Debate is a wonderful thing, and is the primary way progress is brought about. It is however unfortunate when the debate regresses into childish behavior (invective speech, name-calling, ect.). A true sign of intelligence is when an individual can respect another individual all while passionately disagreeing with him. If you really know what you're talking about (and you dont feel threatened), then you won't attack the individual . . . you will attack his ideas.
Last edited by chomsky; 08-09-03 at 07:41 PM..