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Debate Score:17
Arguments:14
Total Votes:18
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Are debates a waste of time?

Is this irony?

Yes

Side Score: 4
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No

Side Score: 13
1 point

As the 'About' suggests CD is a "useful learning tool that will help groups of people to sort through issues, viewpoints and opinions so that consensus and understanding can be reached and better decisions can be made"

So if we do not do that and and do not engage with each other in meaningful discussion we do not learn anything which is I believe a purpose of debate, because useful debate helps us to be introspective about how and why we think the way we do and to be open to learning something new from someone else's point of view.

Side: Yes
1 point

I can never keep one going long enough because no one wants to play by "my rules."

Side: Yes
2 points

Not inherently, nor does debating necessarily need to be worthwhile.

I personally prefer an engaged, challenging debate but the mere exercise itself is an adequately stimulating diversion. Debate for the sake of debate is just fine by me. If something more comes of it, great.

Side: No
RileyN(9) Disputed
1 point

The rhetorician Callicles says that spending our time on things like debates however will lead to a life not well spent. In that we will never affirm a place in society or get the things we want. While this was based around ancient Greece some of his concept still applies to modern day.

Side: Yes
Jace(4985) Disputed
1 point

There is no objective standard to determine whether a life has been well spent. The only person who can determine that at all is the person whose life it is. We create our own meaning and significance; it does not exist beyond our conception of it.

Besides, plenty of people who have engaged in debates have gone on to lead stereotypically accomplished lives. The practice of debate can hone the mind which can be useful with other engagements. At the very worst, debate is a leisure activity; given that leisure is a psychological necessity for our species that can hardly be said to be self-destructive or counter-productive.

Side: No

Debating is useful and helpful. When you dispute an argument, you are constantly increasing your knowledge as your bran thinks up of different responses and evidences that could make a valid debate. Even when creating a debate, your brain is thinking of a good and popular debate topic that could attract different people to type in what and how they feel about the debate. There, hence a debate is useful and helpful.

Side: No
1 point

No I don't think so. Because while arguing about the issue might not do anything it's not about that. It's about sharing your view in an intelligent and thoughtful discussion. Yes this is a very ironic debate.

Side: No
RileyN(9) Disputed
1 point

But perhaps our time could be better spent? Maybe helping to advance society or helping those in need would be a better use of our time?

Side: Yes
Callstev(2) Disputed
2 points

But again that is not the point. If you debate an argument that doesn't mean you don't do anything about the issue. It just means that you want to share why you support your view and see why people oppose it.

Side: No
RileyN(9) Disputed
1 point

But maybe this is not the case. After all it is the discussion that leads to actions (such as helping those in need). So maybe it is necessary to debate, to reach a conclusion on what to do.

Side: No
1 point

I don't think so because sometimes debates can give you a whole new way of seeing things. Sometimes it changes you in the right ways.

Side: No

Debates can take a serious tone; they can take a frivolous tone. The main point is that debates should never get nasty.

Side: No
1 point

What you consider waste of time is relative.

Anyway, do you really think it is the right website to ask that?

Side: No

no there not. Debating is a way of expressing how we see things in the world and is a way of telling others just how much we agree with or disagree with something. We debate for a living weather you know it or not. We debate on what to watch, eat, price on a car, and a lot of other things.

Side: No