Monday, January 30, 2012
Debate in Science
Debate is important to science because it is a way in science of dealing with disputes over theory since in an ideal situation both sides get to make their case. The benefits of debate are that both sides get to make their case and get to a chance to learn about the other side and their own side as well. It works best when both sides are given equal footing respect which doses not always happen. The main problem is that debate seldom settles the dispute and one side can actually get insulting ruining the discussion. In practice it is only as useful as the participants’ ability to learn from it. If no one learns anything from a debate it’s a waste of time.