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Proposition: Zainab Gilani (Binghamton University) vs. Opposition: Sakasai Sora (Shorin Global)

Judge: Dan Weiser (Unaffiliated)

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

  • Zainab Gilani
    Zainab Gilani
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    Sakasai Sora
    Sakasai Sora
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    Posted at April 12, 2016 01:30:09AM EST by Zainab Gilani

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    Posted at April 12, 2016 08:54:58AM EST by Sakasai Sora

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    Posted at April 14, 2016 03:40:42AM EST by Zainab Gilani

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    United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs,
    "Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies", April 14, 2016, http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/ourwork/spacelaw/treaties/introouterspacetreaty.html

    Posted at April 14, 2016 05:58:10AM EST by Sakasai Sora

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    Posted at April 16, 2016 05:12:35AM EST by Zainab Gilani

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    Submitted at April 16, 2016 04:23:12PM EST by Dan Weiser

    Category Zainab Gilani Sakasai Sora
    Use of evidence: 4.5 3
    Delivery skill: 4.5 4.5
    Coherence of arguments: 4.5 4.5
    Responsiveness to opponent: 5.5 5.5
    Identification of key points: 5 4
    Comments: Great analysis. Especially in your last speech. You hit on pretty much everything I needed in order to give you the decision. The only think left fore is the actual "ethical" obligation. I personally agree we should not exploit an alien ecosystem. Others may disagree of it means living 1000 years. So why do we have an ethical/moral obligation specifically to protect something that would benefit us so greatly? What is the inherent value in keeping that system untouched? Best of luck!! Great debate! I really enjoyed how clear your rebuttal analysis was in terms of framing the main issues of the debate. You provided a very clear and consistent perspective. Great job!

    The decision is for the Proposition: Zainab Gilani

    Reason for Decision:

    Ultimately I agree completely with the last speech. I read over the current treaty and feel it is inadequate and very human centered. I think the current treaty would absolutely allow us to exploit alien ecosystems if it benefits "mankind." I appreciate the analysis of how western civilizations often exploit African countries, stating they too will benefit, when in reality we are exploiting them for personal gain. I think if we found microbes that make us last 1000 years we would turn their ecosystem into a factors, and that is morally wrong and we should preserve and pretect foreign exosystems before it gets to that.


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