I must confess: I'm kind of a geek. Back in high school I joined the debate team my junior year and I continued to debate through college. I traveled extensively in college to debate and although I never became a great debater, there are so many skills that I learned over those years that live with me today. I can thank my fabulous coach for the numerous life lessons and the reasoning and debating skills that he taught me. Our motto, by which I try to abide, is Think for Yourself.
Recently, I have been engaged in a discussion on Emma's blog regarding aerial wolf hunting. As always, I attempt to avoid ad hominems. But besides that, I try to remember A.R.E which stands for Assertion, Reasoning and Evidence. Of course, it is not always easy to readily find good evidence right as you want to make an argument and especially within a blog comment. In turn, logical reasoning can be a great substitute for evidence to support your position. In fact, I find reasoning to be especially engaging because it demonstrates thoughfulness and reasoning. And don't get me wrong. I am not saying that the person who does not agree with my position is not using reasoning. My point is that when I discuss an issue about which I feel strongly, I need to remind myself of the acronym A.R.E.