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debate definitions

stephen k.
stephenkirby
San Diego, CA
Post #: 8
The Rules of Debating: Debating with yourself and/or Debating with others;

There is no ‘’right or wrong’’, there is only ‘’right’’ and ’’not quite right’’.

Right is right. No problem with that definition, right?
Wrong is wrong. No problem with that definition, right?
Result; Two diametrically opposed views. 180 degrees apart. Very hard to compromise, right?

Ok, now let’s look at it this way;
Right is right. No problem with that definition, right?

Not Quite Right There two definitions of ‘’not quite right’’;
a. mis-informed, deluded, mixed-up, nuts, crazy, insane, alcoholic, drug-addled, bonkers, off your rocker, brain-dead, zombied, mystical, evil, i.e. ‘’wrong’’, etc.
b. you are right, but not quite as right as you/he/she think(s) you could be.
Result a; Two diametrically opposed views. 180 degrees apart. Very hard to compromise, right?

Result b; Two views that are only 90 degrees apart, more or less, because you/he/she acknowledge that you hold many positions equally but differ on some of the ways you/he/she express as to how to get to the # 1 Goal held in common by all: ________________________
(you fill in the blank line, but it’s always good)

So right away; ‘’Right and Not Quite Right’’ reduces the range of misunderstanding by 50% over ‘’Right and Wrong’’.
Also conversely and right away; ‘’Right and Not Quite Right’’ increases the Probability of Compromise by 50% , more or less.

This is not new for some of you. So think of the above as a re-stating of whatever/wherever/whenever .
you heard it first and understood it first. Please post or email these, as I’m making a collection of similarities, (or dissimilarities).

For those of you who have questions, post or email them and we’ll see if clarity really does stem from curiosity.

This link will take you to a graph/drawing which may provide clarity;


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