I enjoy debates with people who are able to remain reasonable, not get defensive and enjoy the skill of critical thinking. If they resort to shouting, interrupting and personal attacks I would much prefer to go to the zoo and listen to the chimps scream at each other.
I think a good debate is healthy and mentally stimulating.
The parties that make up that debate is very important, need to be open minded and rational.Once emotions start running high logic goes out the window and I go out the door...Its time to leave.
I find certain topics a no go zone. I am selective in my choice of debates.
Yes - I don't mind a bit of controversy. I think a good debate can be really stimulating providing it doesn't get out of hand. I think discussion on differing viewpoints can be really healthy and certainly gives your brain a workout.