1. Standard memberDoctorScribbles
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    12 Oct '06 03:02
    This place has become an intellectual wasteland. Can you blame bbarr for abandoning it?
  2. Standard memberNemesio
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    12 Oct '06 03:32
    Originally posted by DoctorScribbles
    This place has become an intellectual wasteland. Can you blame bbarr for abandoning it?
    Does it surprise me? No. Do I (daily) pine his action? Yes. Do I wish he would come back? Yes.

    I'm not sure that blame enters into the mix for me.

    Nemesio
  3. Donationrwingett
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    12 Oct '06 05:06
    Originally posted by DoctorScribbles
    This place has become an intellectual wasteland. Can you blame bbarr for abandoning it?
    RHP with Bbarr and DoctorScribbles equals (presumably) something worthwhile.

    RHP with just DoctorScribbles equals a wasteland.

    What would RHP with neither Bbarr nor DoctorScribbles equal?
  4. Standard memberXanthosNZ
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    12 Oct '06 06:21
    Originally posted by rwingett
    RHP with Bbarr and DoctorScribbles equals (presumably) something worthwhile.

    RHP with just DoctorScribbles equals a wasteland.

    What would RHP with neither Bbarr nor DoctorScribbles equal?
    RBHill
  5. Territories Unknown
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    13 Oct '06 01:01
    Originally posted by DoctorScribbles
    This place has become an intellectual wasteland. Can you blame bbarr for abandoning it?
    Being an intellectual waste-wad, I find that I can't even ponder such a question.
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    13 Oct '06 12:56
    Originally posted by DoctorScribbles
    This place has become an intellectual wasteland. Can you blame bbarr for abandoning it?
    It's a shame Bbarr became part of the scenary of the wasteland when he got "deja vous" (sic) wrong!!!
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    13 Oct '06 18:021 edit
    Originally posted by DoctorScribbles
    This place has become an intellectual wasteland. Can you blame bbarr for abandoning it?
    13 Oct '06 15:53 :: 0 recommendations
    (Originally posted by lucifershammer
    Really? Care to elaborate?)


    DrS: "I am one of this forum's main bastions of what is reasonable.

    I am the Champion of Debates. That's not something you achieve being unreasonable.

    I don't care to elaborate, lest I become mistaken for the fool for arguing with one."

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    I don't blame Bbarr !
  8. Felicific Forest
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    13 Oct '06 18:042 edits
    Originally posted by howardgee
    It's a shame Bbarr became part of the scenary of the wasteland when he got "deja vous" (sic) wrong!!!
    ... and you tried to correct him by spelling it "Deja vu". It is spelled "Déjà vu" , Howard dear !
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    13 Oct '06 18:13
    Originally posted by ivanhoe
    ... and you tried to correct him by spelling it "Deja vu". It is spelled "Déjà vu" , Howard dear !
    The best debates I've seen on Discussion Forums are the ones that are moderated for word count with a certain number of rounds and a certain limited number of questions. Then closing statments help.

    These kinds of debates one can go away from with a sense of where the stronger argument was made.

    Endless bantor back and forth is not as good - any subject.
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    13 Oct '06 18:232 edits
    Originally posted by jaywill
    The best debates I've seen on Discussion Forums are the ones that are moderated for word count with a certain number of rounds and a certain limited number of questions. Then closing statments help.

    These kinds of debates one can go away from with a sense of where the stronger argument was made.

    Endless bantor back and forth is not as good - any subject.
    I don't know about that. I once saw a highly pretentious "debate" about Objectivism vs. Anarchism where neither participant got around to actually making any arguments in support of their position until halfway through (I remember there was a lot of silly posturing around spellings and insulting of the other participant -- somehow some people think that's a "debate" ). And, in terms of rebuttals, there were barely any made until the closing essays.
  11. Felicific Forest
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    13 Oct '06 18:401 edit
    I wonder what our most refined, most respectfull, most unbiased and most unvulgar debater has to say about the subject raised.
  12. Standard memberDoctorScribbles
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    13 Oct '06 18:407 edits
    Originally posted by lucifershammer
    I don't know about that. I once saw a highly pretentious "debate" about Objectivism vs. Anarchism where neither participant got around to actually making any arguments in support of their position until halfway through (I remember there was a lot of silly posturing around spellings and insulting of the other participant -- somehow some people think th ebate" ). And, in terms of rebuttals, there were barely any made until the closing essays.
    This is a complete mischaracterization of the Great Debate of '06. The debate was not pretentious, and I don't recall any posturing. I don't recall any personal insults. One spelling mistake was cited as evidence of my correct claim that my opponent was unfamiliar with the written material he was attempting to criticise - it was made to highlight a lack of knowledge, not a lack of typing or spelling skills. Although I cannot speak for my opponent, my delay in affirmatively presenting my position was a strategic necessity. My rebuttals began in my opening response. I do recall all of the judges commending both participants' informative and well-argued presentations.
  13. Territories Unknown
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    13 Oct '06 20:08
    Originally posted by DoctorScribbles
    This is a complete mischaracterization of the Great Debate of '06. The debate was not pretentious, and I don't recall any posturing. I don't recall any personal insults. One spelling mistake was cited as evidence of my correct claim that my opponent was unfamiliar with the written material he was attempting to criticise - it was made to highlight ...[text shortened]... l all of the judges commending both participants' informative and well-argued presentations.
    This is a complete mischaracterization of the Great Debate of '06.
    Any event wherein the best line is, "You can't double-stamp a no-stampsies," can hardly be construed as "great," or "debate." You did, however, get the year correct.
  14. Standard memberDavid C
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    13 Oct '06 20:411 edit
    Can someone please link the debate thread?
  15. Territories Unknown
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    13 Oct '06 20:46
    Originally posted by David C
    Can someone please link the debate thread?
    I don't think Hell has a hyperlink. Sorry.
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