The Great Balloon Debate

Discussion in 'The Tree of Proposition' started by Unraveller, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. Unraveller

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    Greetings! As Chancellor of the Guild I feel it falls on me to get things moving. To that end I am proposing a debate that is somewhat outside of our usual rules and style but is a lot of fun.

    Some of you may know this one under different guises but this is the best version I know. To put it simply, you are all up in a hot air balloon. Unfortunately a few things start to go wrong. First, the guy flying the balloon keels over dead of a heart-attack. Then the wind gets up, blowing you out towards the shark-infested sea. And finally a bird punctures the balloon. It is at this point that you notice the parachute. There is only one and you must decide who gets it before you are blown out to sea and the balloon drops you into the drink. You each get a chance to say why you should get it and then a second chance to speak to point out why anyone else doesn't deserve it.


    *This is an individual debate with unlimited participants. Whoever is interested reply in this thread. The first round of speaking will be propositional (ie why you deserve to live) and the second rebuttal (ie. poking holes in others' arguments) so there will be a total of two posts per participant, time limits to be established once interest has been gauged. Voting will be by jury.*
     
  2. Nienor

    Nienor Administrator Staff Member

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    I was wondering when you guys planned on getting something started here. :p
     
  3. Unraveller

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    I guess we were all just waiting for each other. Want to take part?
     
  4. volksmenner

    volksmenner practitioner of æsthetics

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    comment retracted. it seems i have jumped the gun. on top of that i am chastised by our dear chancellor for presenting a weak argument. today is not my day. tomorrow will be better. so if i may have one more go, i officially toss my hat into the ring.
     
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  5. Unraveller

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    I should clarify, this is only the proposition thread, to register the participants and set the limits. I'll open a proper debate thread once we have some more people signed up. Secondly, you don't have to be yourself (although you can be if you want to).

    As for your arguments, they're rather vague, you want to sharpen them up a bit to avoid a toothy dunking ;)
     
  6. Nienor

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    Do you promise I can have an opponent that I'd like to find reasons why they shouldn't live? ;)

    Are we allowed to exaggerate our real life accomplishments as you'd never know better?
     
  7. volksmenner

    volksmenner practitioner of æsthetics

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    feel free to beat up on me nienor. after all, i am a regular punching bag. and you may exaggerate to your hearts delight so long as you are convincing. but i am certain one as angelic as you need not. i almost want to give you the parachute. almost.
     
  8. Cascador

    Cascador Who's Anakin?

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    In all these occasions everybody is a coward, so they wouldn't really care for why they deserve the parachute. I bet there would be a lot more people on board anyway who deserve it above me...
    I think that's maybe the only reason why I would deserve the balloon. To show that I'm selfless and would give it to anyone lower or above me.
     
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  9. Unraveller

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    So pretend to be someone who does deserve it ;)
     
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    Cascador Who's Anakin?

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    I'm not a pretender, if you want my genuine opinion, then I won't pretend;)
     
  11. clouded_perception

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  12. ~Elladan~

    ~Elladan~ A Elbereth Gilthoniel

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    Sounds interesting :)

    *starts stirring pot of poison*
     
  13. Unraveller

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    Ok. I'll open the debate thread over the weekend. I'll allow until Friday for people to make their first post, then I'll post the rebuttal round and everyone will get a chance to post again. Then it's down to the jury ;)
     
  14. Unraveller

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    Debate thread opened.
     
  15. Unraveller

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    Hurry up, only one reply so far and less than 48 hours to go...
     
  16. clouded_perception

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    Maybe I'm all alone in the balloon... the others must have thrown themselves over the edge, unable to combat my awesome powers of debate... ;)
     
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