• Thursday February 5 2015, 7pm

    Royal Institution of Great Britain

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    June 2015 will see the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the ‘Great Charter’ which was signed by King John to resolve a political crisis he faced with his barons. Join us on 5th February 2015 as we host an evening dedicated to the history, the reinvention and the enduring significance of this historic document.

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  • Tuesday December 2 2014, 7pm

    Emmanuel Centre

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    Who are we? Why are we here? Are we alone in the universe? How did we become the creatures that we are? How might we further evolve? These are some of the big questions that Brian Cox and Alice Roberts will be tackling when they come to the Intelligence Squared stage in December.

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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.

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  • 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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  • 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

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    In this Intelligence Squared event staged in partnership with eBay, our panel of experts debated 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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  • Wednesday October 15 2014

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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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  • Monday September 29 2014

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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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  • Wednesday October 1 2014

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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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  • Wednesday October 8 2014

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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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  • The Intelligence Squared Membership

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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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Magna Carta: Myth and Meaning

Thursday February 5 2015, 7pm

Royal Institution of Great Britain

June 2015 will see the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the ‘Great Charter’ which was signed by King John to resolve a political crisis he faced with his barons. Join us on 5th February 2015 as we host an evening dedicated to the history, the reinvention and the enduring significance of this historic document.

More Information Buy Tickets
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Brian Cox in conversation with Alice Roberts

Tuesday December 2 2014, 7pm

Emmanuel Centre

Who are we? Why are we here? Are we alone in the universe? How did we become the creatures that we are? How might we further evolve? These are some of the big questions that Brian Cox and Alice Roberts will be tackling when they come to the Intelligence Squared stage in December.

More Information Buy Tickets
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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
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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?

More Information Buy Tickets
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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.

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“The High Street is dead, long live the High Street”

Tuesday October 28 2014

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In this Intelligence Squared event staged in partnership with eBay, our panel of experts debated 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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