How to win an arguement

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How to Win an Argument

To win an argument one must keep in mind the following factors: Is the

argument worth fighting? Do you have the proper background to win the

argument? Who is your opponent? And finally, do I have the proper

argumentative behavior.

Before getting involved in an argument, you must decide whether or not

it is even worth fighting. Does the subject at hand have any interest to you,

does it make a difference if you win or lose. An argument about Jackie

Gleson's weight at death, or the amount of torque output in a 1976 Ford

Pinto, probably doesn't make much difference to anyone and isn't very

interesting. Not getting involved is probably the best way to go. However if

the argument will decide who gets the parking spot on 187th and Amsterdam,

or whether you have a week or a month to write an essay, you may want to

consider getting into the dispute.

If fighting arguments is just an "ego boost"

or hobby, then disregard the above.

The next item to take into consideration is your background on the

topic. You should never enter an argument you have no information about,

because it will only end in "your mother is a ....." insults. In a factual

argument, it is helpful if the truth is on your side, but as we've learned from

our politicians, it is not necessary. However, if the truth does eventually get

out you may end up looking like a fool. In a multi-sided argument, an

argument which is not dealing in absolute truths, but rather different

opinions, it is preferable to believe in the side you for which you are arguing,

but isn't necessary if your background is strong enough. In simpler terms,

don't get into an argument...