Weighing Arguments in Academic Debate.docx

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Weighing is comparing arguments to provide your judge with reasons to prefer your arguments or evidence over your opponent’s arguments or evidence. The Wisdom and Purpose of Weighing Provides methods for debaters to access the ballot It is an underused skill meaning odds are you will be better at it than your opponent Adds strength to your arguments Weakens opponents arguments Enhances a debaters ethos as it provides a debater with an appearance of mastery of the issues in a round Types of weighing Magnitude – the severity of the impact. Extinction vs. nuclear war Bioterrorism vs. chemical warfare Poverty vs. disease Security vs. decreased privacy Economic decline vs. nuclear war Economic growth vs. property rights Increased security vs. loss of privacy Scope - how broadly an impact is felt across a population or the world. The impact will be felt by one, some, or all of: The poor Indigenous communities Developing countries Women Minorities The young The old The sick Refugees The biosphere Endangered species Everyone Probability - how likely is the impact?
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