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Binghamton Speech & Debate

Proposition: Ahmad Amireh (Liberty High School) vs. Opposition: Kirk Wu (San Marino High School)

Judge: Serge Danielson-Francois (Divine Child High School)

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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    Ahmad Amireh
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    Kirk Wu
    Kirk Wu
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    Posted at May 3, 2016 01:08:11AM EST by Ahmad Amireh

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    OBSERVATION:
    Fischer-Columbo, Bailey. "NASA ASTROBIOLOGY DEBATES." NASA ASTROBIOLOGY DEBATES. 26 Aug. 2015. Web. 17 Apr. 2016. http://www.nasadebates.org/BrianHenning.php

    CONTENTION 1:
    Napier, Lauren. "Interplanetary Contamination and Extraterrestrial Life." Space Safety Magazine. Web. 17 Apr. 2016. http://www.spacesafetymagazine.com/space-exploration/extraterrestrial-life/

    Iacurci, Jenna. "Earth's Microorganisms Could Potentially Contaminate Mars." Nature World News RSS. 06 May 2014. Web. 17 Apr. 2016. http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/6918/20140506/earths-microorganisms-could-potentially-contaminate-mars.htm

    Caspermeyer, Joe. “Space Flight Shown to Alter Ability of Bacteria to Cause Disease.”Arizona State University. 23 Sept. 2007. Web. 17 Apr. 2016. https://biodesign.asu.edu/news/space-flight-shown-alter-ability-bacteria-cause-disease

    CONTENTION 2:
    Leeson-Schatz, Joe. "NASA ASTROBIOLOGY DEBATES." NASA ASTROBIOLOGY DEBATES. 17 Sept. 2015. Web. 29 Apr. 2016. http://www.nasadebates.org/JLS.php

    CONTENTION 3:

    Glaser, Sarah M. "NASA ASTROBIOLOGY DEBATES." NASA ASTROBIOLOGY DEBATES. Web. 10 Apr. 2016. http://www.nasadebates.org/SarahGlaser.php

    Leeson-Schatz, Joe. "NASA ASTROBIOLOGY DEBATES." NASA ASTROBIOLOGY DEBATES. 17 Sept. 2015. Web. 29 Apr. 2016. http://www.nasadebates.org/JLS.php

    Posted at May 4, 2016 02:30:38AM EST by Kirk Wu

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    NEGATIVE CONTENTION

    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. http://www.nasadebates.org/Kelly-Smith.php.

    Race, Margaret S. and Richard O. Randolph. "The Need for Operating Guidelines and a Decision Making Framework Applicable to the Discovery of Non-Intelligent Extraterrestrial Life." SETI 2002. http://archive.seti.org/pdfs/m_race_guidelines.pdf.

    Maron, Dina Fine. “A Faster Way to Diagnose Antibiotic Resistance.” Scientific American 17 Dec. 2014. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-faster-way-to-diagnose-antibiotic-resistance/

    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. http://www.nasadebates.org/Professor-Alejandra-Prieto-Davo.php.

    "Stephen Hawking: Off Earth by 2110?" NBC News 9 Aug. 2010. http://cosmiclog.nbcnews.com/_news/2010/08/09/4850998-stephen-hawking-off-earth-by-2110.

    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. http://www.nasadebates.org/joe-packer.php.

    OVERVIEW TO THE AFFIRMATIVE CASE

    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", www.fpif.org/blog/the_impotence_of_international_law.

    AFF OBSERVATION

    "Overriding." Merriam-Webster. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overriding

    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. http://www.nasadebates.org/Kelly-Smith.php.

    AFF CONTENTION 1

    Tarantola, Andrew. “How NASA Prevents a Space Plague Outbreak.” Gizmodo 25 Sept. 2012. http://gizmodo.com/5945743/how-nasa-prevents-a-space-plague-outbreak

    Office of Planetary Protection. “Summary.” NASA n.d. http://planetaryprotection.nasa.gov/summary/bcmars

    AFF CONTENTION 3

    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. http://www.nasadebates.org/Kelly-Smith.php.

    Posted at May 5, 2016 03:50:04AM EST by Ahmad Amireh

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    REBUTTAL TO OPP CONTENTION 1

    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.
    http://www.nasadebates.org/Kelly-Smith.php.

    Race, Margaret S. and Richard O. Randolph. "The Need for Operating Guidelines and a Decision Making Framework Applicable to the Discovery of Non-Intelligent Extraterrestrial Life." SETI 2002. http://archive.seti.org/pdfs/m_race_guidelines.pdf.

    Iacurci, Jenna. "Earth's Microorganisms Could Potentially Contaminate Mars." Nature World News RSS. 06 May 2014. Web. 17 Apr. 2016. http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/6918/20140506/earths-microorganisms-could-potentially-contaminate-mars.htmL

    Leeson-Schatz, Joe. "NASA ASTROBIOLOGY DEBATES." NASA ASTROBIOLOGY DEBATES. 17 Sept. 2015. Web. 29 Apr. 2016.
    http://www.nasadebates.org/JLS.php

    DEFENDING AGAINST OPP OVERVIEW

    Leeson-Schatz, Joe. "NASA ASTROBIOLOGY DEBATES." NASA ASTROBIOLOGY DEBATES. 17 Sept. 2015. Web. 29 Apr. 2016.
    http://www.nasadebates.org/JLS.php
    “Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.” United NAtions Office for Outer Space Affairs. http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/ourwork/spacelaw/treaties/introouterspacetreaty.html

    Buklemishev, Oleg. “Myths and Realities of Sanctions in Russia.” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 13 Aug. 2015. http://carnegieendowment.org/2015/08/13/myths-and-realities-of-sanctions-in-russia/iemn

    Fischer-Columbo, Bailey. "NASA ASTROBIOLOGY DEBATES." NASA ASTROBIOLOGY DEBATES. 26 Aug. 2015. Web. 17 Apr. 2016.
    http://www.nasadebates.org/BrianHenning.php

    Posted at May 6, 2016 07:39:43PM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz

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    George, Marie I. [Professor of Philosophy, St. John’s University]. "NASA Debate Interview Series - Marie I. George." Interview posted 3 Feb. 2016. http://www.nasadebates.org/Marie-George.php.

    Brahm, Eric. "International Law." Beyond Tractability Sept. 2003. http://www.beyondintractability.org/essay/international-law

    Posted at May 7, 2016 03:24:00AM EST by Ahmad Amireh

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    KIRK'S SMITH EVIDENCE

    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. http://www.nasadebates.org/Kelly-Smith.php.

    KIRK'S RACE EVIDENCE

    Race, Margaret S. and Richard O. Randolph. "The Need for Operating Guidelines and a Decision Making Framework Applicable to the Discovery of Non-Intelligent Extraterrestrial Life." SETI 2002. http://archive.seti.org/pdfs/m_race_guidelines.pdf.

    KIRK'S HAWKING EVIDENCE

    "Stephen Hawking: Off Earth by 2110?" NBC News 9 Aug. 2010. http://cosmiclog.nbcnews.com/_news/2010/08/09/4850998-stephen-hawking-off-earth-by-2110.

    Status

    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at May 7, 2016 08:21:40AM EST by Serge Danielson-Francois

    Category Ahmad Amireh Kirk Wu
    Use of evidence: 4.3 4.3
    Delivery skill: 4.8 4.2
    Coherence of arguments: 4.6 4.3
    Responsiveness to opponent: 4.6 4.2
    Identification of key points: 4.6 4
    Comments: Identified key points and offered cogent defense for a proposal to protect microbial life. Grew strident as the debate progressed.

    The decision is for the Proposition: Ahmad Amireh

    Reason for Decision:

    The proposition's case prevailed because of a patient, substantive and strategic use of evidence. Proposition's delivery of the argument was more civil than the opposition's throughout the debate.


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