Conceding an argument?

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    Is there an unwritten forum rule that conceding an argument is a sign of weakness? How about even acknowledging that your opponent in the debate has made a valid point?

    In the brief time that I've been here at USMB, I've observed that many many forum regulars seem to adhere to such a rule with unwavering servile obedience. I'm not going to single anyone out (that's for the flame zone), but on several occassions I've witnessed a person's entire position get completely dismantled and by all reasoned accounts wholly discredited. Yet they stubbornly and persistently deny that this is the case and continue to defend their failed argument with the ferocity of a caged, rabid badger.

    In my opinion, demonstrating an open-minded willingness to not only accept, but acknowledge, when one's argument has been bested, is more a sign of strength and confidence than it is weakness. But perhaps that's just me.
     
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    utterly dismantled is an OPINION.


    maybe you should brush op on logic before you post another profound thread
     
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    Since I've never lost an argument, I wouldn't know...
     
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    I'll put you down for yes then.
     
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    The real question is would you know if you had?
     
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    I know this is probably weird, but I actually like it when I get proven wrong.
     
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    Me too.

    It means I learned something.


    And just to confess, sometimes I argue a point I disagree with in an effort to stockpile my arsenal for when I debate these things with people in the real world. There are a lot of educated and intelligent people here to draw from. And many of them are quite eager to do my research for me. :cool:
     
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    :eusa_doh:

    I don't even mind that. All the research helps discover alternate viewpoints. The biggest problem most people have is only looking at things that confirm their views...pretty natural and something it's best to fight against.
     
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    considering your thread input would it have really mattered what I said?
     
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    To the extent that what anyone says matters, absolutely.
     

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