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Proposition: Zoe Liebmann (Binghamton University) vs. Opposition: Yuzuki Murakami (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.

  • Zoe Liebmann
    Zoe Liebmann
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    Yuzuki Murakami
    Yuzuki Murakami
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    Posted at April 11, 2016 04:35:24PM EST by Zoe Liebmann

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    Published 08/27/2015. Video. Paul Humphries. http://www.nasadebates.org

    Posted at April 12, 2016 09:44:10PM EST by Yuzuki Murakami

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    None available for this speech.

    Posted at April 13, 2016 11:05:08PM EST by Zoe Liebmann

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    1. The USGS Water Science School, "How much water is there on, in, and above the Earth?", http://water.usgs.gov/edu/earthhowmuch.html

    2. Utah State University/TARLab,"Law vs. Ethics" http://tarlab.usu.edu/htm/et/law-ethics

    Posted at April 14, 2016 10:45:07AM EST by Yuzuki Murakami

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    None available for this speech.

    Posted at April 15, 2016 09:56:56PM EST by Zoe Liebmann

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    Global Issues, "International law", http://www.un.org/en/globalissues/internationallaw/

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    Submitted at April 16, 2016 08:44:38PM EST by Dan Weiser

    Category Zoe Liebmann Yuzuki Murakami
    Use of evidence: 3.9 4.3
    Delivery skill: 3.9 3.9
    Coherence of arguments: 4.8 4.6
    Responsiveness to opponent: 3 3.4
    Identification of key points: 2.4 2.5
    Comments: I think you presented your arguments in a clear and coherent way. I think your downfall was not being responsive to your opponent. While I think on the whole your arguments are strong, many are stronger than hers, the reality is that you don't engage her central arguments specifically really at all during the debate - leaving me to evaluate two separate sets of arguments. I think you did a great job presenting a coherent set of arguments an extending them throughout this debate. My only suggestion would be , in your last speech, to make a clear summary and really pick what your major overarching argument is going to be and hammer away at the main point you think you win on.

    The decision is for the Opposition: Yuzuki Murakami

    Reason for Decision:

    In the end went for the opposition on the argument that this is covered by the current space law that states "outer space is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means." Do I think this specifically protects life, no. Do I think it can be interpreted to, yes. More importantly, Yuzuki brought this up each speech and it was never directly responded to. I agree we need to protect extraterrestrial life because it will be too late if we wait till we find it - but if the laws already exist then I have no unique reason to go through the effort of making a whole new treaty. Nice job evetyone! Best of luck


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