I have been witnessing several very good debates on a few online forums. The topics range from religious texts to the relevance of myths, from freedom to restraint and repression, and many other topics, too numerous to mention here.
What I love about the principal debaters is their uncanny ability to zoom into the heart of the matter, pick out the relevant points, and then take them apart with impeccable logic. Unlike many online discussions that rapidly degenerate into mud-slinging and awful personal attacks, these erudite debates are such an absolute delight!
On one of these forums, someone made a remark: Debates aren’t necessarily about changing beliefs but about awareness of ideas.
What a lovely way of putting it. I have learned much from these learned exchanges, and that has prompted me to sign up for yet another Coursera course! Yes, you guessed it right; it is Think Again: How to Reason and Argue. 😀
As the blurb for the course goes, I will at least learn “Nasty names (equivocator!) to call people who try to fool you with bad arguments.” 🙂