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Big Debates Philosophy

Big Debates is for normal people who want to take on the toughest topics. Sex, race, politics, God, gender, robots, money, babies, borders, culture, morals and Donald Trump.

Big Debates is the battleground of tough ideas

We are currently the largest debating platform in Asia. 1 X live Big Debate p/month.

Big Debates is a battlefield of ideas that could crush your ideology in one intellectual bullet. Come along, fire the shots, take the hits, reflect, learn and laugh. Our aim is to facilitate meaningful and intelligent discussions. We are a battleground of tough ideas and these ideas have no limits*. Big Debates does not censor any ideas*. Controversial and provocative opinions are encouraged and challenged simultaneously.

We are not a group of friends that sit in a circle, softly share ideas and hand out flowers. We are a random mix of evolving identities that challenge and push each other out of our comfort zones.

All perspectives welcome. All nationalities welcome. All participation levels welcome (both front-line debaters and passive listeners). Advanced+ levels of English necessary. Anyone simply wanting to practise their English should go to Toastmasters.

*Big Debates only censors ideas that are illegal in the nation we are operating in. So in China, we censor and ban and criticism of the host nation government.

*All debates are moderated by impartial (as much as humanly possible) moderators.

Upcoming events (1)

Trump should lose the US election

Shanghai Brewhouse

After 66 people attended the Big Statues Debate, the 45th Big Debate is a USA election special. Big Debate motion: Trump should lose the US election Are you For the motion? Against the motion? Undecided? Note: As always, no offence of our host nation is tolerated. Is Trump making America great again? Should Biden replace Trump? Our new Jing’an venue Shanghai Brewhouse will serve a Big Debates Special Burger and Drink deal. Entry is 30RMB pre-paid price. 50RMB at the door. Discounted tickets: Add the Big Debates wechat account: BigDebates Debate format: Each Debate will have 4 Front Line Debaters, 2 For the motion, 2 Against the motion. *All front-line debaters need to contact Liam McManus as soon as possible to be considered as a Front-line debater. Contact Liam via Wechat@liam-mcmanus. Initial Vote: All debaters/audience members will cast their vote for the motion, against the motion or undecided. Opening Statements: Front-line debaters will be each be given 4 minutes of uninterrupted argument presentation time. Rebuttal: The floor will be opened to the Front-line debaters to respond to each others opening statements. Full Scale Debate: The audience join in with questions, comments and challenges for the Front-liners. The Moderater will facilitate full scale all out debate through a variety of key battle areas. Closing Statements: One Front-line debater and one audience members for each side will each have 2 minutes uninterrupted closing statements. Final Vote: All debaters will cast their vote for, against or undecided. The side that changed the most minds from the initial vote shall win. *No criticism of the our host nation is permitted. Check our Big Debates Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BigDebates

Past events (46)

Many Western statues need taking down

The Camel (Yueyang Road)


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