Debate: A formal interactive discussion of opposing ideas on a specific topic.
Debate in science is a way of handling disputes over theory
since both sides get to make their case. A common example of this is debates on
Creation Vs Evolution how ever it seldom actually settles the dispute.
A long as both sides get to make their case it is a chance
to learn about the other side as well as one’s own. It works best when both
sides are given equal footing and respect which doses not always happen.
Since debate seldom actually settles the dispute and one
side can actually get insulting ruining the discussion in practice it is only
as useful as the participants’ ability to learn from it. If no one learns
anything from a debate it’s a waste of time.