• Wednesday November 12 2014, 7pm

    Royal Geographical Society

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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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  • 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, 7pm

    Royal Institution of Great Britain

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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.

    Karen Armstrong on Religion and the History of Violence
  • Monday September 22 2014, 7pm

    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?

    Democracy: Even the Best Ideas Can Fail - Francis Fukuyama with David Runciman
  • 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?

    Napoleon the Great?
  • 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.

    Rembrandt vs Vermeer
  • Sunday June 22 2014

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    Shakespeare is widely held to be the greatest literary genius England – or even the world – has produced. But admirers of Milton claim that their man has been overlooked, and that his political and philosophical engagement make him a writer as much for our times as his own.

    Shakespeare vs Milton
  • Saturday August 9 2014

    Wilderness Festival

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    As Oscar Wilde so aptly wrote about marriage: “Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.” And the same goes for husbands. That at any rate, is how the serial dater and philanderer like to tell it. But is there any truth in their argument? Find out at our Wilderness Festival debate.

    Monogamy = Monotony
  • Wednesday May 28 2014

    VIDEO NOW ONLINE

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    On 28th May Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner came to Intelligence Squared to discuss their new book, 'Think Like a Freak'. By analysing the decisions we make, the plans we create and the morals we choose, they showed how their insights can be applied to our lives to help us make smarter decisions.

    How to Think Like a Freak: Learn how to make smarter decisions with the superstar authors of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics
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    Intelligence Squared has played host to luminaries such as President Jimmy Carter, Stephen Fry, Russell Brand, Desmond Tutu, Jaron Lanier, Eric Schmidt, Patti Smith, Jess Jackson, Werner Herzog, Q-Tip, Steven Pinker, Christopher Hitchens and countless others. Our events sell out, so become a member.

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  • The Intelligence Squared Podcast

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    To keep you informed, inspired and entertained throughout 2014 we will be running a new podcast every Friday. Showcasing the very best from our forthcoming debates, talks and discussions and our rich archive of past events, we guarantee you a stimulating listen.

    The Intelligence Squared Podcast
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We've Overdosed

Wednesday November 12 2014, 7pm

Royal Geographical Society

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?

More Information Buy Tickets
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
Karen Armstrong on Religion and the History of Violence

Karen Armstrong on Religion and the History of Violence

Wednesday October 1 2014, 7pm

Royal Institution of Great Britain

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.

More Information Buy Tickets
Democracy: Even the Best Ideas Can Fail - Francis Fukuyama with David Runciman

Francis Fukuyama with David Runciman

Monday September 22 2014, 7pm

Royal Institution of Great Britain

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?

More Information Buy Tickets
Napoleon the Great?

Napoleon the Great?

Wednesday October 8 2014, 7pm

Emmanuel Centre

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?

More Information Buy Tickets
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