How to Win a Debate


The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. – Bertrand Russell

Recently came across this very interesting talk given by a world champion in debating – it has many important insights. Her speech is quite relevant in the highly polarised world that we live in today, where we’re being manipulated by vested interests.

Ironically, she claims that the mantra to be successful in debating is to “find common ground and shared reality”!! She states that it’s important to focus on ideas and not on identities, and not to get personal during arguments – if one wants to win. In addition, she emphasizes “intellectual humility” – the ability to be open-minded and open to persuasion.

It’s important to think about what she’s saying considering the kind of acrimonious and pointless TV debates and social media fights that we witness nowadays. They’re more like bullfights or boxing matches and serve no purpose whatsoever…….we’re all getting nowhere unless we overcome the hostility and find some “shared reality” 🙂  🙂

  1 comment for “How to Win a Debate

  1. 30 Dec 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Nice post and insights Aparna

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