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I spend a lot of time on the Internet, and much of it is spent arguing with people I disagree with. Here are a few tips if you find yourself in an argument.

Stick to what you know. Don't try to argue quantum mechanics, philosophy, or economics if you've never studied them in depth. It's much better to be honest and unassuming.

Keep it short. No one has the patience to read your thousand word argument. Make your point and quit.

Keep it simple. You may think that presenting three arguments for your position is better than presenting only one. If you do this, the person you arguing with will concentrate on the weakest argunment and ignore the other two. So you are weakening your argument instead of strengthening it.

State the obvious. Don't assume that because a point is obvious to you, it is obvious to everyone.

Check what your opponent has said and if it isn't true, call them on it. Search engines make it easy to double check.

Don't lose your cool. Never reply in anger. Give yourself time to cool down and reply later.

Never forget that your opponent is a person much like yourself. Treat them with kindness and respect.

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Comment by Debby Bruck on April 16, 2009 at 9:37pm
Thanks for these tips on 'debate.' The more politically correct way to say argue.
Comment by Mark O'Sullivan on April 17, 2009 at 12:26pm
Thanks for this - very practical advice
Comment by Fiona Dilston on April 17, 2009 at 12:33pm
thanks indeed ...I tend to think my time is better spent treating a patient for nothing than arguing the toss online
Comment by Jerry Van den Bosch on April 17, 2009 at 3:57pm
I have only 3 things to say in the words of a great man:

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.

Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.

Albert Einstein US (German-born) physicist (1879 - 1955)
Comment by Debby Bruck on April 17, 2009 at 4:26pm
Fiona ~ please explain your comment. Give examples..
Jerry ~ always thanks for you quotes and input. Learn from genius.
Comment by Bernie Simon on April 17, 2009 at 7:59pm
I tend to think my time is better spent treating a patient for nothing than arguing the toss online

I'm not saying you need to argue online. But if you do there are better and worse ways of doing it.
Comment by Debby Bruck on April 18, 2009 at 8:19am
I also began to write a few posts in a 'non-welcoming' location, just to put in my positive two-cents. I now believe this is useless work, because their are no listening ears in those havens of negativity. It would be better to post in areas that are open to a wider audience. I will be giving training in this very soon. Yes. Treat patients for the greatest benefit of all. Those who are healed will be the greatest advocates.

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