Join us as a participant or a spectator for yet another civil debate. Topics will be disclosed prior to the meeting to attendees, and are certain to be controversial and mentally stimulating.
Everyone is involved to some degree and everyone learns something of value in the process, even if you don't wish to participate in a debate. Plus we have drinks and a great time. :)
⚠️ I can't stress this enough: I ask that people don't sign up unless they plan to attend, and cancel if their plans change, as a courtesy to the restaurant that reserves space for us.
See you there!
WHAT IS THE DEBATE GROUP ABOUT?
A debate is not a conversation, nor is it not a philosophical discussion. A debate is an intellectual exercise where the sides are forced to defend their position (even if they personally disagree with it), and find weaknesses in their opposition’s position, with the sole purpose of winning the argument. Yes, it is a competition, and there are winners and losers.
But just because there are winners and losers, it doesn’t mean that it’s not constructive event: There are rules, there is structure. So think of it like this: a debate is to an argument what boxing is to a street fight.
The debate sequence is the following: first the side defending the preposition, then the opposition, then the defending side again, and finally the opposition again. THEN voting takes place, and for voting no questions may be asked of the debaters, only to other audience members. AFTER the voting we can have the usual “Anarchy Minute” where everybody expresses their opinions and asks clarifying questions of the debaters, if they want. :)
If you’re not a debater, you will be asked to vote after the teams debate, and you will have to say who made the better argument. Not which side you agree with, just who made the better argument, even if they argued for something you completely disagree with.
There can be no interruptions of the debate, with the sole exception of Points of Order and Points of Fact. Points of Order is when a debater is not following the rules of the debate, and Points of Fact is when the opposition wants to challenge or interject an actual fact. Only the debaters, the mediator, and the Supreme Leader can raise these points, the audience may not.
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