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PLEASE NOTE: THIS GROUP IS INTENDED TO BE BOTH INFORMATIVE AND FUN:  IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO EXPRESS YOUR OPINIONS WITHOUT ...

PLEASE NOTE: THIS GROUP IS INTENDED TO BE BOTH INFORMATIVE AND FUN:  IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO EXPRESS YOUR OPINIONS WITHOUT RESORTING TO INSULTS AND STRONG LANGUAGE THEN THIS GROUP IS NOT FOR YOU:  PLEASE DO NOT JOIN


 


How it works:


We initially invite members to suggest topics that are often controversial in nature.  Due to limited topics, these are not restricted to Benidorm, although we especially invite ideas that are Benidorm related on a regular basis.  Subjects such as conspiracy theories can be great topics.  We would prefer to stay away from subjects which other members hold close to their hearts or may feel uncomfortable discussing such as religion and similar topics. The topics discussed may also be purely for fun.  (For example: If laughter is the best medicine.  Is a comedian of more value to the world than a chemist) 


Having agreed on a subject we put the subject to an initial vote to the Group to see if there is sufficient diversity of opinion before opening the topic for debate.


Debates then take place in one of three formats.


Format 1 The open forum.  


This is when the votes suggest there is roughly an even split in opinions.  In this case everyone is invited to join the discussion.  We ask that all members join the discussion with an open mind.  It is fun to try to convince others that your opinion is right.  It is also fun to be prepared to concede to someone else's opinion when they argue a point you never thought of before.  At the end of an pre agreed time span we have a closing vote and see if one side was able to sway the other.  


Format 2 Head to Head 


This form of debate takes place when the initial vote suggests there are only a small number of people with a strong opinion on the subject (we need a minimum of two opposing views).  Most other members are undecided.  In this case the members concerned partake in head to head discussions. (A bit like the presidential debates in America).   Other members simply observe and wait to be convinced.  Their role is primarily restricted to asking questions of the members in contest.  The observers are in effect the Jury that will decide who is right and who is wrong.  A closing poll will decide who won the debate.  


Format 3 The Devils Advocate


This form of debate takes place when there is an opinion held held by a very small minority.  Perhaps on occasions only one person.  That person or persons is then challenged to play the Devils Advocate.  The idea is to hold your own against an entire group opposed to your opinion.  Note it can be great fun to attempt to play the Devils advocate even on a subject you do not actually believe in.  


Everyone welcome, but remember, we will not tolerate inappropriate behaviour.  You will be removed.  


 

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    The Devils Advocate (Benidorm's Debating Society)

    PLEASE NOTE: THIS GROUP IS INTENDED TO BE BOTH INFORMATIVE AND FUN:  IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO EXPRESS YOUR OPINIONS WITHOUT RESORTING TO INSULTS AND STRONG LANGUAGE THEN THIS GROUP IS NOT FOR YOU:  PLEASE DO NOT JOIN


     


    How it works:


    We initially invite members to suggest topics that are often...

    PLEASE NOTE: THIS GROUP IS INTENDED TO BE BOTH INFORMATIVE AND FUN:  IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO EXPRESS YOUR OPINIONS WITHOUT RESORTING TO INSULTS AND STRONG LANGUAGE THEN THIS GROUP IS NOT FOR YOU:  PLEASE DO NOT JOIN


     


    How it works:


    We initially invite members to suggest topics that are often controversial in nature.  Due to limited topics, these are not restricted to Benidorm, although we especially invite ideas that are Benidorm related on a regular basis.  Subjects such as conspiracy theories can be great topics.  We would prefer to stay away from subjects which other members hold close to their hearts or may feel uncomfortable discussing such as religion and similar topics. The topics discussed may also be purely for fun.  (For example: If laughter is the best medicine.  Is a comedian of more value to the world than a chemist) 


    Having agreed on a subject we put the subject to an initial vote to the Group to see if there is sufficient diversity of opinion before opening the topic for debate.


    Debates then take place in one of three formats.


    Format 1 The open forum.  


    This is when the votes suggest there is roughly an even split in opinions.  In this case everyone is invited to join the discussion.  We ask that all members join the discussion with an open mind.  It is fun to try to convince others that your opinion is right.  It is also fun to be prepared to concede to someone else's opinion when they argue a point you never thought of before.  At the end of an pre agreed time span we have a closing vote and see if one side was able to sway the other.  


    Format 2 Head to Head 


    This form of debate takes place when the initial vote suggests there are only a small number of people with a strong opinion on the subject (we need a minimum of two opposing views).  Most other members are undecided.  In this case the members concerned partake in head to head discussions. (A bit like the presidential debates in America).   Other members simply observe and wait to be convinced.  Their role is primarily restricted to asking questions of the members in contest.  The observers are in effect the Jury that will decide who is right and who is wrong.  A closing poll will decide who won the debate.  


    Format 3 The Devils Advocate


    This form of debate takes place when there is an opinion held held by a very small minority.  Perhaps on occasions only one person.  That person or persons is then challenged to play the Devils Advocate.  The idea is to hold your own against an entire group opposed to your opinion.  Note it can be great fun to attempt to play the Devils advocate even on a subject you do not actually believe in.  


    Everyone welcome, but remember, we will not tolerate inappropriate behaviour.  You will be removed.  


     

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    Covid vaccinations Lets discuss - Are you for or against them, do you feel pressurised into having it, just to try and get the world back to some sort of normality?
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    Welcome to the Devils Advocate. Benidorm's Debating Society. The first thing we need to do is suggest topics for discussion in the comments. Controversial? Fun? Debatable? (excuse the pun) Ill start with a few suggestions. As other members add their suggestions please respond with a like on the ones you feel worth exploring. But most of all Have fun.
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    • As Members Suggest topics. Please like the ones you feel would be good for debate as opposed to the ones you agree with.
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