Social Sciences


A discussion is the presentation of various points of view by two or more people. The objective of the discussion is to reach an agreement and obtain conclusions based on the arguments of the parties, but there is not always the necessary unanimity to do so.

Some people usually start discussions just to expose their position in front of a situation or idea , but not to solve problems , that is when the discussion is inconclusive.

On the other hand, the conclusions drawn from research carried out by two or more people or groups ( companies or organizations) are also known as discussion . When conducting experiments and obtaining data that lends itself to speculation, it is also possible to discuss such data before drawing conclusions.

What is a debate?

A debate is a way to formalize a discussion. The debates can be organized or carried out spontaneously, but under some level of organization.

To carry out the debate, a place is chosen where the parties involved will meet, who must prepare to argue in the best way. Participants can use different resources to reinforce their ideas.

In this type of event, a conclusion must be reached (in agreement or disagreement) or that at least all the parties have made their points of view clear.

Discussion examples

  • Example 1:

Discussion in a scientific article.

“According to Krannert (1993), the distance a springtail can jump depends mainly on its habitat: species from ‘closed’ habitats jump shorter distances and those from ‘open’ habitats jump longer distances. According to this author, the ability to escape by jumping is of little importance in closed places because the individual immediately collides with the surrounding structures; therefore, these species have evolved smaller furculars whose muscles fatigue faster.

Our study presents the first data for species that inhabit the vegetation. These species jumped farther and more frequently before becoming fatigued because they live in open habitats and are more exposed to predators such as lizards, birds, and dragonflies. The slightest stimulus induces them to jump and they do so several times to escape the predator. The lack of significant differences between the two species that inhabit the vegetation suggests that they live in similar habitats and that they have similar predators ”.

  • Example 2:

Discussion of the article “King grass silage with different concentrations of urea for feeding bulls and vaconas in the mutile experimental station, Ecuador”.

“Table II shows the results corresponding to total consumption, average biweekly consumption and average consumption per day, by treatment. Treatment A had a total feed intake in dry matter of 898.51 kg, Treatment B of 1,368.71 kg, and Treatment C of 1,438.57 kg. Observing that Treatment C was the one that consumed the highest amount during the investigation.

Regarding the average consumption per day per treatment, the animals of treatment C had a higher consumption with respect to Treatments A and B. However, the low consumption of A stands out, when compared with B and C (p≤0.05), which is related to a greater palatability and conservation of the silage. It has been previously described that the addition of 1% urea in sugarcane silage contributes to maintaining the stability of the silo once exposed to post-fermentation aerobic conditions. The biweekly consumption per treatment is presented, with Treatment C the one that had the highest consumption with respect to Treatments A and B.

Table III shows the results related to the increase in height, Treatment A allowed an increase of 5 cm, Treatment B of 6.10 cm and Treatment C an increase in height at the withers of 5 cm. This without there being significant statistical differences between said values ​​(p <0.01). As regards the height of the animal, there is no contribution from the silage ”.

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