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Sun May 26, 2013, 10:35 AM

The 10 Commandments Of Rational Debate

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 10:41 AM

1. It should be the responsibility of every political debate moderator

to require these be adhered to, and call out the offender each time an infraction occurs.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 10:50 AM

2. Anybody who posts that ridiculous pic must have rocks in their head.

 

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 10:51 AM

3. The DU challenge: In 100 words or less, break all ten commandments in a single argument.

 

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #3)

Sun May 26, 2013, 10:55 AM

4. Hahaha!

I'm sure that's doable!

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #3)

Sun May 26, 2013, 10:56 AM

5. The pros can do it in 25 or less

But may require follow up posts to put words in your mouth.

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Response to emulatorloo (Reply #5)

Sun May 26, 2013, 11:00 AM

6. Are you accusing me of putting words in your mouth?

 

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #6)

Mon May 27, 2013, 01:08 PM

17. HOW DARE YOU. So you must see nothing wrong with [insert egregious thing here]

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #3)

Sun May 26, 2013, 11:45 AM

8. Frank Luntz could summerise that on a bumper sticker...

Of course you'd end up with this.......
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022903631

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 11:18 AM

7. K&R'd!!!

I wish all DU'er's followed these rules.

(And by the way, thanks for the correct usage of "begging the question."

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Response to snot (Reply #7)

Sun May 26, 2013, 12:12 PM

9. Technically, "begging the question" is:

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Assuming the truth of the conclusion in the premise. But that's a difficult concept to portray.

Begging the Question

So even this one gets it wrong.

The common colloquial use of "begging the question" is more accurately termed "inviting the question", or some other variant... "Raising the question."

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 12:17 PM

10. I can boil most of that down to 1: try to work out what the other person thinks. N.T.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 12:43 PM

11. The 11th Commandment:

11) Thou shalt NOT just Make Stuff Up,
and use it to attack another member of DU.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 02:01 PM

12. Thank you, great post!

Discussions would be so much more interesting if people tried to work within a rational framework.

Listening to people call each other names is not particularly interesting, and tends to generate annoyance and even hostile emotions.

Listening to people involved in rational debate can be very interesting and even enlightening.

Thank you for listing these points!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 02:03 PM

13. And another one

Thou shalt actually read the post first.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 02:08 PM

14. the list pre-supposes good faith in political debate

 

which is nearly non-existent

it would ne nice, however

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 05:09 PM

15. Is rational political debate even possible?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 05:13 PM

16. k&r and bookmark. Great list, thank you.

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