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Could the skills of formal debates lead to better arguments and less polarization?

  • Scott LaMar
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Middle eastern and caucasian ethnicity businessmen seated on armchair in modern office talking solve common issues, banker telling to client regarding bank services make recommendations and consulting

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America is a polarized country on political and cultural issues. There have been times in the past when Americans have been divided but one of the unique characteristics of the time we live in is that there often seems to be little appetite for compromise or even considering what someone is saying when there’s a disagreement.

If you listen to Wednesday’s Smart Talk guest, it may make for less polarization – even if there are disagreements.

Bo Seo is author of the new book Good Arguments: How Debate Teaches Us to Listen and Be Heard. Seo is a two-time world champion debater and former coach of the Australian national debating team and the Harvard College Debating Union.

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