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The Ten Commandments of Rational Debate

Posted: 26 May 2013, 21:43
by treegod
I thought this was especially apt to share here with you guys. :D

http://i.imgur.com/136HtQp.jpg

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Re: The Ten Commandments of Rational Debate

Posted: 27 May 2013, 07:19
by Dysgwr
Good find treegod! Would be good to be able to post that in here on the banner

Re: The Ten Commandments of Rational Debate

Posted: 27 May 2013, 18:00
by Sciethe
Loving it.
That's going to be my desktop for a while.
S

Re: The Ten Commandments of Rational Debate

Posted: 27 May 2013, 18:56
by Opal
That is great. Being post on a Druid form, it reminds me of The Instructions of King Cormac (the earliest copy we have is from the 1300s but might originally be much older than that, from pre-Christian times).

In it, King Cormac gives wise advice on rational debate:
“O Cormac, grandson of Conn”, said Carbery, “What is the worst pleading and arguing?”

“Not hard to tell”, said Cormac.
"Contending against knowledge,
contending without proofs
taking refuge in bad language
a stiff delivery
a muttering speech
hair-splitting
uncertain proofs,
despising books
turning against custom
shifting one’s pleading
inciting the mob
blowing one’s own trumpet
shouting at the top of one’s voice."
I had always thought of myself as a critical thinker, but until I learned about the tools such as the ones you posted I had no idea just how woolly my thinking could be.

Re: The Ten Commandments of Rational Debate

Posted: 22 Jun 2013, 06:46
by Aoife
Wonderful!

Re: The Ten Commandments of Rational Debate

Posted: 03 Jul 2013, 10:51
by Red Raven
I've always thought that it's better not to raise your voice but to improve your argument.