Why Do We Have Panel Discussions?

Jerry Brito, a friend of WaCK, ponders why we have panel discussions.  My Hansonian view is that it gives people a way to affiliate with people of higher status.  Sponsoring institutions balance panels with opposing views of an issue as a poor substitute for genuinely objectivity.  I do agree with Jerry; I would like to see more freewheeling discussions.  Ridding the conversation of planned talking points raises the level of discourse significantly, and listening to smart people reason on the fly is far more entertaining and informative.

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