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Guidelines for discussion: Debate vs. Discussion There is a not-so-subtle difference between "debate" and "discussion" that is important to understand when both parts hold opposing views: debate is a competition; discussion is a collaboration. The later of which is preferred here.
The goal of a debate is to win. Successful debate strategies include making your case with credible sources and destroying the case of your opponents, using their words against themselves.
The goal of a discussion is to understand. In a discussion, both parties must be careful to remain on the "same side of the table." Always let the other side know that maintaining the highest level of respect in your ideas is more important than being "right." The goal is simply to understand the other person's point-of-view. Sometimes we confuse "understand" with "agree with." It is not always necessary to agree on an issue. Agreeing to disagree - letting the other enjoy his/her opinion - can be as satisfying or more satisfying than changing the other person's mind.
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Common definition mys?ti?cism (n.) 1. 1. Immediate consciousness of the transcendent or ultimate reality or God. 2. The experience of such communion as described by mystics. 2. A belief in the existence of realities beyond perceptual or intellectual apprehension that are central to being and directly accessible by subjective experience.