Debate Statement: The light bulb had a more profound impact on human history that the atomic bomb.
Pro (Light bulb): Christian and Karstan
Con (Atomic Bomb): Minh and Moses
Assessments: Judge Self Peer
- From the research, preparation and the debates themselves, what did you learn about the art of persuasion? Please explain.
I learned persuasion requires good information, a calm and collected mind, and confidence. Good research equals to good claims and rebuttal material. This helps with winning the debate and countering most information that the opposition throws at us. A calm mind during the preparation phase helps with organizing the research into something that will sway the odds of winning in my favor. Confidence in speaking helped with showing that you were ready and challenged the other team.
- How do you establish credibility as a debater? Explain fully.
To me, a serious and confidence tone helps establish credibility as people may think that you really know lots about your topic. Another thing that helps with credibility is to have good sources. While I didn’t state my sources, stating the sources that you used will help with credibility, as they know where you got your information from.
- What surprised you the most about your debate and/or the debate experience?
The thing that surprised me the most, is that the rebuttal phase was brutal. From what I saw, a few people were shocked at the questions that their opponents gave. It surprised me, as I thought that the debaters were ready for such things, that they had answers to those questions. Jun’s and Nam’s debate surprised me the most, however. They seemed as if they were prepared for anything the other team threw at them.
- What were you most proud of in your own debate?
I was most proud of the fact that I forced the opposition to look back at what they said. Their points, to me, contradicted to what they were trying to pass, that the atomic bomb is far more revolutionary than a light bulb. They kept on saying that it killed people rather than saying the lives that it would’ve saved.
- What would be your next steps? Or in other words, what would you have done differently?
I would definitely add in my counterclaims into my speech, and cite my sources whenever I want/need to.
[6. Additional Comments, Questions, Observations or Suggestions.]
I have nothing.