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.
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.
Definitely the sports, can totally see that.
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
Sometimes it doesn't seem to matter. One person says the sky is blue, one thinks it is gray. Viola. Insto-argument.
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.
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.
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..
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!
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
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!
That's too bad poetic. I thought they were funny.
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.
In the right group of people that probably could become a very heated argument - then there's always coke products vs pepsi products.
Yes, Coke and Pepsi - age old rivalry - another one, sibling or parents telling you how to raise your kids or vise versa . . .
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.
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! :-)
Some people like to argue just for the sake of arguing. I'm happy to stay away from them in my own little corner.
Yes me too, hence the question was asked in humor we have a lot of family members who can debate anything - and I do mean anything!
I had a GF who would argue everything no matter what, but what she was really after was make up sex.
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.
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.
Of course the question is tongue and cheek , 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!
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
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)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!
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
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."
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.
books can be another good one. They don't have to be heated discussions but they can bring up a good conversation
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 . . .
by LoganG 12 years ago
How do you engage someone in debate who is extremely stubborn in their opinions?And not a formal debate, just a fair discussion on a topic such as religion or politics.
by Chaotic Chica 11 years ago
When it comes to the topic of religion, there will NEVER, EVER be an end to the debates and yet some people insist on stoking the fires. It seems to me that if any person is so intent on engaging in debates guaranteed to ruffle feathers and, intentionally or not, offend others then those...
by capncrunch 6 years ago
Besides the belief in a higher power, what other differences separate non-believers and believers?What is the agenda of either side?
by Keith Schroeder 10 years ago
Are there any taboo topics to write a hub about?I'm not talking about violations of the TOS. Rather, are there things we should never write a hub on? Things that could hurt us in Google and spread to all our other hubs?
by PrettyPanther 13 years ago
I am new here so it's possible this has been suggested before. How about a debate forum, separate from the other forums, where contentious topics can be debated? So, if people wanted to discuss, say, a philosophical topic in the Religion forum and someone jumped in and started debating,...
by James Phelps 12 years ago
Why are Politics and Religion "taboo" topics of conversation?These are important topics and need to be talked about openly.
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