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Is a purely logical debate possible?

Is it possible to have a debate with absolutely no emotion and using only logic? I cant imagine it being possible because even if you craft a perfectly logical argument and remove your own emotion your listeners will still receive and analyze it in light of their own emotions. As a subquestion what emotions do you think predominate debate? I would say anger and fear. Would it be possible to change that? I'm thinking of this especially in light of persuasive debate, when you want someone to do something for you.


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  • Sep 10 2013: I suppose an appropriate answer will depend on assumption, semantics, definitions and perceptions of the question. but assuming only one side can be correct then it would be impossible for both sides to be purely logical, only the correct side can possess 100% pure logic. The other side cannot be purely logical by the definition of being "wrong". Purely emotionless communication is also impossible because humans are never totally devoid of some level of emotion while they are conscious. Emotion is a perpetual continuum, not a binary state. So in answer to your question, No.
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      Sep 10 2013: I feel a purely logical answer can be wrong. I feel this way because logic is only as good or accurate as the information it has to go on at the time of decision and our knowledge base on any given matter is constantly being upgraded over time as new information becomes available be it on a personal or humanity level.

      Pure logic then would not be the answer, but rather the means by which it is arrived at.

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