michaelj Posted January 18, 2019 Share Posted January 18, 2019 This seems like an interesting place to discuss this. Particularly given the propensity among people here to apply "mental models" to thinking about investments, etc. Of course it applies beyond political debates. Below are a few characteristics that often indicate that someone is approaching a debate or discussion as sport (to win, to entertain (one's self or others), to blow off steam, etc.) rather than as constructive exchange of divergent views. Of course there's often overlap between the two, and while debating for sport isn't inherently bad, it's useful to be able to identify which of the two you're engaging. - Nitpicking - Insults/ad hominem attacks - Deflection/prevarication - Straw-manning - Goal-post moving What else would you add? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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