03/06/03 06:39 PM (14 years, 26 days ago)

Obviously without question I would never do this.



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Re: Poor Debating Technique [Re: Swami]
    #1355945 - 03/07/03 03:08 AM (14 years, 26 days ago)

Indeed. I think, or I perceive. Subjectivily anything can be right.


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Re: Poor Debating Technique [Re: Swami]
    #1356002 - 03/07/03 03:49 AM (14 years, 26 days ago)

Fair and Balanced News is their tagline....and that is DEFINITELY inaccurate.


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Re: Poor Debating Technique [Re: Swami]
    #1356009 - 03/07/03 03:58 AM (14 years, 26 days ago)

Anyone with an ounce of sense knows this isn't true in the slightest.


[ducks and runs swiftly out of the room]


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Re: Poor Debating Technique [Re: Swami]
    #1356474 - 03/07/03 07:34 AM (14 years, 26 days ago)

I'm with Mr. Mushrooms - everybody knows he's right. Obviously Swami doesn't know what he's talking about..... We all figured that our months ago.. :tongue: :tongue: :tongue:

heh just kidding man :smile: Thanks for pointing this out - it bothers the hell out of me too :laugh:


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Edited by Strumpling (03/07/03 07:35 AM)


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Re: Poor Debating Technique [Re: Swami]
    #1357314 - 03/08/03 05:22 AM (14 years, 25 days ago)

"We've already established that you're wrong Swami..."
Does this sound in any way familiar?


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Re: Poor Debating Technique [Re: Swami]
    #1357465 - 03/08/03 06:56 AM (14 years, 25 days ago)

Actually, declaration is a good for of debating.  Keep in mind, the point of a debate is to convince the other side, or persuade a mediator.  You're not going to convince anyone by saying, "I think Bush might not be too smart," as opposed to, "Bush is obviously a dolt."

What I think you are aiming at is the use of sourceless declarations found in the news and often around these boards, in which case, you are without a doubt correct :wink:


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Re: Poor Debating Technique [Re: Swami]
    #1357492 - 03/08/03 07:05 AM (14 years, 25 days ago)

"One of my least favorite debating tricks is....."

Oh really Swami? Why do you wanna make a post about it?
And why not post in another forum?

Gently edited to prevent any misunderstanding. :smile:


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Edited by Mr_Mushrooms (03/08/03 10:59 PM)


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Re: Poor Debating Technique [Re: The_Clash_UK]
    #1357908 - 03/08/03 10:15 AM (14 years, 25 days ago)

wow calm down dude...... he posted a thread about it most likely with the hopes that it would reduce the amounts of claims made with that type of rhetoric


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Re: Poor Debating Technique [Re: Strumpling]
    #1357923 - 03/08/03 10:25 AM (14 years, 25 days ago)

I think that every opinion should start off with "I think". What do you think? Perception is reality.


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Re: Poor Debating Technique [Re: stoner2002]
    #1357924 - 03/08/03 10:27 AM (14 years, 25 days ago)

did you see my sig?

it says just that, to pretend that I'm THINKING instead of CLAIMING when I post, and to feel free to yell at me :wink:


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Re: Poor Debating Technique [Re: Strumpling]
    #1357940 - 03/08/03 10:36 AM (14 years, 25 days ago)

Quote:

did you see my sig?

it says just that, to pretend that I'm THINKING instead of CLAIMING when I post, and to feel free to yell at me :wink: 




Holy shit! I never noticed that before.  It's good to see we think alike. heh

That's a good way to think though.  You shouldnt believe what anybody else thinks, unless they have proof...only listen to yourself. 


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Re: Poor Debating Technique [Re: The_Clash_UK]
    #1358072 - 03/08/03 12:00 PM (14 years, 25 days ago)

Quote:

Oh really Swami? Why do you wanna make a post about it?
And why not post in another forum you Pribechian Mo'fucker!



What's the matter, did you see some of your words up there? Oh, are you aware of the 'Be Nice' policy?


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Edited by Evolving (03/08/03 12:01 PM)


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Re: Poor Debating Technique [Re: The_Clash_UK]
    #1358110 - 03/08/03 12:26 PM (14 years, 24 days ago)

I know you probably were kidding but all of us are subject to the Be Nice policy.

Please edit your post or I will have to.

Thanks Bro. :smile:

Cheers,


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Re: Poor Debating Technique [Re: Strumpling]
    #1358114 - 03/08/03 12:27 PM (14 years, 24 days ago)

Welcome back. :wink:


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Re: Poor Debating Technique [Re: ]
    #1358308 - 03/08/03 02:35 PM (14 years, 24 days ago)

thanks man - peace :smile:


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