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The Art of Debate

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If you're like many people, you might associate debate with a high school or college club, or perhaps a TV political debate that features two or more candidates talking over each other. But if these are your only associations with debating, you're missing out on an exhilarating intellectual pursuit that can help you in all aspects of your daily life. The ability to debate - to present persuasive arguments, pierce the logic of others, and turn the tables against withering cross-examinations - is one of the truest tests of one's intellectual capacity.

The Art of Debate offers you the ultimate how-to guide for anyone interested in learning this powerful skill. Taught by acclaimed Professor Jarrod Atchison of Wake Forest University, these 24 stimulating lectures will help you develop your command of logic, construct clear and concise arguments, recognize the fallacies in others' reasoning, and sharpen your strategic thinking skills. Through a series of well-structured lectures that proceed logically through each formal element of a debate, Professor Atchison shows you how to build and defend an argument, sharpening your critical thinking skills so that you come away from the course well prepared for any kind of debate.

While Professor Atchison provides you an abundance of insight into the formal elements of debate, the focus of this course is on applied debating - developing skills that you can apply to the real world to help you think through complex issues and arrive at better decisions. Imagine you are a manager faced with a difficult dilemma: should you repair some of your manufacturing equipment, or invest in new equipment? What do you do?

Whether you are trying to make a tough business decision or lead a lively discussion at the dinner table, this course will elevate your strategic thinking, providing insight not only into how to win arguments, but how to present ideas more generally.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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    Brandon Smith SEATTLE, WA 04-10-17
    Brandon Smith SEATTLE, WA 04-10-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Great Introduction"

    Great introduction to formal debate. I have no experience with debate other than what I've seen on TV and this book definitely gives a nice overview of how formal debate works and some of the logic and startgeies that are used.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Parker 04-02-17
    Jay Parker 04-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "May not be what you think!"

    This is a course on academic debate and all the formal rules that go with it. It will make you a better debater; however, do not expect real world debaters and judges to be so disciplined, nor so respectful of rules.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Tobias Middlemarch St. Petersburg, Florida, USA 05-21-17
    Tobias Middlemarch St. Petersburg, Florida, USA 05-21-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Engaging, Informative & Exhilarating"

    Professor Atchison teaches debate and argumentation theory very, very well. As he is careful to point out in his lectures, studying argumentation is important to us as individuals, as it helps us make our own thinking logically sound. This course of course helps us learn to take down poor reasoning, in ourselves and in others, gently and firmly. This course is essential in our modern search for truth, especially in the many controversies that surround us socially and politically.

    Of particular interest to this, Professor Atchison takes several of our most modern and relevant controversies and debates both sides of them, without bias. You'll want to spend a credit on this course.

    Thanks much, Professor Atchison!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Sarratt 05-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Snake in the grass"

    I was enjoying this book until I realized it is a platform for climate change bs and gun control. That is all.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    George Methvin 04-10-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Debate or Discipelship"

    I really enjoied pearing into what the progressive movment believes. Listen to these lectures and you will know how to debate a liberal. Rush L. is absolutely correct in his outline of the progressive movement. These lectures expose the Academics discipleship techniques and how they see the world. "They have the facts" the of us are nuckel dragging Neanderthals. :)

    7 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    "worth a Credit!!"

    loved the course despite it not being what I expected it to be.
    lecture interesting and useful in a broad range of situations.

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    I've just finished the first section, and I'm dreading the next. Atchison's speaking style feels like the beat of a snare drum. Punchy, sometimes forced, the energy is both monotonous and makes me flinchy. Every sentence has the same pace, and cadences are identical throughout. There is very little pitch variation. Almost all of the ends of sentences are rushed and clipped, like an old Chinese opera cadence, except every 1.5 seconds or so. I also find the Midwest accent annoying (IH is not a pretty vowel, and it's a sloppy one), but I could easily overlook that with some sort of variance in the rhythm or pitch. I might just have to crack out some Bradbury for commiseration.

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