Ishan Bhatt ParadigmLast changed 10/19 1:06P CDT
Hello there! I’m Ishan.
Background: I did Lincoln-Douglas in high school + one year of world schools. In college, I did a year of policy, but I mostly think about limited prep events like British Parliamentary.
Affiliations: I debated for St. Andrew's Episcopal in Mississippi. I coach Greenhill.
Email chain: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make the subject line like: [Tournament Name] [Round #] [X (Aff) vs Y]
Paradigm: Be nice! This is by far the most important thing.
I care about argument quality a lot and I place a lot of value on explanation. I will only grant an argument as much weight as the warrant gives it. I also start with some presumption towards "reasonable" beliefs (everyone dying is undesirable, suffering is bad, etc), which means to win more "unreasonable" arguments, you need to do more work. Similarly, I am also a big fan of evidence. It's not a substitute for doing the debating yourself, but if you debate evidence well, I'll be very happy. I tend to give qualifications, warrant quality, highlighting, etc a lot of weight.
I really try to line things up on my flow. Number your arguments and avoid long overviews. Please go about 70% of your speed.
I have a lot of strong opinions about arguments, but the debate in front of me is generally more important. However, here are some opinions of mine that actually have a non-negligible effect on my judging:
1. Critical affirmatives should define and defend a significant departure from the status quo. I am good judge for presumption when this is not the case. I would like you to have a thought-out counter-interpretation to topicality - explain how the process of debating works under your counter-interpretation.
2. Permutations are better than counterplan theory. If the counterplan is a legitimate opportunity cost reflected in the topic literature, I’m quite likely to think its legitimate if the negative correctly executes.
3. The neg should say "condo -> judge kick" at some point if they want me to judge kick.