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After a far-too-long hiatus, we're going to start this group up again! For those of you who are new (or those who are old :-P), I'd like to lay down the ground-rules for DeeTwenty Debate Club:

1. Debating is a game. The point of what we're doing here is to have fun by arguing over ideas, for the sake of the intellectual challenge. We're not trying to uncover truth or proselytise a point of view. The game is about either defending or attacking a proposition, regardless of whether or not you happen to agree with it. In fact, most of the time it's more fun to argue for a point that you disagree with!

2. Play the ball, not the player. Limit your arguments and criticisms to the idea. Personal attacks, ad hominem arguments, insults or anything of that nature won't be tolerated. Even if the target of your derision isn't a person in the group, that kind of thing is not cool.

3. Offence is taken, not given. As long as everyone is following rules 1 & 2, there should be no reason for anyone to be offended by anything here. Ideas themselves have no feelings. If someone criticises an idea or belief you happen to hold dear, remember that it's the idea that's facing criticism, not you.

4. What happens in Debate Club stays in Debate Club. In a world saturated with social media, camera-phones and other passive surveillance, it's all-too-easy to catch a sound-byte of someone out of context and use it to damage their reputation, even inadvertently. Given that we'll often be advancing arguments that we don't actually believe, it's only fair that we grant each other a healthy respect for privacy and anonymity, insofar as it's reasonable to do so.

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Which of these do you think is the most likely to succeed?
Publish a long-form article detailing the challenges involved in fighting an enemy that does not value human life

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"Socrates Café are gatherings around the world where people from different backgrounds get together and exchange thoughtful ideas and experiences while embracing the central theme of Socratizing; the idea that we learn more when we question and question with others."

Sounds interesting. What do you guys think?

Is loyalty still a relevant and desirable thing today?

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Our new logo!

"Transite in litore conchulam" means "Pass the conch", a reference to our card system giving everyone a say. 

It's borrowed from William Golding's 'Lord of the Flies' where the characters invent a system where, at their community meetings, only the person holding the conch shell has the right to speak, thereby giving him a chance to be heard before the next person speaks.

Possible topic: abortion rights should be protected in patriarchal societies where sex-selective abortion (ie, terminating a pregnancy if the fetus is female) is rife.

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Our rain-barrel of topics is starting to run a little low, so I've created a new "Topic Suggestions" category for this group. Please post any suggested topics in there, and we'll add them to the list we randomly select from.

Just a couple of things to keep in mind when coming up with a topic:
1. Controversial is good. If everyone around the table agrees (or disagrees) unanimously with the topic, the conversation won't last very long.
2. Try to keep it as a statement, not a question. Once everyone's answered a question, there's not much more to be said. But a statement can be disagreed with, argued, overturned or reinterpreted.
3. Try to keep it generic. If it's too technical, some people might not follow the relevance or detail. If you can't avoid using jargon of some kind, try to define it in the wording of the topic.

It doesn't matter if we've already discussed the topic you suggest. As long as it wasn't too recent, it'll give us a chance to take a fresh look at an idea with new information and new debaters.
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