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08 October 2014 @ 12:01 pm
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Palanth Dragonpalanth on October 10th, 2014 12:01 am (UTC)
Corollary: Never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty and the pig enjoys it.
Araquan Skytracer: Originalaraquan on October 10th, 2014 08:27 am (UTC)
Definitely agree re: debate team veterans. Logic class veterans aren't much better, but at least they usually snap out of their acquired conversational dysfunction one to six months after the class ends; debate team veterans can be affected for years.
Your Obedient Serpent: His Master's Voiceathelind on October 10th, 2014 10:23 am (UTC)
The problem is that high school debate takes impressionable minds and convinces them that an adversarial model is the only legitimate form of discourse. Every conversation becomes a battle or a competition or a game to win.

When you encounter a Master Debater, the best thing to do is to back away slowly, close the door, and let them play with themselves.