Debate versus Discussion:  Why Debates are a Waste of Time!

I wrote this four years ago before Trump was elected. As you can see from last nights debate, the situation has only become worse. There was little or no discussion or clarification of issues. The debate was a debacle which gave a black eye to America and shows how far politics under Trump has descended into madness and hysteria. God save our country.

Aging Capriciously

(Listen to the Debate Song, while you read my blog this week.)

berniedebateOnce upon a time, I thought debates were the answer to the question of “how do we discover the truth?”  I thought that if you put two intelligent people together and each took opposing positions on an issue, that through the interplay of ideas the truth would emerge.  If you think about this a bit, it is the basis for our judicial system in America.  One side argues for the defendant, the other side argues for the prosecution or against the defendant.   It is also the basis for an academic exercise called Dialectical Research or Dialectical Inquiry.

dialectical inquiryA dialectical investigation is a form of qualitative research which utilizes the method of dialectic, aiming to discover truth through examining and interrogating competing ideas, perspectives or arguments.  This latter method is often applied through the use of case studies in which students or investigators discuss…

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