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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 29 2013: We can make logical statements. A debate implies conflicting ideas. It is important to make or interpret logical statements without emotion. People form logical statements with conviction. When a contrary set of logical statements is presented we naturally fight our convictions. To accept new logic is to throw away an old set. It would be unnatural to do this without emotion. The real question is - why is it important to remove emotion?

    The foundation of an idea should be boundless. Otherwise we aren't being creative.
    • Oct 3 2013: Very true - it would be hard to present a set of ideas without emotion - but to exchange ideas and logic - in order to help that idea move forward - can be considered a logical debate. I would venture to say that a "think tank" starts as presenting facts n a debatable form.

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