There is more to arguing than simply changing someone else's opinion. Having said that, I've changed my opinion after a debate with someone. So it is possible to change someone's mind.
I see your point. you and I dont often agree, and i know the frustration. i let myself get baited into political situations at times- by people who dont want to be open. anyway, merry christmas
Ooh well, good point! Sometimes it's good to let off steam though, and when the dust settles whatever is said can make an impression - that goes for me too. Maybe there's a better way though than arguing
I'd rather get my opinions out there than let someone think everyone agrees with them or that their opinion is the only one standing. I disagree and debate with people because it typically brings an intellectual conversation. If I can assume it won't be an informing conversation, I'll avoid it.
I don't think the difference is all that big considering the lines can easily be blurred and quickly escalate to a negative argument, especially if the conversation topic is one with passion. It's easy for people to misunderstand the beginnings of an argument vs those of a debate in my experience.
I can't remember... I don't have a good memory
I'm not looking to change anyone's mind; if I touch someone's heart, or if I light a fire inside their own soul, I consider that a good thing. I don't think I have the power to change anyone into something he or she is not.