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247 days ago.
by harryanderson
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Is Honest Debate Dead ?

Honest debate is almost a thing of the past, or it might already be dead. Although I am fond of intellectually honest debate, about 90% to 95% of the statements made by people I attempt to have honest debate with have been of the intellectually dishonest variety. Almost all arguments consist of one intellectually dishonest debate tactic after another. I believe this is one of the main reasons why our country has gotten so screwed up and divided. I know I'll most likely catch it from both sides for asking this but....does anyone realize that on almost every thread (if not all) in the Forums, the entire thread is taken up with childish bickering and name calling? What happened with honest debate?

 
 

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harryanderson

That's what I meant, Mythravere, when I intimated that honest debaters need to put away pride.

Posted 247 days ago.

mythravere

The problem with finding honest debate is finding someone who is honest,can admit when they are wrong and you are right and vice versa. Also when someone admits they are wrong about something the opposing party humbly accepts that and doesn't throw it in the other persons face.

Posted 247 days ago.

harryanderson

"...about 90% to 95% of the statements made by people I attempt to have honest debate with have been of the intellectually dishonest variety."

I think it's pretty much like it's always been. Many haven't trained themselves in how to seek truth and find practical solutions through discussion. They also haven't learned to put away destructive attitudes like fear, anger, pride, and selfishness.

But I don't think it's worse now. Maybe we see more destructive tactics in places like this because we can hide. Posting here anonymously doesn’t risk offending those in our social circle.

No, I don’t think honest debate is dead at all.

Anyone who desires, except for the rare psychopath, can learn rational discussion.

Posted 247 days ago.
 
 
 
 

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