Hemanth Bharatha Chakravarthy Paradigm

Last changed 16 February 2019 8:55 AM EDT

How I Judge

I am receptive to most kinds of arguments, but this post captures my judging philosophy well: http://trolleyproblem.blogspot.in/2012/11/what-does-good-judge-believe.html. tl;dr: I like hearing novel and interesting arguments, but I have "a defeasible presumption in favour of a moderate liberal position on most ethical issues... By "defeasible", I mean that the presumption could in principle be overcome by a persuasive argument, [and if so, I will listen to such] arguments with an open mind." I love weighing, and I don't think your argument being dropped (however coldly so) constitutes a winning weight.

My speaks reflect the quality of warranting and impacting-weighing. But, just saying "scope, clarity, and probability" isn't enough. Spend time on weighing and do interesting weighing on actor or scope or principle or whatever else. I don't care for rhetoric or style.

I also hold the belief that human extinction is unlikely.

Warranting vs Evidence

I always prefer better-explained mechanisms and logical warrants over evidence. I care about evidence only when a claim isn't intuitive to believe just based on warrants. Do use evidence to make counter-intuitive warrants/claims stronger but don't use it when it doesn't contribute to the believability or power of your logic.

Choose your evidence well: suss sources are just that—suss.

Engagement

Line-by-line is good but so is contention by contention; I'm quite friendly to broader responses as long as they're good responses. I don't mind if you're not too exact on the flow, will assemble clashes myself if I have to, and am happy to cross-apply warrants/weights.

Theory

I do not look favourably on most Ks. I will listen to theory but I'll only care if it was relevant to the round itself and the framing/conceptualization of it.

Speed

Don't spread but speed is alright.

+1 Speaks

If you pronounce my full name (Hemanth Bharatha Chakravarthy) right in the first try, I'll bump you up by 1 point. Alternatively, if you cite evidence about something that happened in the Tamil community in India, I'll give you +1.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
International Debates at the Harvard College Debating Union HS 2021-05-29 WSD Finals Team Philippines Team Canada Opp Opp 3-2
International Debates at the Harvard College Debating Union HS 2021-05-29 WSD R5 Team Pakistan Team Netherlands Prop Prop 3-0
Harvard College World Schools Invitational HS 2020-03-06 WSD Quarte NSDTea Irakam & Xu & Wang & Hu & Jhawar IvyPlu Liu & Ma & Xu Opp Opp 3-0
Harvard College World Schools Invitational HS 2020-03-06 WSD R7 Canada Zhou & Wu & Zhang NSDTea Adams & Murray & Richards Prop
Harvard College World Schools Invitational HS 2020-03-06 WSD R5 WesPoi Dawood & Jasny & Agarwal & Gao FDT Wu & Liu & Zhang & Oh & Xu Opp
Harvard College World Schools Invitational HS 2020-03-06 WSD R3 TeaCan Lee & Cape & Lei & Pozios & Waxman Toucan Lin & Roach & Yang & Yuan Opp
Harvard College World Schools Invitational HS 2020-03-06 WSD R2 PetBoy Khuleya & Kunaka & Lintini & Matsika & Uriri Blake Mathews & Arora & Arora Opp
Harvard College World Schools Invitational HS 2020-03-06 WSD R1 ExtEdu Wang & Long & Bhusham WesPoi Huang & Lin & Wang Prop
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2019-10-11 R5 Hamilt MW NYU LC Gov
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2019-10-11 R4 Yale CS Bates GJ Gov
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2019-10-11 R3 BroDeb MS Rutger MuMi Gov
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2019-10-11 R2 Columb GG Yale TY Opp
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2019-10-11 R1 Tufts DV Columb/Americ AV Gov
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament MS 2019-02-16 JVPF Finals BL TC Summit FQ Con Pro 4-3
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament MS 2019-02-16 JVPF IPFQ BL HL BL FZ Con Con 3-0
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 JVPF Triple Roslyn FF Great Neck South - Unaffiliated HC Pro Con 2-1
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 JVPF R6 Horace Mann MG Newton South LK Pro
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 JVPF R6 Dipont Education Management LZ Horace Mann KG Con
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament MS 2019-02-16 JVPF R5 Dalton FM BL CL Con
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 JVPF R5 Chaminade FC Capitol MC Con
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 JVPF R3 Trinity CB Charlotte Catholic WC Pro
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 JVPF R3 Lake Mary RS NHSDLC National HS Debate League of China YW Con
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 JVPF R2 William T Dwyer TM Great Neck South - Unaffiliated CG Pro
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 JVPF R2 Phoenix Country Day MK Walt Whitman KE Pro
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 JVPF R1 Beacon CL Acton-Boxborough ZD Pro
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 JVPF R1 Dipont Education Management GL BL HL Con
Harvard Round Robin HS 2019-02-14 PF RR R6 Lake Highland Prep OK Blake WS Aff Aff 2-0
Harvard Round Robin HS 2019-02-14 PF RR R4 Poly Prep Country Day FK Hunter KB Aff Aff 2-0
Harvard Round Robin HS 2019-02-14 PF RR R3 Blake GJ Lake Mary Prep HM Aff
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2018-10-06 R5 Bingha/Stanfo BY Smith OS Gov
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2018-10-06 R4 Prince JT Welles RZ Opp
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2018-10-06 R3 Prince BD Yale GW Opp
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2018-10-06 R2 BroQui GM Americ/Rutger SB Gov