Posts tagged with: Bob Overing

Round Robins and RFDs by Bob Overing

It’s somewhat common for round robin-style invitationals to request that judges refrain from disclosing their decisions and reasons for decision (RFDs). I advocate that tournaments should not impose such a rule and that judges should not obey it when they […]

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Plans are Good: September-October 2016 Edition by Bob Overing

In this edition of The Meta, Bob applies the typical pragmatic justifications for plans to the September/October 2016 topic. In a surprising twist, he also makes semantic arguments for plans — what do you think?

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What Does It Mean To Vote on an RVI

In this edition of The Meta, Bob rehearses some common arguments for disclosure in more depth by imagining the same debate in a world with disclosure and a world without it. He then moves on to tackle Martin Sigalow’s recent blog post in opposition to disclosure.

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In Defense of Inclusion by John Scoggin and Bob Overing

John and Bob employ arguments for pragmatics and argumentative inclusion in response to Nebel and Branse.

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Debate for All: How to Overview and 5 Reasons You Should

In every writing class or public speaking class, students learn to provide introductory statements that lay out their thesis and the organization of their main points. This is not just for convention’s sake. It’s important to prepare the audience and let them know where you’re headed so they see that your body of evidence proves a larger argument. So why don’t more debaters give good overviews?

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Debate for All: Running an Efficient Practice

Not everyone has the personnel and the coaching to have the “ideal” practice, but hopefully this framework can be useful even on a small scale of just two LDers in a room with three hours on their hands.

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Expanding the Scope of Intuitions by Bob Overing

Bob discusses how we might use intuitions in LD theory debates.

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Debate for All – RVI

Concept Sometimes you’ll hear a suspicious-sounding word in Scrabble where you’re not quite sure if it’s a real word. You can initiate a “challenge,” which is more or less an accusation that your opponent has cheated by using a word […]

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Ask the Panel: Food Security

Resolved: Just governments ought to ensure food security for their citizens. To help you prepare for the year’s home stretch, our three panelists will help you navigate the March-April topic by answering any question asked. For this edition, panelist answers will be […]

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Topicality and Plans in LD: A Reply to Nebel by Bob Overing

Last week, Nebel argued that topicality is not a voting issue in LD. I offer reasons to reject his view based on fairness and a rejection of his faulty assumptions about LD resolutions and topicality.

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