How to Debate Effectively and Rationally

How to Debate Effectively and Rationally

How to Debate Effectively and Rationally. According to Wikipedia, Debate is contention in argument; strife, dissension, quarrelling, controversy; especially a formal discussion of subjects before a public assembly or legislature, in Parliament or in any deliberative assembly.

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Debate is believed to be a method of formally presenting an argument in a structured manner. Through logical consistency, factual accuracy and some degree of emotional appeal to the audience are elements in debating, where one side often prevails over the other party by presenting a superior “context” and/or framework of the issue. The outcome of a debate may depend upon consensus or some formal way of reaching a resolution, rather than the objective facts. In a formal debating contest, there are rules for participants to discuss and decide on differences, within a framework defining how they will interact.

Although not conventional or presidential debating, down below are videos of some of my favorite debates.

BENEFITS FROM DEBATE INVOLVEMENT

Debaters have been proven to become leaders and successful professionals. Countless American corporate executives, influential lawyers, wealthy entrepreneurs and elected officials credit their debate experience in school with making them successful. The anecdotal evidence is overwhelming and suggests some of the following benefits.

  • Debaters become better critical thinkers and communicators. People begin to see them in a different way.
  • Debaters improve their social interactions. Debaters are not argumentative with their family and friends, but oddly enough, more understanding.
  • Debaters improve their personal expression. There seems to be something in us as human beings which wants to express ourselves. Their voices are heard.
  • Debaters are more often seen as leaders. Studies in America show that those who communicate often and well, and give a balance of positive and negative comments, are seen as leaders. Leadership is given, not taken. Debaters are more likely to be given leadership.
  • Debaters tend to become citizens in the real sense of the word — informed, active, participating, a force to be harnessed for the betterment of all.

Oxford Union Debates — Why You Should or Should Not be Patriotic


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