On this page, you’ll find information about Debate teams and your assigned topics.
Debate Format and Tips (updated Jan 3)
Debates Round 1 (January 18, 2018)
Prompt: Humans will continue to get smarter.
Teams: Team Minksy v Team Chomsky
Prompt: Mind-enhancing drugs should be made available to students.
Teams: Team Skinner v Team Hopper
Prompt: Colonization of a second planet (e.g., Mars) is crucial for human long-term survival.
Teams: Team Lovelace v Team Turing
Debates Round 2 (February 1 2018)
Prompt: It is a good idea to use robots in the military.
Teams: Team Skinner v Team Chomsky
Prompt: The best ideas come from teams rather than individuals
Teams: Team Jung v Team 10 (Bates)
Prompt: Naturally evolved systems are more robust than designed ones.
Teams: Team 9 (Cajal) v Team Newell
Debates Round 3 (February 15 2018)
Prompt: Creativity is better generated by breadth of knowledge than by depth of knowledge
Teams: Lovelace v Jung
Prompt: Success in science is more often derived from taking risks than from cautious planning
Teams: Turing v Cajal
Prompt: Thought experiments provide interesting insights that empirical studies cannot provide
Teams: Minksy v Newell
Debates Round 4 (March 8, 2018)
Prompt: There’s always an element of subjectivity in experiment design.
Teams: Skinner v Lovelace
Prompt: The increasing need to specialize makes it difficult for researchers of different disciplines to influence each other.
Teams: Turing v Bates
Prompt: Perspectives from other disciplines always provide a reality check for any hypothesis.
Teams: Hopper v Minsky
Debates Round 5 (March 22, 2018)
Prompt: Evolution is important in understanding a cognitive system
Teams: Bates v Newell
Prompt: A university degree will soon be obsolete
Teams: Cajal v Chomsky
Prompt: Technological development should be limited to match the pace at which an economy can adapt to these technologies
Teams: Hopper v Jung
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