Informative Speech Topic. Skepticism?

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Informative Speech Topic. Skepticism?

Post by billypalmer » Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:58 pm

Okay, so at my university, I have to fulfill a speech requirement class, and our first speech topic is coming up, and I wanted to do something with skepticism. Maybe atheism, maybe abiogenesis, maybe evolution, I just don't know. The catch is, it HAS to be informational, I can't persuade, and I do not know how to write a speech on atheism, or even skepticism in general without being persuasive. Any help with topic ideas? Thanks!

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Re: Informative Speech Topic. Skepticism?

Post by xouper » Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:53 pm

billypalmer wrote:... The catch is, it HAS to be informational, I can't persuade,

Am I understanding correctly that your speech is not allowed to argue for any particular point of view, but rather is merely to inform the audience with facts?

If so, then I would be tempted to avoid (inflammatory) topics that might invoke the professor's biases, because if the prof gets the impression -- even mistakenly -- that you are making an argument in addition to your presentation of facts, you may risk losing points in your grade.

I could be misunderstanding your question, however, so if what I said doesn't make any sense to you then I recommend ignoring it. :)

P.S. Perhaps I should add that I am currently a full-time graduate student who has gotten top marks for my presentations.

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Re: Informative Speech Topic. Skepticism?

Post by KnaveOfHearts » Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:25 pm

I believe what you have to do it take a topic and then merely point out both sides of the argument. If this is truly the case and you do have problems not persuading, I would suggest picking a topic not important to you and defiantly not a skeptic topic.

If this class is like any I had taken you will get your chance to persuade. Just play it safe this time around and feel the professor/TA out.
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