"If you're like many people, you might associate debate with either a college club or a TV political "debate" that features two or more candidates talking over each other. But if these are your only associations with debating, you're missing out on an exhilarating intellectual pursuit that can help you in all aspects of your daily life. The ability to debate-to present persuasive arguments, pierce the logic of others, and turn the tables against withering cross-examinations-is one of the truest tests of one's intellectual capacity. The Art of Debate offers you the ultimate how-to guide for anyone interested in learning this powerful skill. Taught by Professor Jarrod Atchison of Wake Forest University, these 24 stimulating lectures will help you develop your command of logic, construct clear and concise arguments, recognize the fallacies in others' reasoning, and sharpen your strategic thinking skills. While Professor Atchison provides you with an abundance of insight into the formal elements of debate, this focus of this course is on applied debating-developing skills that you can apply to the real world to help you think through complex issues and arrive at better decisions. Whether you are trying to make a tough business decision or lead a lively discussion at the dinner table, this course will provide insight not only into how to win arguments, but how to present ideas more generally. The Art of Debate offers a dynamic introduction to one of life's most fascinating skills. "
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