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No matter what stages in our lives everyone is going to have differing opinions on certain topics. Often people argue with each other based on what they believe is right and just. Most arguments are based on individuals emotions. They have a strong emotion about a topic and feel the need to explain why their view is the right one to have. Often people get upset over a debate and are very one sided. Someone who is arguing for one side of a topic will often disregard the other side which is a fatal flaw. Although you may not view the other side as correct, it is valuable to state facts of the other side and try to explain why they are negative. Often extremely one sided arguments that provide no fact of the other side are easy to shoot down. The topic of abortion in the class debates was one that had a lot of emotion tied in with it. Were we really getting the rock solid facts or were we getting someones opinion in an attempt to sound like a fact? It is often hard to listen to the other side of a debate because you often already have a personal stand on the issue. Our in class debates were pretty formal. They included a constructive, cross-examination, rebuttal and conclusion. We were very well prepared (at least most of us) for these arguments but in real life there are times you often have no preparation for an argument. If you meet some guy on the street who wants to argue about if marijuana should be legalized you dont have any facts to whip out off the top of your head. This often makes real life arguments harder to fight. I personally believe that the best debate in our class was the legalization of marijuana debate between Autumn and Alexa. They both did a really good job providing facts for their side of the argument but yet still addressed the other side. They had really good questions to ask each other during the cross- examination, some of which the other couldn’t answer. When it came to the rebuttal they both proved why the other side was wrong, pointing out fallacies each other used. Their conclusions were strong as well making it extremely hard, as a listener, to decide which side had won the debate.

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