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Great introduction to formal debate. I have no experience with debate other than what I've seen on TV and this book definitely gives a nice overview of how formal debate works and some of the logic and startgeies that are used.
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Become a skilled debater is as difficult as becoming an elite athlete. Both require motivation, deliberate practice and good coaching, a great deal of time, and a broad repertoire of techniques. But finding a good howto on debate is difficult because most debate courses are written for academics and philosophers debating metaphysics, or for lawyers and politicians debating in highly structured environments. In contrast, this course is perfect for we rank and file managers and parents seeking to become more effective in everyday business and life. This course equipped me with both a pragmatic big picture framework and a robust set of techniques that have proved as valuable at work as around the dinner table.
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The lectures were interesting and could be of some use, but the entire time listening I felt like I couldn't really take this guy seriously. He seems to think that debate is the best thing a person can do.
The music between chapters is hilarious and cheesy.
The examples are very "American" (i.e. guns), but I guess they're examples so it doesn't matter too much.
The presenter uses technical debate language without much definition or introduction of it, so you can often be left wondering "what does that word mean again?" as he rattles off a couple of sentences using it.
I thought it'd be simple but this book is a little bit hard to follow for me.