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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 14 2013: Well, it is indeed an uphill task even for me. I usually evade the debate session as I also get too emotional when the other side tends to undermine my intelligence and use a harsh words that punch a big hole to my confidence. I must concur with you that anger and fear stands as the variables to produce a bad debate :). But then, humiliation and uncivilised debates lead to a disturbing emotion stability as what had happened to me.

    It is indeed possible to have a clean and productive debates if we are able to channel our intellectual thoughts freely without the interference of emotions. But that's the tricky part. In a good debates one must prepare to embrace the truth / logical arguments and the other side to acknowledge that the debates is not intended to indicate who's the smartest one.

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