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November 21st, 2004
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From:adriang
Date:November 22nd, 2004 08:00 pm (UTC)
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I'm guessing you're right about that. The word "debate" has a more precise meaning in the context of formal debate, so it seemed like the right place to try to make my point. I can't be as certain, but I suspect still applies to many less formal debates. The real question is, do the arguments presented seem more tailored to appeal to the fundamental beliefs of the people to whom they are addressed, or do they seem more tailored to appeal to the public in general (the audience).

Of course, in the Evolution vs. Creation Science debate, the best we can probably hope for is to appeal to the audience.

Adrian
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From:savagemind
Date:November 22nd, 2004 09:41 pm (UTC)
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Most arguments are self-serving, regardless of to whom they are tailored. The reason why I am so fond of debate is that most members are (brutally) honest about this and without pretense regarding it, save their own massively inflated egos.
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From:adriang
Date:November 22nd, 2004 10:00 pm (UTC)
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Surely there is some virtue in this. 8-)

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