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Protocols of Debate

  • Author: Umar AlFarooq

We believe in transparency and accountability.

There are just so many websites and theories of health out there. Many people can easily get confused. We, therefore propose a debate platform to get to the bottom of it. Anyone who wishes to debate us, please contact us.

Here are the protocols to follow. 

1.     We can enter into one of three modes.

·         Teaching

·         Learning

·         Arbitration

2.    One topic must be defined or a question must be stated clearly

3.    Exactly two sides of the stated proposition must be taken by the “student” and “teacher” role

4.    If a “teacher” makes a statement, he/she must defend it. There is no need to ask why the questioner is asking, what is the questioner’s belief, how others are wrong or any off-topic replies. These violations must be called by the arbitrator and explicitly cited.

5.     If a student asks a question, he/she must allow the teacher to articulate their point. They may defer to the arbitrator to rule on whether or not the question has been address appropriately.

6.    The answer to the question the student has asked must directly relate to the question, not go into preaching mode or spout unrelated statements.

7.     An arbitrator must adhere to the protocols of debate. That is their primary function and not to take sides or give their own opinion on matters. They can clarify questions and set the expectations for the debate. The arbitrator is also the consistency checker.

8.    Each person must stay within the topic until it is answered or agreed to be deferred.

9.    If the teacher contradicts or changes an earlier statement even with a clarification, the student reserves the right to iterate through the points previously discussed. If not, the same point must not be beleaguered.

10.        Each statement can branch off into other sub-debates and a tracking mechanism will be in place to identify fallacies, unethical tactics or circular arguments.