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Proposition: Matt Coppola (Liberty High School) vs. Opposition: Chris Clark (Binghamton University)

Judge: Erin Bruni Suzuki (Shorin Global)

Resolution: THBT: An overriding ethical obligation to protect and preserve extraterrestrial microbial life and ecosystems should be incorporated into international law.

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    Matt Coppola
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    Chris Clark
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    Posted at April 12, 2016 12:34:05AM EST by Matt Coppola

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    Gronstal, Aaron. "Nai." NASA Astrobiology Institute A View Into the Complexity of Microbial Communities. 08 Apr. 2016. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.

    "How Would The World Change If We Found Extraterrestrial Life? - Astrobiology Magazine." Astrobiology Magazine. 2015. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.

    Glaser, Sarah M. "NASA ASTROBIOLOGY DEBATES." NASA ASTROBIOLOGY DEBATES. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.

    Cockell, Charles. "How the Search for Aliens Can Help Sustain Life on Earth." CNN. Cable News Network, 02 Oct. 2012. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.

    "Bacterial Intelligence - Astrobiology Magazine." Astrobiology Magazine. 12 Oct. 2006. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.

    Morelle, Rebecca. "30,000-year-old Giant Virus 'comes Back to Life' - BBC News." BBC News. 4 Mar. 2014. Web. 12 Apr. 2016.

    Posted at April 12, 2016 05:37:12PM EST by Chris Clark

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    Posted at April 13, 2016 10:22:05PM EST by Matt Coppola

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    Gronstal, Aaron. "Nai." NASA Astrobiology Institute A View Into the Complexity of Microbial Communities. 08 Apr. 2016. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.

    "How Would The World Change If We Found Extraterrestrial Life? - Astrobiology Magazine." Astrobiology Magazine. 2015. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.

    Glaser, Sarah M. "NASA ASTROBIOLOGY DEBATES." NASA ASTROBIOLOGY DEBATES. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.

    Cockell, Charles. "How the Search for Aliens Can Help Sustain Life on Earth." CNN. Cable News Network, 02 Oct. 2012. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.

    "Bacterial Intelligence - Astrobiology Magazine." Astrobiology Magazine. 12 Oct. 2006. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.

    Morelle, Rebecca. "30,000-year-old Giant Virus 'comes Back to Life' - BBC News." BBC News. 4 Mar. 2014. Web. 12 Apr. 2016.

    Posted at April 14, 2016 03:48:49PM EST by Chris Clark

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    Posted at April 15, 2016 11:13:28PM EST by Matt Coppola

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    Gronstal, Aaron. "Nai." NASA Astrobiology Institute A View Into the Complexity of Microbial Communities. 08 Apr. 2016. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.

    "How Would The World Change If We Found Extraterrestrial Life? - Astrobiology Magazine." Astrobiology Magazine. 2015. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.

    Glaser, Sarah M. "NASA ASTROBIOLOGY DEBATES." NASA ASTROBIOLOGY DEBATES. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.

    Cockell, Charles. "How the Search for Aliens Can Help Sustain Life on Earth." CNN. Cable News Network, 02 Oct. 2012. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.

    "Bacterial Intelligence - Astrobiology Magazine." Astrobiology Magazine. 12 Oct. 2006. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.

    Morelle, Rebecca. "30,000-year-old Giant Virus 'comes Back to Life' - BBC News." BBC News. 4 Mar. 2014. Web. 12 Apr. 2016.

    Status

    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at April 16, 2016 09:19:58PM EST by Erin Bruni Suzuki

    Category Matt Coppola Chris Clark
    Use of evidence: 5.3 3
    Delivery skill: 6 5
    Coherence of arguments: 4.6 3
    Responsiveness to opponent: 5 2.5
    Identification of key points: 4.5 2.9
    Comments: You offered well-structured, convincing arguments. Your definition of overriding, not absolute, was very effective.

    1. Potential risks
    Avoiding forward contamination to protect ecosystems seems valid. I'm not convinced that backward contamination is an important issue in this debate. However, your point that reducing contamination is an important issue is strong.

    2. Further advancement
    Albeit well presented in the opening speech, there was not a lot of debate about this issue.

    3. Relocation
    We need to protect and preserve extraterrestrial microbial life to preserve and protect planets for humans to live in the future. This contention has some feasibility issues.

    Your opponent offered a counter plan, creating an International Council. Why is international law a more effective way then an International Council? You explained this point with persuasive logic. Concrete examples of current space law and councils, pointing out potential shortfalls of an International Council, would make this point more convincing. Furthermore, regarding the cost issue your opponent brings up: how is establishing a law more cost effective than establishing an international council? I felt this point needed to be addressed.
    You opponent has defined overriding as not absolute. Rather than saying your opponent has failed to understand, present it as a definition challenge.

    1. How would establishing a legal obligation to protect microbial life stop us from protecting life on earth? Your processes and links were unclear in this argument. I'm not convinced that simply having an international law would mean that we stop protecting life on earth.

    2. You present challenges to the effectiveness of international law. This is a compelling argument. Please develop it further. If you can frame international law as ineffective, support your counter plan with more solid evidence, and challenged your opponent's key issues, you could win on this point. You bring up cost: How will establishing a law cost more than establishing an International Council?

    Please challenge your opponent's issues more directly with evidence.

    The decision is for the Proposition: Matt Coppola

    Reason for Decision:

    The issues of preventing potential risks for further contamination remained strong until the end of the debate.


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