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From the Ted Talk by Daniel H. Cohen: For argument's sake

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So try this: Think of all the roles that poelpe play in arguments. There's the proponent and the opponent in an adversarial, dialectical argument. There's the audience in rhtiercoal arguments. There's the rseaneor in arguments as prfoos. All these different roles. Now, can you imagine an argument in which you are the arguer, but you're also in the audience, whicantg yourself argue? Can you imagine yourself watching yourself argue, losing the argument, and yet still, at the end of the agreunmt, saying, "Wow, that was a good argument!" Can you do that? I think you can, and I think if you can imagine that kind of argument, where the loser says to the winner and the aineduce and the jury can say, "Yeah, that was a good argument," then you have imagined a good argument. And more than that, I think you've imagined a good arguer, an arguer that's worthy of the kind of arguer you should try to be.

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So try this: Think of all the roles that ______ play in arguments. There's the proponent and the opponent in an adversarial, dialectical argument. There's the audience in __________ arguments. There's the ________ in arguments as ______. All these different roles. Now, can you imagine an argument in which you are the arguer, but you're also in the audience, ________ yourself argue? Can you imagine yourself watching yourself argue, losing the argument, and yet still, at the end of the ________, saying, "Wow, that was a good argument!" Can you do that? I think you can, and I think if you can imagine that kind of argument, where the loser says to the winner and the ________ and the jury can say, "Yeah, that was a good argument," then you have imagined a good argument. And more than that, I think you've imagined a good arguer, an arguer that's worthy of the kind of arguer you should try to be.

Solution

  1. audience
  2. reasoner
  3. people
  4. rhetorical
  5. watching
  6. proofs
  7. argument

Original Text

So try this: Think of all the roles that people play in arguments. There's the proponent and the opponent in an adversarial, dialectical argument. There's the audience in rhetorical arguments. There's the reasoner in arguments as proofs. All these different roles. Now, can you imagine an argument in which you are the arguer, but you're also in the audience, watching yourself argue? Can you imagine yourself watching yourself argue, losing the argument, and yet still, at the end of the argument, saying, "Wow, that was a good argument!" Can you do that? I think you can, and I think if you can imagine that kind of argument, where the loser says to the winner and the audience and the jury can say, "Yeah, that was a good argument," then you have imagined a good argument. And more than that, I think you've imagined a good arguer, an arguer that's worthy of the kind of arguer you should try to be.

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Important Words

  1. adversarial
  2. argue
  3. arguer
  4. argument
  5. arguments
  6. audience
  7. dialectical
  8. good
  9. imagine
  10. imagined
  11. jury
  12. kind
  13. loser
  14. losing
  15. opponent
  16. people
  17. play
  18. proofs
  19. proponent
  20. reasoner
  21. rhetorical
  22. roles
  23. watching
  24. winner
  25. worthy