Science 5: The Good and Bad of it All
There are good and bad sides to pretty much everything. Except Shmoop. We're never bad. If anyone tells you we are, simply laugh in their face, cover your ears, and scream "Lalala, I don't listen to nonsense!" as you run away. That's what we do. Works every time.
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They're both delicious…as a matter of fact, we tend to put ketchup, mustard, and hotdogs [Ridiculous stamp]
on our hamburgers.
Ahem….back to the topic at hand… [Kid holding giant hamburger]
Sure, that particular debate might seem a little silly, but debating is actually a super [The ridiculous stamp is rubbed away]
And not just for school projects!
The art of debate is something you can use in pretty much any area of your life. [Dino pointing at a blackboard]
Whether you're skillfully convincing your little sister that she really does want to
watch Star Wars instead of Tinkerbell for the millionth time… [Starwars playing on the TV]
Or debating your mom and dad on the merits of eating a bowl of ice cream for breakfast...
Knowing how to properly debate can definitely come in handy. [Guy reading the 'Debate 101' book]
Which is why it's time to debate again – but instead of Hollywood blockbusters or desserts [Clock with debate written on every hour]
for breakfast, you'll be debating the pros and cons of an energy resource.
And you're probably thinking – why prepare both sides if we're only going to argue for
Well, the answer is actually pretty simple: your opponents are going try to make their [Girl with her finger up to make a point]
energy resource seem better than yours, which means you can be sure they'll research all [Coop pointing at a blackboard]
of the cons.
Because of this, it's important you stay one step ahead of the game and prepare to rebut, [Guy on a computer which says 'cons of coal']
or disprove the cons..
And really, nothing in life is perfect.
So even if you passionately believe that your resource is the best energy source ever made, [Girl arguing for solar panels]
it probably has its downsides…
Heck, think about a trip to Disney World – even that has its pros and cons. [Girl thinking about disney world]
For instance, the lines can be outrageously long. [The girl in a long line]
Waiting in line for an hour only to have the flight to Neverland be over in less than a
Kind of a bummer.
And it's in Florida, the capital of afternoon rain showers.
And the only thing worse than waiting in line for an hour is doing it in the middle of a [It starts to rain]
Oh, and don't even get us started on the food prices.
Want a few burgers, fries and some soda?
That'll be 50 bucks.
See what we just did there?
We made one of the happiest places on Earth sound downright miserable. [The disney castle falls down]
Long lines, lousy weather and steep prices.
Sounds awful, huh?
And yes, we're a lot of fun at parties, thank you very much.
Of course, this is ignoring all the pros of Disney World... [Kid wearing a mickey mouse hat]
Meeting Mickey Mouse and the Disney princesses...
Riding amazing rides like Pirates of the Caribbean or Space Mountain...
And really, it's just straight-up one of the happiest places on Earth. [Picture of Disneyland]
That's gotta be a pro.
So obviously Disney World is great – but it's still possible to focus on its downsides
to make it sound not-so-great.
And that's exactly what your opponents are going to be doing in regards to your energy [Dino and Coop looking at a blackboard]
Sure, you might have a bunch of pros to discuss, but that's only half the battle – the other [Girl holding piece of ripped paper that says 'pros']
half is preparing rebuttal statements for the cons your opponents might bring up. [Girl has the other half the paper which says 'cons']
That way, you'll be ready for anything thing they might throw your way. [Debate opponent chucking words at the girl]
For instance, if someone were to talk about how expensive the food was at Disney World,
you could rebut them by saying that you bring your own food in and eat picnic style.
It's way cheaper, and you also don't have to wait in line for food. [Girl at a picnic]
Double whammy rebuttal right there.
Once you prepare a whole bunch of these along with your pros, you'll be well on your way [Dino and Coop in front of a blackboard]
to winning your debate.
And good thing too, because the winner of the debate doesn't just get to bask in the
glory of victory...
They also win an all-expenses-paid trip to Disney World, courtesy of your teacher!
…Wait, that's not part of winning? [Teacher looks confused]