I came across the following quote worth sharing.
Another activity I enjoyed was the debating class. We were taught how to develop a case even if it was the antithesis of our belief and how to sway others to our viewpoint. I had been given an important skill that would stand me in good stead for the rest of my life.
Source: Helen Caldicott: A Desperate Passion An Autobiography. W. W. Norton and Company, 1996 pp. 35-36
Considering the career path that Dr. Caldicott has pursued, I wonder if she has been using skills learned as a 15 year old student to build a case to sway people to a point of view that she doesn’t even believe herself.