[eDebate] just shut up and debate

Michael Korcok mmk_savant
Mon Jun 26 22:20:49 CDT 2006

and policy debate improves the critical thinking of participants: the literature to that effect is impressive.  
maybe other forms of debate also improve critical thinking ability, but that literature is not impressive.but critical thinking is debate's bread and butter, because it sure ain't style, cool, or pretty.
and persons with improved critical thinking abilities are de-politicized in an important respect.  
not de-politicized in that they stop caring about the public realm, but de-politicized in the sense of less likely to be prancing ideological monkeys.but monkeys will be monkeys and sometimes even several decades in debate doesn't fix it.
there is pretty good research that the higher a person's critical thinking skills the lower their religiosity.
not everyone and not every time, but you know, it is a pretty solid correlation.
but you know we can prove this wrong by recruiting Team Jesus or Debaters For The One True Path.
same thing.
Michael Korcok
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