• Thursday November 6 2014, 7pm

    Union Chapel

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    Former NASA roboticist Randall Munroe is the creator of the webcomic phenomenon XKCD, & author of the new book 'What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions'. He will be appearing on our stage on 6th November to answer the questions you probably never thought to ask.

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  • Tuesday October 28 2014, 7pm

    Kings Place

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    In this Intelligence Squared event staged in partnership with eBay, our panel of experts will debate how the most forward-looking businesses are using technology to marry the best of online and bricks-and-mortar to meet ever-changing consumer expectations.

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  • Tuesday October 28 2014

    Central London venue, tbc

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    Give your kids the edge with this 2-part debating programme for Year 5 and above from Intelligence Squared and Debate Mate. All teachers are world-class experienced debaters and we will be inviting a seasoned Intelligence Squared speaker to each course to deliver a guest lecture and to pass on their top tips.

    The Art of Debate: Learning to Speak Your Mind
  • Wednesday November 12 2014, 7pm

    Emmanuel Centre

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    There's a growing number who object to the widespread use of the ‘chemical cosh’ to treat people with mental difficulties. But psychiatrists and the pharma companies would argue that depression and ADHD are real conditions for which drugs work. Which side is right?

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  • Wednesday October 15 2014, 6.45pm

    Royal Geographical Society

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    Following the wild success of our previous cultural combat events – Verdi vs Wagner, Jane Austen vs Emily Bronte, Shakespeare vs Milton – Intelligence Squared now turns to the two greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age: Rembrandt and Vermeer.

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  • Thursday September 11 2014

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    Marina Abramović is the most celebrated performance artist in the world, who has pioneered performance as an art form and accumulated a devoted following that includes Jay-Z and Lady Gaga. Following her acclaimed exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, she comes to our stage to discuss her experience in London.

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  • Monday September 29 2014

    VIDEO COMING SOON

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    Money is sucking the life out of London. At least, that's the argument of those who worry that London is becoming too rich to be interesting, but is there any truth in it? Come to our event in partnership with the V&A.

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  • Monday November 17 2014, 7pm

    Royal Institution of Great Britain

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    To debate both the historical and present-day significance of this divide, Intelligence Squared brings together two acclaimed historians: Charles Spencer to defend the Roundhead cause, and Anna Whitelock to make the case for the Cavaliers.

    I'd Rather be a Roundhead than a Cavalier
  • Wednesday October 1 2014

    VIDEO COMING SOON

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    Countering the atheist claim that believers are by default violent fanatics and religion is the cause of all major wars, Karen Armstrong demonstrates that religious faith is not inherently violent.

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  • Monday September 22 2014

    Royal Institution of Great Britain

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    Is religion becoming the new politics? How will the technological revolution continue to impact our politics? And in the West are we in danger of becoming complacent about the challenges to democracy that we face?

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  • Wednesday October 8 2014, 7pm

    Emmanuel Centre

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    As the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo approaches in 2015, Intelligence Squared brings together two of Britain’s finest historians to debate how we should assess Napoleon’s life and legacy: a military genius and father of the French state, or a blundering nonentity who created his own enduring myth?

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  • Thursday September 25 2014

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    On September 25th Steven Pinker returned to the Intelligence Squared stage to discuss his latest publication 'The Sense of Style', a short and entertaining writing guide for the 21st century. Pinker argued that bad writing can't be blamed on the internet, or on "the kids today".

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Randall Munroe on Answering the Unanswerable

Thursday November 6 2014, 7pm

Union Chapel

Former NASA roboticist Randall Munroe is the creator of the webcomic phenomenon XKCD, & author of the new book 'What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions'. He will be appearing on our stage on 6th November to answer the questions you probably never thought to ask.

More Information Buy Tickets
The Art of Debate: Learning to Speak Your Mind

Debate like a World Champion: Two-day courses

Tuesday October 28 2014

Central London venue, tbc

Give your kids the edge with this 2-part debating programme for Year 5 and above from Intelligence Squared and Debate Mate. All teachers are world-class experienced debaters and we will be inviting a seasoned Intelligence Squared speaker to each course to deliver a guest lecture and to pass on their top tips.

More Information Buy Tickets
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We've Overdosed

Wednesday November 12 2014, 7pm

Emmanuel Centre

There's a growing number who object to the widespread use of the ‘chemical cosh’ to treat people with mental difficulties. But psychiatrists and the pharma companies would argue that depression and ADHD are real conditions for which drugs work. Which side is right?

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Rembrandt vs Vermeer

REMBRANDT vs VERMEER

Wednesday October 15 2014, 6.45pm

Royal Geographical Society

Following the wild success of our previous cultural combat events – Verdi vs Wagner, Jane Austen vs Emily Bronte, Shakespeare vs Milton – Intelligence Squared now turns to the two greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age: Rembrandt and Vermeer.

More Information Buy Tickets
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Is London too rich to be Interesting?

Monday September 29 2014

VIDEO COMING SOON

Money is sucking the life out of London. At least, that's the argument of those who worry that London is becoming too rich to be interesting, but is there any truth in it? Come to our event in partnership with the V&A.

More Information
I'd Rather be a Roundhead than a Cavalier

I'd Rather Be a Roundhead than a Cavalier

Monday November 17 2014, 7pm

Royal Institution of Great Britain

To debate both the historical and present-day significance of this divide, Intelligence Squared brings together two acclaimed historians: Charles Spencer to defend the Roundhead cause, and Anna Whitelock to make the case for the Cavaliers.

More Information Buy Tickets