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05-02-2014, 09:52 PM
RE: My thoughts on this debate
How do I get around that?!

"You can't prove the earth is more than 6000 years old!"
"Um... Look at this tree."
"GOD MADE IT LIKE THAT!"
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05-02-2014, 09:53 PM
RE: My thoughts on this debate
(05-02-2014 12:25 PM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  I actually liked the format of the debate. I despise so-called debates that become shouting matches. I was watching one such debate with Ken Ham where he just monopolized the whole discussion and didn't seem to allow others to speak.

But that was a debate amongst theists I believe....

I felt this way at first, too, and I was very impressed with how well they stayed within their time allotments. I also really like it when the questions from the audience are written down ahead of time because it becomes unruly and wasteful when they walk up to a mike to ask. This is by far the best way to do Q&A.

But to get back to the original point, I agree that most debates do get heated when there is a free flow of ideas and points, but in this debate, I felt the lack of exchange hurt Bill's ability to hold Ham's feet to the fire (and I no doubt believe Ham set this up that way). Even the 2-minute, 1-minute segment may have seemed like a chance at exchange, but it wasn't. The 1-minute response wasn't a rebuttal but a chance to answer the same question. Then that person got asked a new question, so the opponent never had to face any brushback.

Oh well.

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05-02-2014, 09:57 PM
RE: My thoughts on this debate
(05-02-2014 09:52 PM)Colourcraze Wrote:  How do I get around that?!

"You can't prove the earth is more than 6000 years old!"
"Um... Look at this tree."
"GOD MADE IT LIKE THAT!"
<.<

You call them on being a pathological liar, making shit up as they go along.

It's Special Pleadings all the way down!


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05-02-2014, 09:59 PM
RE: My thoughts on this debate
(05-02-2014 09:53 PM)WillHopp Wrote:  
(05-02-2014 12:25 PM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  I actually liked the format of the debate. I despise so-called debates that become shouting matches. I was watching one such debate with Ken Ham where he just monopolized the whole discussion and didn't seem to allow others to speak.

But that was a debate amongst theists I believe....

I felt this way at first, too, and I was very impressed with how well they stayed within their time allotments. I also really like it when the questions from the audience are written down ahead of time because it becomes unruly and wasteful when they walk up to a mike to ask. This is by far the best way to do Q&A.

But to get back to the original point, I agree that most debates do get heated when there is a free flow of ideas and points, but in this debate, I felt the lack of exchange hurt Bill's ability to hold Ham's feet to the fire (and I no doubt believe Ham set this up that way). Even the 2-minute, 1-minute segment may have seemed like a chance at exchange, but it wasn't. The 1-minute response wasn't a rebuttal but a chance to answer the same question. Then that person got asked a new question, so the opponent never had to face any brushback.

Oh well.

I agree. The best debates I've seen are those where the two participants are seated next to each other and allowed to have a discussion. Granted, these types of debates are usually held by gentlemen who can keep the discussion civil. The moderator is only needed to introduce questions for discussion.

But now I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.

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06-02-2014, 12:16 AM
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