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Is it possible for human beings to have a discussion that will not contain any personal attacks? Every time I read the responses to a topic on a forum, I see people insulting each other. I applaud to everyone who is good at debating, as I find it to be a skill. I think emotions such as anger and hatred do not belong in a discussion. I think it should be a fun thing to do. If not to convince someone that they could perceive something at another angle, there's still fun to be had. If you do not enjoy partaking in a conversation, why not leave?

I got some questions:
1. Do you like having a debate with others? (Why/Why not?)
2. What's the point of a debate? Shouldn't you be enjoying it?
3. Does insulting others on their viewpoint feel good?
Posted 2/7/16
The point of debate for me is to learn.

I don't necessarily insult anyone. When I call someone I feel falls under my definition of bigotry a bigot, I mean it in the nicest way possible. Just as it is reasonable to call a spade a spade, I feel as long as I openly share my definition of what a bigot is, and clearly define why you are exhibiting bigoted behavior, than I feel I have not breach etiquette.
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1. I love conflicting opinions and debate as they are the foundation of learning something new: whether it be learning a new stance or idea or even learning more about the subject at hand.

2. The point should be for learning and learning is inherently fun. Unfortunately, given the way some people debate, it's not always a learning experience and is just a mindless reiteration upon reiteration because there is always that someone who just doesn't know how to debate properly or have any real stance whatsoever, and they choose to twist words and argue for the sake of arguing. At that point, I would say no; debates are not fun.

3. Insulting someone's opinion is ridiculous. As I have said, conflicting opinions are a chance to learn and reflect upon your own stances upon differing issues.
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Posted 2/7/16

PeripheralVisionary wrote:

The point of debate for me is to learn.

I don't necessarily insult anyone. When I call someone I feel falls under my definition of bigotry a bigot, I mean it in the nicest way possible. Just as it is reasonable to call a spade a spade, I feel as long as I openly share my definition of what a bigot is, and clearly define why you are exhibiting bigoted behavior, than I feel I have not breach etiquette.


I know. You're a real cutie.
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1. Do you like having a debate with others? (Why/Why not?)

I love it. I want myself and others to learn as much about the truth as possible.

2. What's the point of a debate? Shouldn't you be enjoying it?

To get to the truth of the matter. The pure, unadulterated truth. And, yes, of course.

3. Does insulting others on their viewpoint feel good?

No. It's awful and distracts from the truth as it is irrelevant. Raw emotion and personal attacks have no place in respectful discussions. However, satire and trolling can be quite useful when one's opponent or opponents warrant such. This is done as a method to show the absurdity of their belief or action.

However, such individuals can stretch the definition of the word "debate", due to their sheer intellectual dishonesty and rudeness.
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Posted 2/7/16

Nalaniel wrote:

Is it possible for human beings to have a discussion that will not contain any personal attacks? Every time I read the responses to a topic on a forum, I see people insulting each other. I applaud to everyone who is good at debating, as I find it to be a skill. I think emotions such as anger and hatred do not belong in a discussion. I think it should be a fun thing to do. If not to convince someone that they could perceive something at another angle, there's still fun to be had. If you do not enjoy partaking in a conversation, why not leave?

I got some questions:
1. Do you like having a debate with others? (Why/Why not?)
2. What's the point of a debate? Shouldn't you be enjoying it?
3. Does insulting others on their viewpoint feel good?

People are invested in their viewpoint, some see an attack on it as an attack on themselves; emotional people the most.

1 If I'm interested.
2 Facts. Learning. Improving.
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XxDarkSasuxX wrote:

1. I love conflicting opinions and debate as they are the foundation of learning something new: whether it be learning a new stance or idea or even learning more about the subject at hand.

2. The point should be for learning and learning is inherently fun. Unfortunately, given the way some people debate, it's not always a learning experience and is just a mindless reiteration upon reiteration because there is always that someone who just doesn't know how to debate properly or have any real stance whatsoever, and they choose to twist words and argue for the sake of arguing. At that point, I would say no; debates are not fun.

3. Insulting someone's opinion is ridiculous. As I have said, conflicting opinions are a chance to learn and reflect upon your own stances upon differing issues.


This .


Personally I enjoy scientific debates the most. The topics usually are more interesting, the debates are more fun and even if you had a very harsh debate you're not mad at each other (usually, as long as you don't get to personally).
I enjoyed political debates when I was younger but at the moment it's just awful. Almost nobody cares for facts anymore. Actually you don't have debates anymore just people yelling at each other (metaphorically speaking).
I also like talking about movies and series I('ve) watch(ed) but I think a lot of people are taking this too serious. Most of it is just an opinion and not a fact. Of course some things are in fact nonsense (I mean come on Lars von Trier, that was no plausible way to destroy earth with another Planet, you know that) but mostly it's just a subjective opinion. You can say that you don't agree but why insulting somebody because of that?

One last thing:
Sometimes I think that some people don't consider that there are a lot of different people in forums like this one. You can't see them or hear them so it's possible that you just get the wrong impression of somebody's emotional status. Maybe the user wasn't trying to insult you, maybe that's just the way he/she talks. Of course, that's not always the case but sometimes it is.
Posted 2/7/16
1.) Depends on the topic and the participants.

2.) You can get some insight into how others think, and improve your own opinions / understanding.
If nothing else learning or improving the ability to think critically. If you don't enjoy it why do it?

3.) Not really, and it ceased being debate.
Posted 2/7/16
It's possible, just not on forums like this one. It's called intellectual debates among adults; not adults behaving like children and actual children on sites like this.
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1. Do you like having a debate with others? (Why/Why not?)

I love it. I enjoy learning.

2. What's the point of a debate? Shouldn't you be enjoying it?

Learning. Yes.

3. Does insulting others on their viewpoint feel good?

No. Ad hominem.

Posted 2/7/16
I don't like debates. I prefer discussions.
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Posted 2/7/16
I like normal debates, it allows me to see the other side of a viewpoint and strengthen my own argument.
If it's a presidential debate, however, i get stupider the longer i watch.
Posted 2/7/16
I enjoy watching/listening to debates

The insulting part is unnecessary though, if you have to insult, I'm going to assume you have nothing better to say
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Posted 2/7/16
Debates supposedly are (or should be) a way for two people to reach some sort of agreement or middle groud, but in most debates, specially on the internet, both sides come in not willing to compromise on anything, instead, they usually double down on whatever preconceptions they already had. These kinds of debates are the ones which usually devolve into insults since both sides want to defend whatever it is they believe in no matter what. They also have no practical purpose as none of the parties involved usually change their beliefs (though they can be quite fun sometimes)
Posted 2/7/16

I hate when people constantly want to debate and it's usually just using words like "but" *enter semi-ok reason that can relate to what you just said but in a different form.

Still the same thing.
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