Being able to have an opinion about important subjects and defend that position is an incredibly important skill in life. Often, we come across such potentially heated debates during the course of a day, but the subjects are mainly to do with practical daily tasks rather than deeper philosophical issues. The solutions to such issues are usually non-obvious where many thinkers have been putting efforts in exploring them and providing insights.
This structured exercise provides an opportunity to practice debating on such topics in a controlled environment where the main focus is on the following:
- Practice presenting a viewpoint clearly, concisely and accurately
- Avoid exaggeration that can be used to derail a position by others
- Not getting emotional when others disagree and instead learning to see it from their point of view
- Have a conversation about a topic and learn something about it by listening to others