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Copy of Debate 101, An Overview

This is beginners guide to debate, and my Forensics class.
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Stephanie Connor

on 28 January 2016

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Debate 101
Two Debate Areas
Misconceptions
Reality:
Understanding the Basics
Conclusion
Policies Versus Values
What Debate ISN'T:
Constant Contradiction
Yelling
Your "Opinion"
Unreasonable Positions
In other words, what most
people think of as "arguing," really isn't a debate. What most people do is spout ill-informed opinions without actually listening to the other side. Real debate is the opposite of this.
Arguments: Not merely
contradicting someone

Watch the next video from the beginning until the 3:45 mark (the part when he leaves the argument room).
What Debate IS:
Structured
Uses Evidence (e.g. quotes, statistics, etc.)
Analyzes; does not simply contradict
Uses Logic
A collection of statements that proves a proposition
Uses refutation and concession
Policies:
Focus on Actions taken by governments, schools, organizations, groups.
Emphasizes the effects of a policy; what would happen if we took this course of action?
Examples:
Resolved: The US should legalize marijuana.
Resolved: The United States government should significantly reduce worldwide pollution through its trade and/or aid policies.
Resolved:Private sector investment in human space exploration is preferable to public sector investment.
Values:
Focus on morality and universal values like Justice or Equality.
Frequently focus on individual action, but can examine the morality of actions taken by groups or organizations as well.
Examples:
Resolved: Justice requires the recognition of animal rights.
Resolved: The death penalty is morally wrong.
Resolved: When forced to choose, a just government ought to prioritize universal human rights over its national interest.
It teaches you:
How to examine and analyze
How to research
What to say
How to say it
How to eliminate unecessary details.
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