Stay tuned for Opposite Day

by on March 9, 2006 at 7:48 am in Web/Tech | Permalink

JewishAtheist suggests Opposite Day:

I was thinking it might be fun to have an opposite day, where the atheists do their best to argue that theism is correct and the theists do their best to argue that atheism is correct. Perhaps some Jews can argue that Christianity is correct and vice versa. The point is to get you to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and see what the logic looks like from that side.

It’ll only work if you really try, though. You must resist mocking or parodying the position you’re supposed to be fighting for.

I’ll open up the comments, and let you suggest a topic where I should blog the opposite of my point of view.  Three mentions wins it (the standard rule these days), and of course it has to be a topic where I might plausibly have a point of view.  Nor can you force me into a repugnant or embarrassing position ("we should kill all members of group X,"), and so on.

I don’t want to have the wrong impression carved into Google forever, devoid of this context, so "my good friend Tyrone" will actually write the post.  My father wanted to name me that, but my mom had the good sense to resist and so Tyler it was. 

1 Brock March 9, 2006 at 7:50 am

Minimum wage laws.

2 Michael Yuri March 9, 2006 at 8:11 am

Cultural protectionism.

3 Andrew March 9, 2006 at 8:16 am

Universal health care.

4 OneEyedMan March 9, 2006 at 8:30 am

Minimum wage laws.

5 Tice March 9, 2006 at 8:40 am

McDonalds for Dining

6 Michiel de Mare March 9, 2006 at 9:07 am

Why Socialism Works

7 Samson March 9, 2006 at 9:22 am


8 eddie March 9, 2006 at 9:34 am

The merits of naming one’s children “Tyler”.

9 joshg March 9, 2006 at 10:04 am

The limits of growth.

10 Bruce Cleaver March 9, 2006 at 10:46 am

The ‘Real’ unemployment rate is significantly higher than the stated one.

11 Bryan Caplan March 9, 2006 at 11:40 am

Human beings have free will.

12 bob montgomery March 9, 2006 at 12:25 pm

Cities building new stadiums for sports teams and giving them sweetheart leases is, actually, a really good deal for the city and its citizens.

13 robbbbbb March 9, 2006 at 12:55 pm

The sweetheart lease/sports team thing would be edifying, as would the franchise restaurant/McDonald’s question.

I liked the idea so much I stole it for my own blog.

14 John B. Chilton March 9, 2006 at 1:33 pm

Curling is so hot it melts ice.

15 rcriii March 9, 2006 at 2:26 pm

I know I’m late, but I like McDonalds for Dining…

16 Emma Eckstein March 9, 2006 at 2:44 pm

Free will

17 Tyler Cowen March 9, 2006 at 4:06 pm

I did once blog on what is valuable in Marxism, try googling it.

18 Paul March 9, 2006 at 4:33 pm

Cities building new stadiums for sports teams and giving them sweetheart leases is, actually, a really good deal for the city and its citizens.

19 Kyle N March 9, 2006 at 7:14 pm

I don’t know, as a person seeking a second undergraduate degree, Most all of my classes are Opposite Day. I have to often make arguments of positions which I do not hold.

20 Harald Korneliussen March 10, 2006 at 6:10 am

They are being way too easy on you. If you really want to practice sophistry, you might try to argue that Muhammad was an anarcho-capitalist.

21 Poster March 11, 2006 at 11:01 pm

All who do not accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior will be condemned to hell for eternity.

22 Anonymous October 14, 2008 at 12:49 am

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