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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 15 2013: I'm wondering why would anyone want a purely logical debate in the first place?

    Presumably the purpose of a debate is the find the best answer and course of action to a particular question or problem. In which case trying to achieve that with only logic (from the intellect, the rational part of the brain) is severely limiting the process. You are firing on only one cylinder.

    In any debate, I would want to call on my IMAGINATION to picture possibilities, listen deep to my INTUITION (a short-cut to answers through accumulated experience), cry for help from my INSPIRATION for a creative solution, improve communication by watching the BODY(-language), maintain presence via my INSTINCT (= emotions), ask what rings true in relation to my SOUL, as well as check the logic of argument via my INTELLECT ... and then eventually present all the evidence to my WILL to make the final choice/decision.

    Dividing the mind into rational and "non-rational" (includes emotions) is a bit like dividing the body into 'torso' and 'non-torso'; or 'brain' and 'non-brain'. Would you like to be operated on by a surgeon with that crude an understanding of the body?
    In the last 400 years the Intellect has been called upon to make decisions all on its own, without help from all the other functions of the mind; no wonder it's over-loaded and makes bad decisions - poor thing. And it hardly helps to kick the emotions down as a nuisance, when they are such wonderful instant message-bringers as well.

    It's way overdue we had a better model of understanding of the mind, and consciousness.

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