Matej Cerman Paradigm

Last changed 11 February 2021 5:06 AM EDT

Hi! I come from a Karl Popper (obscure Central European format) and World Schools high school background. I'm currently in college, debating parliamentary. I prefer consistent, standardized judging over niche paradigms, but here are a couple of basic principles:

Harvard Tournament 2021 (Public Forum):

1) Warrants over evidence. Sure, research is great and evidence can make your argument stronger, but you need to explain the mechanisms behind your argument first. I will vote for a well-explained argument without evidence over a data dump anytime.

2) Weighing is important. Debaters tend to be smart people and motions tend to be controversial. This means that both teams are usually saying something that makes sense. This is why it is crucial to weigh. If you don't explain why your argument is more important than your opponents' points and they do, you will likely lose. If neither side weighs explicitly, you're relying on my intuition. This is unpredictable. I am moody. You'll likely dislike my call. Don't do this.

3) Be realistic with impacts. I won't vote off of cataclysmic, low-probability impacts like nuclear war unless you explain them really well. I think you're better off spending time on something else than showing that the resolution increases the risk of WW3 by one-millionth of a percent.

4) Please don't spread. I've never done fast-talking debate. I won't understand you. I won't be able to flow. I can't vote on arguments that I couldn't write down. You'll likely lose, and it won't be a great experience for any of us.

5) Please don't use theory unless you feel like it's absolutely necessary. Every second spent on theory is one less second left for a debate about the actual resolution. If you do end up reading theory, make sure to explain every concept thoroughly - it is likely that I don't know them by name.

6) Be civil.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Harvard College World Schools Invitational 2021 HS 2021-03-17 WSD Semifi Eton Armstrong & Battula & Chang & Robson USA Gold Prop Prop 3-2
Harvard College World Schools Invitational 2021 HS 2021-03-17 WSD Quarte Eton Armstrong & Battula & Chang & Robson BOW Lafferty & Paliwal & Zhang & Bansal & Gopal Prop Prop 5-0
Harvard College World Schools Invitational 2021 HS 2021-03-17 WSD Octofi USA Gold CroHou Kim & Ren & Tiwana & Zeng Prop Prop 3-0
Harvard College World Schools Invitational 2021 HS 2021-03-17 WSD Double NSDTea Soysal & Perin & Murray & Richards & Patel ExtEdu Zhang & Guo & Chen & Lin & Zhao Prop Prop 2-1
Harvard College World Schools Invitational 2021 HS 2021-03-17 WSD Full T FDTAca Perry & Deng & Guo & Wadiwala & Wu Polyte Lazzi & Zhang & Fernandez & Drum & Soatto Prop Prop 3-0
Harvard College World Schools Invitational 2021 HS 2021-03-17 WSD R6 Linked Ou Yang & Hu & Zhang IndEnt Chen & Deshpande & Ma Prop
Harvard College World Schools Invitational 2021 HS 2021-03-17 WSD R4 Indepe DeLorenzo & Li & Chen & Ling & Zhejiong VDAVan Han & You & Jiang & Jain Prop
Harvard College World Schools Invitational 2021 HS 2021-03-17 WSD R1 NotDam Vizzie & Barry & Razi & Sinclair ZIPZZK Cvetezar & Godbole & Gospodarič & Hrovatin & Skoberne Opp
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 NPF Finals Regis BK VDA - Vancouver LL Con Con 5-0
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 JVPF Double VDA - Vancouver HM SPEECHCRAFT SH GL Pro Pro 3-0
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 NPF Double Ivy Bridge YP BASIS Chandler CV Con Con 3-0
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 NPF Triple Wayland LS Berkeley Carroll BK Con Con 2-1
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 VPF R5 Bronx Science DG Palm Beach Independent AL Pro
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament MS 2021-02-12 MSPF R5 Phoenix Country Day CS American Debate League YP Pro
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 VPF R5 Westlake YS Thomas Jefferson HSST CP Pro
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 MSPF R4 Maccabee FY BCAcademy KC Con
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament MS 2021-02-12 MSPF R4 Del Mar Montessori SL BL CL Con
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 MSPF R2 Bergen County VB Golden State TT Con
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 MSPF R2 Ivy Bridge YN Speech and Debate India SS Pro
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 MSPF R1 Potomac JM Ivy Plus ZG Pro
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 MSPF R1 Potomac LT Golden State CL Pro
Harvard Round Robin HS 2021-02-11 PFRR R5 University PY Lakeville South GN Neg Neg 2-0
Harvard Round Robin HS 2021-02-11 PFRR R4 Montgomery Blair JQ Charlotte Latin IS Aff Aff 2-0
Harvard College World Schools Invitational HS 2020-03-06 WSD Quarte Toucan Lin & Roach & Yang & Yuan TeaCan Anzarouth & Rosen & Farrell & Li & Yan Opp Opp 3-0
Harvard College World Schools Invitational HS 2020-03-06 WSD R7 China He & Ren & Yip & Zhao ExtEdu Zhou & Gu & Wang Prop
Harvard College World Schools Invitational HS 2020-03-06 WSD R6 IvyPlu Liu & Ma & Xu NSDTea Tong & Heeger & Menon Opp
Harvard College World Schools Invitational HS 2020-03-06 WSD R5 ExtEdu Chang & Heydary & Zhang & Zhao VarBoy Horsthuis & Lasalle & Roach Opp
Harvard College World Schools Invitational HS 2020-03-06 WSD R3 LXL Li & Lin & Xu IvyPlu Pan & Wu & Li Prop
Harvard College World Schools Invitational HS 2020-03-06 WSD R2 NSDTea Irakam & Xu & Wang & Hu & Jhawar PPFU Emmanuel & Ttisa & Victor & Tekigerwa Prop
Harvard College World Schools Invitational HS 2020-03-06 WSD R1 TeaCan Anzarouth & Rosen & Farrell & Li & Yan BlaPin Li & Zheng & Liu Opp
Harvard Round Robin 2020 HS 2020-02-14 PFRR R4 Poly Prep Country Day LM Westlake LD Neg Neg 2-0
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 JVPF Quarte Ransom Everglades JJ Milton CW Pro Con 2-1
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 JVPF Octafi Boston Latin BW Regis GS Pro Pro 2-1
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2019-10-11 R5 Prince DA UCh‍/Welles SJ Gov
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2019-10-11 R4 BosUni WQ Brande MM Gov
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2019-10-11 R3 JohHop GM BosUni CY Opp
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2019-10-11 R2 Prince MT ULV AP Opp
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2019-10-11 R1 Bates GJ Prince CW Opp