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Binghamton Speech & Debate

Proposition: Zainab Gilani (Binghamton University) vs. Opposition: Illiah Pfau (Wood River High School)

Judge: Trevor Reddick (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

    Illiah Pfau
    Illiah Pfau
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    Posted at April 26, 2016 02:59:07AM EST by Zainab Gilani



    None available for this speech.

    Posted at April 26, 2016 10:59:33PM EST by Illiah Pfau



    Posted at April 28, 2016 07:57:12AM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz



    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,, "Global Conflicts on the Rise," June 17, 2015.

    Posted at April 29, 2016 12:48:17AM EST by Illiah Pfau



    None available for this speech.

    Posted at April 30, 2016 06:12:18AM EST by Zainab Gilani



    Kelly, Bryan, "7 Unexpected Countries with Space Programs," Inverse. September 9, 2015. ""


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    Submitted at May 1, 2016 07:27:21PM EST by Trevor Reddick

    Category Zainab Gilani Illiah Pfau
    Use of evidence: 5 4.5
    Delivery skill: 5 5
    Coherence of arguments: 5 5
    Responsiveness to opponent: 5 4.5
    Identification of key points: 5 4.5
    Comments: Well done, I think you could have done a better job by not conceding the risk of intergalactic war being low considering you invest such a significant amount of time in your last rebuttal attacking the reasons why it would be so. overall you did a good job and should continue to develop your skills as a debater, perhaps consider joining the debate team at Binghamton. I coached and debated for binghamton and it was the best experience of my college career. Contact Joe Schatz at if interested You did a very good job in this debate but failed to have a large piece of offense, or reason that the proposition was uniquely bad. I think something like arguing that any constraints on space travel will halt it and that we need to do it now, or maybe a more neoliberalism style approach and argue that any government constraints on free industry will destroy the economy and is very bad for the future. You simply don't do enough in this debate to make me believe that the proposition doesn't do anything good and without some larger reason that it's also bad i feel i have to vote for the proposition

    The decision is for the Proposition: Zainab Gilani

    Reason for Decision:

    Great debate. I vote for the proposition because I decide that it is in the best interests of international politics to create regulations on engagement with microbial life to avoid risks of weapons development and potential international war over/with weaponized microbes. The opposition needed to do a better job of providing reasons that would be impossible AND bad.

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