10 Cross Examination Questions & Points to Be Used in Debate
+ South African principle, ubuntu, or ‘A person is a person through other persons.’ As Archbishop Desmond Tutu describes this perspective, ubuntu ‘is not, “I think therefore I am.” It says rather: “I am a human because I belong. I participate. I share.”’ In essence, I am because you are.
+ William Swann of the University of Texas at Austin proved “theory states that once a person develops an idea about what they are like, they will strive to verify the accompanying self-views. We feel more comfortable and secure when we believe that others see us in the same way that we see ourselves.” This means that people can't even identify themselves as a unit without looking to others to verify what they feel about themselves is true so other people did not exist one wouldn't need to verify their own self view.
+ William Swann a teacher and philosopher said “Many attributes are not measurable in the physical world, such as kindness, cleverness and sincerity.” This means . Every measure is simply a relative measure to the level of that attribute in, say, the general population or another specific individual. This idea implies that any measurement only merits meaning when it is expressed in respect to the measurements of others.Most of our personal identities are therefore sealed in comparative terms from the social world.
+ I am me because you exist and can see me. I am the because other people exist. I am nothing but the reflection of myself I see off of you. I do not see myself I exist because of the way you see me. You do not need to acknowledge my existence for me to exist.
+ Most of our personal identities are therefore sealed in comparative terms from the social world.
If nobody else in the world existed I would have no need for a name I would have no need for words I would have no need for language. I only bother to identify myself as I relate to you.
+ I do good things Not so that they think I'm a good person but so that I think they think I am a good person. I define myself on what I think you see me as and you define yourself as what you think I see you as.
+ Reflected appraisals occur when a person observes how others respond to them. The process was first explained by the sociologist Charles H. Cooley in 1902 as part of his discussion of the "looking-glass self", which describes how we see ourselves reflected in other peoples' eyes. He argued that a person's feelings towards themselves are socially determined by others views.
+ How can my thinking exist before my existence and cause my existence. Therefore, I must exist first, then I can think about “I exist”
I am existing in this world, If my body physically is existing. For example, a person whose body functionally works but loss his conscious. He is still alive but he cannot think, we cannot say he is inexistent, because he is not dead. In other word, I can exist without “I think”, but “I think” cannot be without I exist.
+ Understand that other people are your mirror. A simple concept, yet one that many people are either unwilling, or unable, to grasp. Summed up, it is simply that other people reflect you. Your emotions, your traits, and your feelings are reflected back at you from other people either through in-kind responses or through predictable reactions to the emotions or feelings that you're issuing.
+ Just as your thoughts about unicorns do not mean unicorns are real, your thoughts about yourself are nothing more than thoughts.
+“You can never know about about your own destiny: are the people you meet there to play a part on your oun destiny, or do you exist just to play a role in theirs?”
+ If a group see things a certain way it is true..in the moment in time. History will prove this. We don't sacrifice people anymore do we?? although it was quite normal for a long time. It existed and was true. If you say “I would never kill anybody because a group said so” You're a liar.
Examples in History proving I think therefore I am is wrong.
+ Deformed children were said to be possessed by evil spirits. The community only deemed it fit to kill the “evil children”. This tradition is still carried out in most parts of Ghana.
+ Human sacrifice has been practiced in various cultures throughout history. Victims were typically ritually killed in a manner that was supposed to please the gods.
+ In ancient Japan, legends talk about hitobashira ("human pillar"), in which maidens were buried alive at the base or near some constructions to protect the buildings against disasters or enemy attacks,
+ The ancient Chinese are known to have made sacrifices of young men and women to river deities and to have buried slaves alive with their owners upon death as part of a funeral service. This was especially prevalent during the Shang and Zhou Dynasties
+ In metamorphosis : Gregor is a cockroach but in his mind he is a Human.Everyone else sees him as a cockroach, in his mind he is a Human and sees himself as a Human but just because he think hes a human does not mean he is one.
If I Think Therefore I Am Was True If You Think You're An Elephant You Are An Elephant? Or are you just a Human.
+ Descartes in Meditation II concludes that he is in essence a thinking thing (res cogitans), and that it is possible that he exists without a body. He recognizes, however, that to conclude from this that his mind is really distinct from his body would be fallacious. The Stoic paradox of the masked man illustrates the fallacy. If a person sees their father, they will very likely recognize him. If the same person is then shown a masked man, they may doubt that this is their father. Still, the masked man might be their father. So, to conclude that the father and the masked man are really distinct because one cannot doubt in one case but can in the other is clearly fallacious. The case is precisely the same for Descartes in relation to his mind and his body in Meditation II.
+What is reality but a concept unique to each of us? Can anything be classed as real when our perceptions differ greatly on so many things? Just because we see something a particular way does not make it so. We can be so insistent sometimes that our way of seeing something is more right than someone else’s way.
There is no such thing as reality. There is only ‘your’ version of it which is essentially your perception. Remember that what you believe to be true is only as true as your worldly experience and it doesn’t go any further than that. Even many scientific theories are just that; they are theories! It doesn’t make them so.