Informal Debate Society

Walking the gauntlet of ideological booths and stands that line the main footpath through UC Berkeley and passed a card table draped with a painted sign reading “Informal Debate Society.” The woman behind the card table was holding up a piece of looseleaf notebook paper, on which was scrawled in crude ballpoint ink: “Debate Me Now!” No indication what topics she might be prepared to debate, which made the prospect all the more intriguing. If I had had more time I might have taken her up on the offer. Another day.

Music: Lawrence Ferlinghetti :: Moscow in the Wilderness, Segovia in the Snow

6 Replies to “Informal Debate Society”

  1. ROTFL!

    I used to know a guy who would arrive at parties and say, “OK, so just tell me what we’re discussing and I’ll disagree!”

  2. That’s good. Is it just me, or does it strike you as though this woman approached it after being inspired by Lucy van Pelt’s infamous “Psychiatric Help” desk?

    Got to give her credit for making me smile today though. Scot, if you ever do debate her, let us know how it goes!

  3. I would take her up on it.

    give your opening statement, listen to hers, then say. “hmmm, your right. nevermind.”

    return and repeat with a new topic every 10 minutes.

  4. Hmm, this is very interesting. I happen to be the woman who was holding that sign. Funny that I found this while I was searching for something else….well, if anyone still wants to take me up on my offer – you know where to find me!

  5. Dear Informal Debate Society,
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