Top debater from Paly wins many arguments, but not all

Travis Chen drawn to world of competitive debating

This spring, experienced debater Travis Chen concluded his high school career as a national quarterfinalist in the Lincoln-Douglas division at the Tournament of Champions in Kentucky.

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Posted by Wondering
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 1, 2014 at 12:21 pm

During debates, how does one handle personal attacks and name-calling, tactics that take the focus off the issue at hand? I see that a lot, and by adults that disagree on public issues.

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Posted by Advice
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jul 1, 2014 at 2:42 pm

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Posted by fallacy
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 2, 2014 at 7:33 am

You recognize it for the fallacy it is and call it out: Web Link

On these forums you see a lot of ad hominem Web Link and straw man Web Link fallacies. Just identify them for what they are and the poster's whole argument deflates. They lose complete credibility.

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Posted by Paly Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 2, 2014 at 8:29 am

Travis is a nice kid and a really brilliant debater. Kudos to the Weekly for covering this and not just sports.

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Posted by Member
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 2, 2014 at 11:04 am

The subtitle has a typo in Travis's name. His last name is Chen, as correctly identified in the body of the article.

Travis is a nice kid and incredibly talented in many ways. So is her sister. Their parents are very grateful for the gifts in their children. Travis won his parents' hearts many times over (and I do not think he considers them as debate opponents).

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