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Binghamton Speech & Debate

Proposition: Jack Keating (Wood River High School) vs. Opposition: Kirk Wu (San Marino High School)

Judge: Brian Schrader (University of Michigan-Flint )

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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    Jack Keating

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    Posted at April 11, 2016 10:44:55PM EST by Jack Keating



    Zyga, Lisa. "Professor: We Have a 'moral Obligation' to Seed Universe with Life." Professor: We Have a 'moral Obligation' to Seed Universe with Life. Phys.Org, n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2016.

    "United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs." The Outer Space Treaty. United Nations, n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2016

    Posted at April 12, 2016 04:05:07AM EST by Kirk Wu




    Zyga, Lisa citing Michael Mautner [Research Professor of Chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University]. "Professor: We have a 'moral obligation' to seed universe with life." 9 Feb. 2010.

    Harris, Sam. The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values.”

    Prieto-Davo, Alejandra [Professor of microbiology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico]. "2015 NASA Astrobiology Debates - Interview with Alejandra Prieto Davo by GWDebate." Interview posted 19 Aug. 2015.

    Quammen, David [award-winning science writer, long-time columnist for Outside magazine for fifteen years, with work in National Geographic, Harper's, Rolling Stone, the New York Times Book Review and other periodicals]. 9/29/12. “Could the next big animal-to-human disease wipe us out?,” The Guardian, pg. 29, Lexis.

    Packer, Joe [Professor of Communication at Central Michigan University]. "2015 NASA Astrobiology Debates – Interview with Dr. Joe Packer of Central Michigan University." Interview posted 4 Sept. 2015.

    Smith, Kelly [Professor of religion and philosophy at Clemson University who specializes in, inter alia, the formulation of extraterrestrial microbial life moral frameworks]. "Interview with Dr. Kelly Smith - Pt 1." Interview posted 19 Aug. 2015.

    Marti Hiken, former Associate Director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and former chair of the National Lawyers Guild Military Law Task Force, is the director of Progressive Avenues. Luke Hiken is an attorney who has engaged in the practice of criminal, military, immigration, and appellate law., 7/17/2012, "The Impotence of International Law",

    George, Marie I. [Professor of Philosophy, St. John’s University]. "NASA Debate Interview Series - Marie I. George." Interview posted 3 Feb. 2016.

    Posted at April 13, 2016 09:36:10PM EST by Jack Keating



    "Enforcing International Law." Enforcing International Law. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.

    Posted at April 14, 2016 04:23:54AM EST by Kirk Wu



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    Posted at April 15, 2016 08:15:37PM EST by Jack Keating



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    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at April 17, 2016 03:32:02PM EST by Brian Schrader

    Category Jack Keating Kirk Wu
    Use of evidence: 4.2 4.2
    Delivery skill: 5 5
    Coherence of arguments: 3.9 5
    Responsiveness to opponent: 4.1 5
    Identification of key points: 3.7 4.3
    Comments: The aff case is confusing - need to connect the dots between regs (i-law) and the space capsule thing. I think the instinct to make the T argument is correct - not sure T extra-terrestrial is really the argument you end up making - the extra T spin makes more sense.

    The decision is for the Opposition: Kirk Wu

    Reason for Decision:

    I vote neg on the t/extra T argument - in the very least the sending human microbes to other planets is extra-topical.

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