Thursday, February 18, 2010
Posted by Edward Clint at 4:27 PM
Yep. Cynics like to say you can't change anyone's mind.. that it's all wasted effort but they're wrong and I have visual proof. In this Intelligence Squared debate re: Is the Catholic Church a Force for Good? Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry square off against an Archbishop and a British catholic member of Parliament. At the start and at the end of the debate the audience indicates whether it is for the motion, against, or undecided. You'll have to watch to see how the numbers change but at least 50% of the votes change and the number "undecided" goes from 346 to 34. Debates can be definitively won, and they can sway their audience considerably.