How to React Critically to Points Raised in a Debate

Merald A. By Merald A., 2nd May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Good day to all WikiNut people out there! I'm sharing my idea today on how to react critically better to ideas raised on debates or conversations.


I'd like to ask you first, did you ever tried to participate in discussions with other people? How about participation on debates? Or simply just an open forum with your friends? There is one way to participate in discussing, by reacting critically to ideas and concepts on points raised by the other speaker. The first thing you have to consider before making a reaction is to make sense of the ideas being discussed. You should first have a very clear understanding of the ideas said so that you can form well-sounded opinions and make sensible, valid reactions to the discussion.

Tips to Remember

Before you react, remember to consider the following tips:

1. First and foremost, evaluate facts, concepts, and opinions. There are three categories, generally, where all of your ideas can fall, namely:

a. Facts - these are statements that can be proven to be either right or wrong by checking their accuracy against data known to be accurate. When a statement can be proven to be wrong, it is conventionally disregarded as a fact and is considered a falsehood, a lie, or a fallacy.

b. Conventions - these are statements based on a practice, device, mode of performance, or set of values. They can also be facts or norms established by custom. These facts are so widely accepted they are automatically recognized to be valid or true. The term 'conventions' may also refer to the acts, devices, performance, etc. themselves.

c. Opinions - these refer to personal judgment based on an individual's beliefs, values, tastes, sense of obligation, or ethics. Opinions cannot be readily or easily proven to be right or wrong.

2. Secondly, you must form your own opinions about the statements of others by asking yourself the following questions:

- Is the speaker using emotions rather than logic to persuade me?

- Are there occurings of oversimplifying or misinterpreting over the issue?

- Do the information stated were connected or significant to the topic or issue?

- Do the speaker base his ideas from some theories?

Lastly, go make your own decisions, then react based on how your decisions have guided you into forming a critical assessment of the points of others.


Remember to present your opinions politely when reacting to issues. Stand and bear out whatever you’ll say to the others.

Do not just open your mouth and talk whatever you want to say to the other speaker. Think twice but fast. Think wisely.

Thank you for reading!

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author avatar Neil erickson
25th Jun 2013 (#)

copied from English Expressways III. credits should be given to Eugenia R. Gorgon, Virginia Bermudez and Remedios Nery

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