Friday, September 23, 2011

Debate an its Place in Science

Debate is a formal interactive discussion of opposing ideas on a specific topic.

In science debate is a method for handling disputes over competing theories because both sides get to make their case. An example of this are debates on Creation Vs Evolution how ever it seldom actually settles the dispute.

A long as both sides can make their case it is an opportunity to learn about the other side as well as one’s own. It is important that both sides are given equal footing and respect which doses not always happen.

Since debate usually does not settles the dispute and one side can actually get insulting ruining the discussion in practice it is only useful as long the participants and observers learn from it. If no one learns anything from a debate it’s a waste of time.

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