On Thu, 28 Sep 2000, Chuq Von Rospach wrote:
> At 10:38 AM -0400 9/28/00, Dave Sill wrote:
> >And why do people debate? To convince others to adopt their
> sometimes I'm convinced it's because they like hearing their
> own voice.
Some people debate to flatter themselves and most people debate
to persuade. On the other hand, if you're not listening to the
other person's arguments, you're not learning their ideas. If
you don't defend your own ideas in the light of criticism by
others, your ideas haven't been tested and refined. There's more
to debate that mere salesmanship and vanity.
- murr -