Besides religion and politics, what other topics tend to be debated/argued about

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  1. ChristinS profile image94
    ChristinSposted 5 years ago

    Besides religion and politics, what other topics tend to be debated/argued about the most?

    If you want your next family event to be sporting, but don't want to fight about politics or religion because they've been overdone and are now boring - what other topics might start a spirited debate? Why have a polite gathering when you can have a free for all? What topics would you bring up - remember NOT religious or political issues, something else to mix things up.

  2. LoisRyan13903 profile image81
    LoisRyan13903posted 5 years ago

    I think to would have to be sports.  Like who is the better team or player.  Or things that pop up in the news such as Lance Armstrong or Barry Bonds.

    1. ChristinS profile image94
      ChristinSposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Definitely the sports, can totally see that.

    2. LoisRyan13903 profile image81
      LoisRyan13903posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      other things parenting-each person has own way of raiding children, finances, health medicine vs natural healing, in my case my husband and I are in disagreement on how to load the dishwasher  LOL

  3. CraftytotheCore profile image78
    CraftytotheCoreposted 5 years ago

    Sometimes it doesn't seem to matter.  One person says the sky is blue, one thinks it is gray.  Viola.  Insto-argument.

    1. ChristinS profile image94
      ChristinSposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Sadly, this is very true. As my mom used to say, some people would argue with a fence post.

    2. Borsia profile image44
      Borsiaposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      lol actually the sky is clear it is what is in the sky that makes colors.

  4. Ericdierker profile image42
    Ericdierkerposted 5 years ago

    As I understand it. Topics that normal people think they can debate. For some reason people with no formal training think they are just as capable as people with formal training on some subjects. So you would just look at what members do for a living and offer advice on that. Tell a doctor that they over prescribe medicine. Tell a policeman about police brutality. Tell a plumber how ridiculous the rates are. Tell a teacher they are socialists.
    Well the list is endless.

    1. ChristinS profile image94
      ChristinSposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      ah yes, good call - be a non-expert expert, that could make dinner interesting in no time wink good answer.

  5. PoeticFailosophy profile image57
    PoeticFailosophyposted 5 years ago

    Among relatives who are active in the Sasquatch appreciation community: Sasquatch rights, interhominid dating, whether appropriating Bigfoot cultural practices is a form of racism.  With relatives who are not into Bigfoot, we often debate whether Bigfoot even exists.  I usually win these arguments by bringing my date.

    1. brblog profile image81
      brblogposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Are you from Montana?

    2. ChristinS profile image94
      ChristinSposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      lol poetic - in these parts we are close to military bases, so it's usually UFO conspiracies more than bigfoot. He doesn't have many places to hide here.. smile

    3. brblog profile image81
      brblogposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      ChristinS - I think PoeticFailosophy is very serious about Sasquatch - I think BigFoot is a demeaning term and not politically correct - please be more sensitive next time!

    4. ChristinS profile image94
      ChristinSposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I'm sure he is, after all he has tried to tie him into every major religion lol. He himself used the term "bigfoot" however, so I can't see being offended by a word one uses oneself wink

    5. PoeticFailosophy profile image57
      PoeticFailosophyposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Sadly the mods have deleted my other questions about Sasquatch and Islam, same-sex love, and being from Montana.  My Sasquatch GF uses the term Bigfoot, so I think it's OK for some if you use that term.  Have a lovely weekend Christin and brblog!

    6. LoisRyan13903 profile image81
      LoisRyan13903posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      That's too bad poetic.  I thought they were funny.

  6. brblog profile image81
    brblogposted 5 years ago

    Not sure but there was a question about what was better, popsicles or gummy bears and that got pretty heated . . . ok it really didn't get heated at all but I tried.

    1. ChristinS profile image94
      ChristinSposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      In the right group of people that probably could become a very heated argument - then there's always coke products vs pepsi products.

    2. brblog profile image81
      brblogposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, Coke and Pepsi - age old rivalry - another one, sibling or parents telling you how to raise your kids or vise versa . . .

  7. Borsia profile image44
    Borsiaposted 5 years ago

    In my own family the only subject that is any problem is politics, we are all atheist so religion is no problem.
    The occasional conspiracy theory pops up, my step mother believed in many but she is no longer with us and those days are gone.
    I suppose health issues are still up there but we don't get any heated arguments.
    Politics is still the one that grantees arguments and we try to avoid it but more and more we tend to agree that neither party is worth the effort of any defense.
    Gun control raises some debate, two hands vs one is my position.

    1. ChristinS profile image94
      ChristinSposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It sounds like you come from a family of fairly reasonable people then - it must be nice smile some of our family members would argue about anything.

  8. drpennypincher profile image92
    drpennypincherposted 5 years ago

    Bring up the topic of whether or not having Hubs selected for Editor's Choice will help or hurt search engine traffic...  Then step back and watch the fireworks!  :-)

    1. ChristinS profile image94
      ChristinSposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes definitely smile Good for the HP family debates for sure.

  9. profile image0
    JThomp42posted 5 years ago

    Some people like to argue just for the sake of arguing. I'm happy to stay away from them in my own little corner.

    1. ChristinS profile image94
      ChristinSposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Yes me too, hence the question was asked in humor smile we have a lot of family members who can debate anything - and I do mean anything!

    2. Borsia profile image44
      Borsiaposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I had a GF who would argue everything no matter what, but what she was really after was make up sex.

    3. ChristinS profile image94
      ChristinSposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I've heard that's the best kind Borsia - although my hubs and I don't fight so I really don't know.  Perhaps I'll start an argument with him later and find out hehe.

  10. VinitaAmrit profile image79
    VinitaAmritposted 5 years ago

    1. Children -> What to do with them, what not to do with them, the scope is simply unlimited.... Their education, values, morals, nature, upbringing related issues, health and emotional conditioning, so on and so forth
    2. Parents -> Health, thought process, experiences, etc.
    3. Celebrities (movie updates and latest gossip, makeup, breakup, hairstyles, clothes, fashion accessories, style, attitude)
    4. Books and articles
    5. Music and food

    God bless, have fun.

    1. ChristinS profile image94
      ChristinSposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Of course the question is tongue and cheek wink, but I do wonder what book I might stir up a controversy over, perhaps how much I think 50 shades sucks... or Harry Potter was ridiculous - that should rile some people up! smile

    2. VinitaAmrit profile image79
      VinitaAmritposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Music & Books are subject to the audience and orators/music lovers  present during the discussion.
      Try some classics or self help topics - they usually work, even latest scientific discoveries are engaging
      my personal fav is "Who moved my cheese

  11. chef-de-jour profile image97
    chef-de-jourposted 4 years ago

    I'd say the environment, green policy and climate change.

    Plus...the usefulness of philosophy? Is it a dead subject?

    And also the Big Brother effect - what comes next after Snowden?

    1. ChristinS profile image94
      ChristinSposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      All great ideas, of course they'll come back to politics most likely, but I think everything does anymore!

  12. gmwilliams profile image82
    gmwilliamsposted 4 years ago

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    (1)Parental and family favoritism is often a contentious discussion topic, particularly at family gatherings.  There is always one person who felt slighted by his/her parents and/or other relatives in favor of another.   In many families, the subject of favoritism, whether real or perceived is always bought up as a topic of conversation or rather argument.

    (2) Psychological, soul searching topics are also contentious topics for discussion. The topic of discussion could be  who is the most irritating person for whatever reason. This topic is bound to initiate some intense discussions because of differing opinions and analysis of the situation at hand.   Also many people do not want to be viewed as that most irritating person.   

    (3) Health and diet issues can be controversial topics.  For instance, one person may espouse the virtues of vegetarianism while another can espouse the virtues of a meat and potato diet.   Health and diet issues are often the subject of intense arguments as there is never an agreement on this topic. 

    (4) Music is a great topic of heated discussion.  Each musical genre is different between generation and even intragenerationally.  Some people love jazz and classical music.  Others love r&b and rock and roll.  A few will love the postmodern type of music such as hip hop.  Yes, one can discuss and argue about music for days at a time.

    There are so many topics to argue about besides religion and politics.  Religion and politics are such common subjects to argue about nowadays that these subjects are becoming old and tired to say the least.   There is so much more to talk about besides religion and politics-much, much more!

    1. ChristinS profile image94
      ChristinSposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Oh yeah, these are all great starters of debates for sure! smile

  13. praveenniru profile image73
    praveenniruposted 4 years ago

    Bring up a topic about a career in software or public services were a person can  utilize his valuable time in a good positive way

    1. ChristinS profile image94
      ChristinSposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      how does that start a debate though exactly? smile

    2. LoisRyan13903 profile image81
      LoisRyan13903posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      maybe a debate in which career is better

  14. dashingscorpio profile image86
    dashingscorpioposted 4 years ago

    Spirited debates only take place when people really believe they are "right" and they're (emotionally invested) enough to resent being challenged. Most topics outside of religion and politics do not rise to that level. Even things such as pro-life vs pro-choice, marriage equality, death penalty, or euthanasia tend to fall along side political and religious beliefs.
    This pretty much leaves us with either personal stuff that took place in our families or general stuff like: Best all time band, singer, movie, boxer, basketball player, team...etc  Most of these debates are likely to end with "Lets agree to disagree."

    1. gmwilliams profile image82
      gmwilliamsposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      NOTHING brings on a more visceral response than religion and politics.  However, there are some TOUCH topics outside of the purview of religion and politics.

    2. LoisRyan13903 profile image81
      LoisRyan13903posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      books can be another good one.  They don't have to be heated discussions but they can bring up a good conversation

  15. tsmog profile image82
    tsmogposted 4 years ago

    Today the hot topic is 4G vs 5G isn't it? Or, what of this cell phone provider vs. that provider. Most certainly which health care insurance company is a hot topic. School guards is mentioned by many too as monitors seem are becoming phased out taking away school volunteers opportunities. I dun'no . . .

    1. ChristinS profile image94
      ChristinSposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I don't even have a smart phone yet - I wouldn't be very good in that debate lol. Hadn't heard about the school monitor issue - that's a good thought.

 
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