William Bronson wrote:So far the acceptiblity of any post seems to be decided by a judgement call.
It is what it is.
Adam Ormes wrote:I also now see that the word debate has an unfortunate context.
Travis Johnson wrote:Todd, I will chew on this for awhile as I am not good with off-the-cuff answers sometimes, but want you to know, that I have the utmost respect for you, and if you were not 1600 miles from here, I would buy you a coffee and chat with you probably endlessly about farming.
I was also wrong in regards to the LGD thread because you and the original poster was thinking in terms of hobby farm status and I was thinking in terms of full-time farming; far different mind sets. I realized that and stayed mum, but do apologize to you.
Again you always have my respect.
Miles Flansburg wrote:Well... debating with 'Strangers" can be a bit tricky especially on line where we cannot see facial expressions and body language. In my experience , most of the "debates" that I have witnessed online have turned into flame wars and pissed people off, sometimes to the point that they left the forum where it was happening. Here at permies there are several rules that help. Using "I think "statements, the be nice policy , and others. I grew up in a family that learned by debating, which really has affected my life, as what they really did was learn by arguing...knock down drag out screaming sometimes. So I personally try to avoid debating. I usually run from a room when debates start.
I was curious about other people's perspective about debating in general.
Men are creatures of passion and prejudice. The language they must use to communicate is an imperfect medium, clouded by emotion and colored by interest, as well as inadequately transparent for thought.
...many people regard disagreement as unrelated to either teaching or being taught. They think that everything is just a matter of opinion. I have mine. You have yours. Our right to our opinions is as inviolable as our right to private property. On such a view, communication cannot be profitable if the profit to be gained is an increase in knowledge. Conversation is hardly better than a ping-pong game of opposed opinions...
...a word can have many meanings, especially an important word. If the author uses a word in one meaning, and the reader reads it in another, words have passed between them, but they have not come to terms. Where there is unresolved ambiguity in communication, there is no communication, or at best it must be incomplete.