Bmj Usa: Editor's Choice

The joy of debate

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 19 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:E80

This article originally appeared in BMJ USA

The French philosopher Joseph Joubert (1754–1824) said that “It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.” Debate is a core component of the culture at the BMJ, where we encourage the expression of opposing views in our internal discussions, in the pages of our journals, and on our web site. By embracing debate, we sharpen our arguments, we improve our decision-making, we enfranchise minority opinions, and we enliven …

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