"There is no greater mistake than the hasty conclusion that opinions are worthless because they are badly argued." Thomas H. Huxley
Great quote and a great post Jeff.
My 12th grade Civics teacher taught me the lesson that a great debater can argue night is day and win. Us 12th graders were putty in his hands. I enjoy reading an online debate where both participants are savvy & civil enough to at least try to avoid the common logical fallacies and rhetoric tricks. Here's one I particularly enjoyed between Sam Harris and Andrew Sullivan on God, Faith & Fundamentalism.
What was most refreshing to me was the lack of vitriol and there was no resorting to cheap shots when one debater could see he was losing ground.
If anyone knows of a similar debate where both sides stay on the intellectually high ground without resorting to mud slinging, I'd love to have a link.
Thanks again Jeff.