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I'm pretty sure that most people have been in a debate in their life, no matter how trivial. It could differ from political to the best youtuber, but over time we don't use certain types of arguments when debating. I was wonder what types of arguments others try to avoid. I have a couple that I won't use in a debate that include:

Politically:

1) the religion argument (i recognize that religion is a factor, but i don't base my argument off of that because not everyone believes the same thing)
2) "it's morally wrong" (same thing, not everyone believes the same thing and one could easily counter this argument by saying "i think its okay")

For not so serious debates:

1) the "i just like it more" (a good example of how i like to debate would be a series on youtube called "deadlock" from the game theory channel)
2) the "it's popular so it's good" (not everything that's popular is good)

What are some other arguments you guys try to avoid? Please don't get mad if you use the arguments i said here, i personally just don't like using these arguments. These are the things that I thought of off the top of my head so there are more that I try to avoid, I just couldn't think of them while writing this. Tell me your thoughts!
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What's real and what isn't real like someone believes in UFOs.
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I stay away from debates and arguments.
Posted 7/26/15 , edited 7/26/15

jackrabbit92 wrote:

What's real and what isn't real like someone believes in UFOs.


Oh hold it there. UFOs are real
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Any argument can be good, it's just when the other party starts to angry or you can tell they truly hate something from the bottom of their heart that is when to burn that bridge.
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Avoid stuff like this

or.......



Get CAGED!!!
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The definition of "Common Sense".
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Dabossman26 wrote:For not so serious debates:

1) the "i just like it more" (a good example of how i like to debate would be a series on youtube called "deadlock" from the game theory channel)
2) the "it's popular so it's good" (not everything that's popular is good)

What are some other arguments you guys try to avoid?


- The Apple Jacks dodge: "I don't have to have a reason, I just like it!"
- The Salieri accusation: "If you didn't like that movie, it's probably because you couldn't make one of your own!"
- Welcome Our New Overlords: "Well, it doesn't matter if we don't like it, it's so popular with the young people, it's probably here to stay."
- I'm a Loner, a Rebel: "I don't care if nobody else likes it, I always go against the crowd!"
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Any argument is wrong if they break a logical fallacy. There's a website called yourlogicalfallacyis is that I think is a brilliant place to link someone you're debating with when they're not arguing correctly.
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jackrabbit92 wrote:

What's real and what isn't real like someone believes in UFOs.


well strictly speaking UFOs are very real. Unidentified Flying Objects, they can be just about anything it doesn't have to be alien spacecraft. belief that they are alien spacecraft on the other hand...
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Arguably using ethics as a form of argument (unless it is an argument about the ethics of something) is not a good type of argument to use as people can hold wildly differing views on what is ethical and what is not. In some cases EG religion what one person can view as ethical another can view as completely unethical.

That being said, step into the ring be prepared for all manner of different types of punches, some people give no quarter.
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vanguard1234523 wrote:


jackrabbit92 wrote:

What's real and what isn't real like someone believes in UFOs.


well strictly speaking UFOs are very real. Unidentified Flying Objects, they can be just about anything it doesn't have to be alien spacecraft. belief that they are alien spacecraft on the other hand...


I was trying to pick out an example real quick lmao I guess another example is werewolves
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Almost every argument on this site. Especially LN/VN arguments.
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I'd avoid "debates" that turn to slinging matches. If you stoop to name calling that isn't a debate at all. I'd also be cautious about a person getting all dramatical and pulling out an emotional story especially if its at a tangent to the topic of discussion.
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Probably the exaggerated kind that no one with a right mind would actually do.

"I have the right to beat the shit out of you if you touch me. Next time a kid shoots a water gun at me I'm gonna break their fucking leg"

yup
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