Do you like heated debates?

A big part of Ratburger.org for me is to have a place where heated debates can be had once again. I love a good back and forth that challenges me. It sharpens me and gets me to think. Even though I think I am always right, I like to see the other perspective. And when I am wrong, I get to be corrected so I am always right again.

I should clarify about what I mean by a heated debate. I mean a debate about some issue and not a debate on the total lack of integrity and intellectual honesty of my interlocutor. (I take that as a given, don’t you?)

It is great to be around people with similar beliefs but it is even better at times to get to test my mettle against a worthy opponent especially that guy who lives in the middle of Europe.

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23 thoughts on “Do you like heated debates?”

  1. Richard Easton:
    I agree that there’s no need to debate Dime’s integrity or intellectual honesty. J/K

    That’s because you don’t know the meanings of the terms, Richard. I have standards. In fact I have double the standards of others.

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  2. TKC 1101:

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    Would you like me to fluff your pillow too?

    I suggest you discuss that with my pillow to get consent.

    Do you have Ms. Polly Esther’s email, TKC, so I can discuss aeration topics?

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  3. I don’t like heated debates. I like interesting conversations, but actually not debates. Although I don’t know what the difference is. I guess in a conversation you aren’t trying to change the persons mind on anything and in a debate you are.

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  4. Mate De:
    I don’t like heated debates. I like interesting conversations, but actually not debates. Although I don’t know what the difference is. I guess in a conversation you aren’t trying to change the persons mind on anything and in a debate you are.

    Mate D, you have had enough heated “conversations” to be an expert. The heat is usually on the other side, right?

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  5. 10 Cents:

    Mate De:
    I don’t like heated debates. I like interesting conversations, but actually not debates. Although I don’t know what the difference is. I guess in a conversation you aren’t trying to change the persons mind on anything and in a debate you are.

    Mate D, you have had enough heated “conversations” to be an expert. The heat is usually on the other side, right?

    I bring the heat sometimes, but I don’t like it when I do. But I’m just a weak female and sometimes succumb to my more baser instincts.

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  6. Mate De:

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    Mate De:
    I don’t like heated debates. I like interesting conversations, but actually not debates. Although I don’t know what the difference is. I guess in a conversation you aren’t trying to change the persons mind on anything and in a debate you are.

    Mate D, you have had enough heated “conversations” to be an expert. The heat is usually on the other side, right?

    I bring the heat sometimes, but I don’t like it when I do. But I’m just a weak female and sometimes succumb to my more baser instincts.

    It must be the Irish New Yorker that makes you so weak. Next you will tell me how timid and quiet you are.

    I guess it depends how people define heated. I can see where it could be defined to be counterproductive but I wasn’t thinking that.

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  7. Mate De:
    I don’t like heated debates. I like interesting conversations, but actually not debates. Although I don’t know what the difference is. I guess in a conversation you aren’t trying to change the persons mind on anything and in a debate you are.

    I agree with you here because in today’s world there appears to be no possibility of changing differing opinions. It’s an interesting phenomenon that doesn’t reflect well on society because too many people develop points de vue based upon emotion and not the facts. So many people decide that they will support what they wish was true with absolutely no respect for reality.

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