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Finding Wisdom in a Fractured World

Harold Lloyd | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Harold Lloyd

The wise person understands why we run from questions that we might not be able to answer, and why we wrongly avoid other obstacles or risks that we should face. Our default emotions have evolved to lament loss more than to celebrate gain.

Uptown Showdown: A Short Interview With John Fugelsang About (Fake) Debating

Danny Groner | Posted 03.20.2014 | Comedy
Danny Groner

"I'm arguing that society is getting dumber, and in my act I discuss politicians who keep getting elected by people who vote against their own self-interest. I'll get back to you when I find a connection."

Chicago vs. Downstate: The Battle Rages On

Reboot Illinois | Posted 03.06.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

There's always been something of a rivalry between downstate Illinois and Chicago. It gets serious when politicians are talking about things like distributing tax dollars for school funding and public construction projects.

The Biggest Loser in the Doniger Controversy? Indian Traditions of Debate

Laurie L. Patton | Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion
Laurie L. Patton

In addition to the rich meaning of the vocabulary for debate, dialogue and argumentation, there are many dramatic scenes of debate, and even insult, within Indic traditions from their very inception. What if we reminded ourselves that Hindu texts were filled with questions as well as answers?

We Don't Need Debates; We Need Conversations

Matt Bieber | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Matt Bieber

Josh Weinstein thinks about rhetoric and argumentation with more nuance and subtlety than anyone I know. At the moment, he's developing Argmaps, a web-based platform for structured inquiry into really hard questions.

Bill Nye and Ken Ham Should Not Debate Tonight

Sean McElwee | Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion
Sean McElwee

Bill Nye and Ken Ham will be debating creationism on Feb. 4, and it's a bad idea for both scientists and Christians.

It's a Fact.

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 03.30.2014 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

If you are an environmentalist who watched the speech, you undoubtedly found things you liked and disliked, but we can all embrace the president's direct aim at climate deniers.

Three Things I Want to See Come Out of the Bill Nye-Ken Ham Debate

Joseph Hill | Posted 03.09.2014 | Religion
Joseph Hill

Tuesday, when I opened my laptop I began to see the same link pop up on my Facebook feed repeatedly. It was for the Bill Nye/Ken Ham debate coming up ...

Creationism Versus Evolutionism: When Will This Debate Ever End?

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

The story of Genesis, is the story of the creation of humanity and community and a new humanity and community, respectively. When you get this, my friend, every Adam and Eve you meet, which is to say, every person you meet, will be a member of your extended human family... your human community.

Think South Africa Is Too Conservative to Talk?

Vashthi Nepaul | Posted 02.01.2014 | Education
Vashthi Nepaul

Despite the persistent portrayals of Africa as under-developed, uneducated and uninformed, debating has strong support in many African countries. In South Africa, debating has a huge groundswell of support in our private and state schools.

Common Core Is Common Sense, Not a Government Takeover

JoshAnderson | Posted 01.27.2014 | Education

Those who like Common Core aren't interested in the big government debate and would rather focus on why it's good for kids. Those who oppose Common Core seem to say very little about whether it's good for kids and would rather focus on the big government debate.

Your Safety Zone or Mine? A Collaboration Story

Stephanie Michele | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Michele

When we receive communication from other people that does not support our safety zone, most of us will either fight or flight. The challenge is every person's safety zone has been developed by unique experiences, beliefs, values and knowledge.

The Top 5 Most Politically Charged Obamacare Opinions

Divya Raghavan | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Divya Raghavan

October 1, 2013 was a big day for Obamacare, but raging debates will continue long past enrollment day #1. A new live poll called Obamacare Chattr ai...

Hip-Hop Debate Institute -- Remixing Literacies For The 21st Century Classroom

Jen Johnson | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Jen Johnson

Youth of color are using hip-hop to demand that they see their culture and issues reflected in competitive academic policy debate, in education and in the larger society around them.

Launch a Missile, Save a Refugee

Jim Moore | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Jim Moore

Serious doubts about U.S. action in Syria are surfacing all over editorial pages, social media, across the aisles of both chambers of Congress, throughout the nation, and around the world. If I were a headline writer, I'd have "It's a Mess" printed in the largest possible type.

De Blasio Bashed At Debate For Ties To Slumlords

Posted 09.03.2013 | New York

Front-running candidate for New York City mayor Bill de Blasio was repeatedly questioned at Tuesday's final Democratic primary debate over a report th...

5 Ways to Chase Your Passions in High School

Shoham Geva | Posted 11.03.2013 | College
Shoham Geva

When it comes to applying to college, it's no longer just about the 4.0. Now it's about what you've done outside the classroom. Here's a sampler of some popular organizations that give students the chance to follow their passions in a big way.

Is Authority Permission?

Jim Moore | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Jim Moore

By a limited definition of Article II, the president can act on the spot in an emergency to protect American interests. That authority is still not, in my opinion, a blanket permission to act unilaterally in Syria.

Friday Talking Points -- The Debate Debate

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republican-on-Republican fear-mongering is such a treat to enjoy. In this case, establishment Republicans vs. the Tea Party.

Pardon Edward Snowden

Robert Scheer | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

How do you justify criminally charging a government contractor for revealing an alarming truth that the public has every right to know?

Racism on Trial: Where Do You Stand?

David Bedrick | Posted 09.17.2013 | Black Voices
David Bedrick

egardless of your opinion about George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, we mustn't ignore the underlying conversation -- a heated, potent, and critical discussion about race and racism.

State financial distress means fewer doctors serve the poor

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.01.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The share of doctors willing to accept new Medicaid patients varies widely across the 50 states, according to a recent study from the National Cente...

Who Will Lead the Illinois Republican Party?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.01.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

As rumors of infighting continue to plague the Grand Old Party, the Illinois Republican State Central Committee faces no small task as it meets in Springfield this weekend to select a new leader.

The Politics in Name: Myanmar Versus Burma

Nehginpao Kipgen | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Nehginpao Kipgen

By Nehginpao Kipgen A three-day long of the 22nd World Economic Forum for East Asia concluded on June 7 in Nay Pyi Taw. It was the first time Myanmar...

Europe's Odd Couple Spoiling For a Fight -- Well, At Least a Debate

Mark Pfeifle | Posted 06.12.2013 | College
Mark Pfeifle

This weekend, the French and German embassies will jointly bring many of America's most talented debaters from nearly 30 top schools to George Washington University for a one-of-a-kind debate championship.