Main Question or Discussion Point
Is 'debate' a dirty word in science? I've always thought so, and am always weary of those who relish in it. The word comes up every once in a while as if it should be some means of establishing foundations within the realm we call science. On the contrary, I think of it more as a tool of propaganda where the more clever argument rather than objective, honest evidence is the basis of establishing common ground of perception. To make this point, debate is notably absent in mathematical enquiries. It is also a rarity in deciding the winner in a game of chess where observing the position of the pieces throughout the game has a larger contribution.