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Mike and Nick debate whether Bitcoin will last or whether it is a fad. 1: Defining your terms and its sub-terms and factors is critical to understanding between conversation partners. 2: Responding clearly to each of your partner’s points is a great way to keep ideas organized. 3: Every once in a while, summarize what you think your conversation pa…
 
This special, bonus episode was recorded live, the evening of the 2020 presidential election in the U.S. It's more of a conversation, than a cross-exam. Much was left unsaid. Comments: call or text 307-240-9190 to let Chris know your thoughts! questions@crossexaminedlife.com crossexaminedlife.com facebook.com/groups/crossexaminedlife Tweet us: @CEL…
 
Andrew defends: Twitter should not ban political ads. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. Use phrases like “I can’t prove this” and “I may be wrong” before asserting your facts or conclusions. 2. Acknowledge that you don’t always have a perfect, airtight argument. Get in touch! call or text (+1) 307-240-9190 questions@crossexaminedlife.com crossexaminedlife…
 
Frank defends: Donald Trump deserves a 2nd term. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. No matter what you oppose, go look for material that contradicts your own biases: you may be surprised what you find. 2. Instead of dismissing a suspicious fact out of hand as untrue, research it and find out the real truth or falsity of the statement. 3. Words matter. Alth…
 
Pat defends: A Bachelors' Degree is a Waste of Money. No Practical Takeaway Tips this week. Pat crushed it! Get in touch! call or text (+1) 307-240-9190 questions@crossexaminedlife.com crossexaminedlife.com facebook.com/groups/crossexaminedlife Tweet us: @CELpodcast Insta: @crossexaminedlife Keep the debate going in the Cross Examined Life Communit…
 
Chris defends: Stocking up on supplies prior to and during a crisis should be illegal. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. If your conversation partner only offers criticisms with no proposed solution, insist that they at least sketch out, in broad strokes, a potential solution to the problem identified. 2. Acknowledge that your conversation partner may hav…
 
Ed defends: Fake News is a significant problem in 2020. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. If your question is not answered the first or second time, find new ways to ask it, until it's answered. 2. If there's an assumption baked into your question, generously respond when your partner points that out. Get in touch! 1-307-240-9190 questions@crossexaminedli…
 
Ashley defends: Kids under 16 should not have privacy online. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. When you mention something specific in conversation, take a moment to verify that your conversation partner is as familiar with that thing as you are. If they are not, generously explain it, rather than rushing past it and assuming they know it. 2. When you ans…
 
Marden defends: Anti-Vaxxers Are Making the World More Dangerous. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. Even when someone is unwilling to take our suggestion, respect their right to disagree with you, educate them on what you believe to be the consequences of their choice, and generously invite them to return in the future, if they would ever need your servic…
 
Stacey defends: Insurance companies should not be regulated. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. Look at the underlying, intended motivation for something you oppose, and describe why the underlying motivation doesn’t have the intended effect. 2. Don’t be afraid to take what you are bringing to the conversation and use that to reframe a question asked by yo…
 
Joel defends: Men must lead households in Christian families. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge when the reality of what you're arguing for has gone poorly in practice. 2. Consider your argument from the shoes of the person on the opposite side of the issue as you, and try to imagine how they might feel when they hear your p…
 
David defends: The U.S. electoral college should be eliminated. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. Don’t reveal where you come down on a political or religious issue, if your position on that issue is not essential to, and can create a distraction from, the larger point at issue. 2. Mirroring back your conversation partner’s words not only shows that you’r…
 
Heather defends: Capitalism is harmful to society. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. Use phrases that your conversation partner uses, instead of your own, to focus on the underlying idea, rather than get hung up on the vocabulary. 2. If you don’t know the facts, preface your answer by being honest that you’re speculating or extrapolating, then go back and…
 
Stephanie and Antony debate this question. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. Pause at times to take stock of where both sides are in the disagreement, note common ground, and then identify areas of sharper disagreement to address. 2. Asking tough questions is one of the strongest tools available to advance the conversation and to alert your conversation p…
 
Ryan defends: The Govt Should Screen our Kids' Mental Health Each Year. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. Repeat the other person’s explanation in your own words. This not ensures that you’re beginning from common definitions, but it’s respectfully, because it shows the other person you are hearing and understand them. 2. After providing your more detaile…
 
Colleen defends: Christians should be willing to vote for pro-choice candidates. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. Just because something is described as "semantics", don't write it off as not worth discussing. 2. Be brave and be willing to say that something is not black and white - then describe how it's nuanced. Get in touch! 1-307-240-9190 questions@c…
 
The 4,000 individuals walking to the US through Mexico have the right to apply for Asylum and have their claims fairly considered – on the basis of due process. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. In presenting your position, give the audience a broad outline of your various points. Then, go back and fill in the details underlying each point. Finally, remin…
 
Rob defends: Many human rights do not exist. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. Clarify definitions of uncommon words or foundational terms at the beginning of your argument. 2. Don’t take laws or Supreme Court decisions for granted. 3. Try to employ hypothetical questions, even if they present absurd scenarios, to test the foundational beliefs of the pers…
 
Gail & Jeremy debate whether 3D printed guns should be available online to anyone. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. Don’t be afraid to verify that you heard the other side correctly. 2. Use series of questions with increasing specificity to drill down on a point you want to highlight. 3. If you disagree with a suggestion, don’t be afraid to voice that di…
 
Michael defends: Players should be permitted to kneel during the national anthem. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. Provide facts that might support your opposition – since good arguments is not about a great quantity of facts, but using the consequences of those facts more persuasively. 2. Don’t be afraid to bring up uncomfortable moments in your life, a…
 
Rob defends: Transgenderism Perpetuates Gender Stereotypes and Ignores Scientific Definitions. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. If you're asked a confusing question, ask that it be rephrased! 2. Acknowledge when your conversation partner is able to neatly restate or summarize a point you struggled to make earlier on. Get in touch! call or text (+1) 307-2…
 
Jessica Defends: Interactive Services and Companies that help to facilitate online sex trafficking should not be protected by the 1 Amendment right to freedom of speech. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS --> Don't be too quick to run to the flagpole of "freedom of speech" when you are frustrated in an argument. Consider whether there are competing concerns f…
 
Dylan defends: Provocative language is helpful in conversation. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. When your conversation partner says something you disagree with or find insulting, try to table that issue for later if it’s not the main point you’re discussing right now. 2. Even when your conversation partner challenges the very foundation of your purpose,…
 
Bob defends: Limiting America's access to firearms will not make America safer. Get in touch! call or text (+1) 307-240-9190 questions@crossexaminedlife.com crossexaminedlife.com facebook.com/groups/crossexaminedlife Tweet us: @CELpodcast Insta: @crossexaminedlife Keep the debate going in the Cross Examined Life Community on FB (request to JOIN)…
 
Kwesi defends: In the wake of natural disasters (including hurricanes), companies should not inflate their prices on essentials, like water, gas and food. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. If you find yourself emotionally invested in a disagreement, take a step back and try to identify your own contradictions.…
 
Dave defends: Confederate Monuments Should Remain Standing. No Practical Takeaway Tips this week. Instead, let us know what you think by getting in touch via one of the methods below! call or text (+1) 307-240-9190 questions@crossexaminedlife.com crossexaminedlife.com facebook.com/groups/crossexaminedlife Tweet us: @CELpodcast Insta: @crossexamined…
 
Emily defends: Charter schools should not exist. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. Don’t hold fast to your position, when your experience tells you the answer is more complicated. 2. Don’t insist on an immediate implementation for a policy that would harm the people the policy is designed to protect. 3. Be willing to concede facts you may disagree with, b…
 
Brandon defends: Sometimes, the death penalty is the only appropriate punishment. *No Practical Takeaway Tips this week* Get in touch! call or text (+1) 307-240-9190 questions@crossexaminedlife.com crossexaminedlife.com facebook.com/groups/crossexaminedlife Tweet us: @CELpodcast Insta: @crossexaminedlife Keep the debate going in the Cross Examined …
 
Moira defends: Gentrification is bad for diversity. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. If the example or analogy you're using is not resonating with your opponent; find a new one or a new strategy. Get in touch! call or text (+1) 307-240-9190 questions@crossexaminedlife.com crossexaminedlife.com facebook.com/groups/crossexaminedlife Tweet us: @CELpodcast I…
 
Eric defends: Corporal punishment should end in American public schools. Get in touch! call or text (+1) 307-240-9190 questions@crossexaminedlife.com crossexaminedlife.com facebook.com/groups/crossexaminedlife Tweet us: @CELpodcast Insta: @crossexaminedlife Keep the debate going in the Cross Examined Life Community on FB (request to JOIN)…
 
Link defends: Intellectual Property rights are a contradiction in terms and should not exist. Get in touch! call or text (+1) 307-240-9190 questions@crossexaminedlife.com crossexaminedlife.com facebook.com/groups/crossexaminedlife Tweet us: @CELpodcast Insta: @crossexaminedlife Keep the debate going in the Cross Examined Life Community on FB (reque…
 
Sara defends: Death is not a problem that needs fixing. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. Respond to your opponent honestly, even when your response surprises you. 2. Respectfully acknowledge the principles and values held by your opposition, while indicating why you prioritize them differently. 3. Own your position, even when confronted with extreme exam…
 
Marc defends: Physician-assisted suicide should not be legal. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. Define terms both within and implied by your argument. 2. Don’t suggest things are wildly different from one another when they are in fact, more closely related. 3. Answer the question asked, without trying to give a new speech. 4. Before attacking it, summariz…
 
Mary Kate defends: In 9 out of 10 cases, a mother and her baby would be safer giving birth in a home vs hospital setting. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. Be bold and direct when your position second-guesses or questions the wisdom of experts or professionals. 2. If you’ve lost track of someone’s question you’re trying to answer, just ask them to restate…
 
Rich defends: A four-year bachelor degree is a right and should be paid for by the government. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. If you are arguing that something is a right, try to be precise about where that right comes from. 2. Mirror the language your opponent uses back at them. 3. Identify and mention larger problems that need to be solved on the way…
 
Mark defends: Driverless cars should not be widely implemented. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. When there’s no way for either speaker can be factually right or wrong, just let go of the point and shift gears to a new point. 2. Try to identify before your disagreement or early on during the conversation what some of the biggest fundamental questions and…
 
Teresa defends: The likelihood of misusing the words terrorist/terrorism is so great that these words should not be used. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. When you’re at a loss for words, try to return to the arguments laid out by your opponent and choose the next one to address. 2. Don’t let someone avoid giving their real opinion by crediting someone e…
 
Christine defends: We should prioritize the advancement of space travel, with the goal of becoming an interplanetary species. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. Explain your choice of words used to state your position, early on. 2. Figure out if the future you are arguing for is inevitable – if it is, help your opponent see that inevitability and then dare…
 
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