• Monday 31 October 2016, 7pm

    Royal Institution of Great Britain

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    The ethical and environmental arguments can make it difficult to justify eating animal products. But do we want to live in a world where there is no beef Wellington or cheese soufflé? Join us on 31st October and hear the arguments from AA Gill and George Monbiot.

    Let Them Eat Meat
  • Saturday 5 November 2016, 11am

    Royal Geographical Society

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    Join us for the Intelligence Squared Festival 2016, a one-day deep dive into the world’s most thrilling ideas and technologies, featuring pioneers from all over the world exploring what’s happening right now across a raft of areas.

    Intelligence Squared Festival 2016
  • Thursday 20 October 2016, 7pm

    Royal Institution of Great Britain

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    Does publicising terrorism play into the hands of the perpetrators or does it help keep us on the alert against further attacks? Join the debate on October 20th, and hear the arguments of renowned counter-terrorism expert Shiraz Maher and one of the UK's leading commentators Simon Jenkins.

    Don't give them what they want: Terrorists should be starved of the oxygen of publicity
  • Wednesday 5 October 2016, 7pm

    Royal Institution of Great Britain

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    On October 5th, the Pulitzer prize-winning author, cancer physician and stem-cell researcher Siddhartha Mukherjee will come to the Intelligence Squared stage to probe the scientific possibilities and moral challenges of recent breakthroughs in the field of genetics.

    The Gene: Unlocking the Human Code
  • Monday 14 November 2016, 6.45pm

    Emmanuel Centre

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    Which Brexit is it, ‘hard’ or ‘soft’? Which should be given priority, the power to control our borders with Europe or to keep our markets open to it? That’s the big question that will be fought over on November 14th, by our illustrious panel of pundits and by you the audience.

    No Backsliding on Brexit
  • Monday 21 November 2016, 7pm

    Emmanuel Centre

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    Join us on November 21st as Jonathan Haidt and Nick Clegg discuss how the West’s longstanding liberal institutions and traditions can be updated for the 21st century, and what kind of future lies ahead for post-Brexit Britain.

    Politics and the Rise of Populism
  • Monday 10 October 2016, 7pm

    Emmanuel Centre

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    A month ahead of election day in the most vitriolic and unpredictable presidential race in recent US history, PJ O’Rourke, America’s leading political satirist, comes to our stage to assess Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and to make sense — and fun — of the eruption shaking up US politics

    PJ O’Rourke on the US Presidential Clash
  • Tuesday 29 November 2016, 7pm

    Emmanuel Centre

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    Following the wild popularity of our previous cultural combat events – Greece vs Rome, Jane Austen vs Emily Brontë, Shakespeare vs Milton, Vermeer vs Rembrandt, and Verdi vs Wagner – Intelligence Squared now turns to the two giants of spy fiction. Which of them should wear the laurels?

    Ian Fleming vs John le Carré
  • Monday 17 October 2016, 4pm

    Charlotte Street Hotel

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    Our team of experts at Debate Mate will help you to develop your speaking skills and craft a cogent argument. In small interactive group sessions, you’ll improve your powers to think quickly under pressure, and respond to challenges with resilience and poise.

    Public-speaking Course
  • Monday 5 September 2016, 7pm

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    Renowned historian Yuval Noah Harari shot to fame with his bestseller 'Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind', in which he charted how humans rose to be the planet’s dominant species. In this exclusive appearance, he argued that what made us homo sapiens is now set to make us gods.

    Yuval Noah Harari on the Rise of Homo Deus
  • Thursday 14 July 2016, 7pm

    VIDEO & PODCAST NOW ONLINE

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    On July 14th we gathered of some of the world’s most original and incisive minds as they celebrate the man who has probably done more than any other person alive to illuminate how we think about ourselves and the world around us.

    Richard Dawkins: The Rational Revolutionary
  • Monday 23 May 2016, 7pm

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    In this major debate, to make the case for remaining in the EU we hosted former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, who has long supported further European integration. Against him was Gisela Stuart, the Labour MP and chair of Vote Leave, who argued that Brexit is the progressive choice.

    The Great Intelligence Squared Brexit Debate
Let Them Eat Meat

Let Them Eat Meat

Monday 31 October 2016, 7pm

Royal Institution of Great Britain

The ethical and environmental arguments can make it difficult to justify eating animal products. But do we want to live in a world where there is no beef Wellington or cheese soufflé? Join us on 31st October and hear the arguments from AA Gill and George Monbiot.

More Information Buy Tickets
Intelligence Squared Festival 2016

Intelligence Squared Festival 2016

Saturday 5 November 2016, 11am

Royal Geographical Society

Join us for the Intelligence Squared Festival 2016, a one-day deep dive into the world’s most thrilling ideas and technologies, featuring pioneers from all over the world exploring what’s happening right now across a raft of areas.

More Information Buy Tickets
Don't give them what they want: Terrorists should be starved of the oxygen of publicity

Terrorists should be starved of the oxygen of publicity

Thursday 20 October 2016, 7pm

Royal Institution of Great Britain

Does publicising terrorism play into the hands of the perpetrators or does it help keep us on the alert against further attacks? Join the debate on October 20th, and hear the arguments of renowned counter-terrorism expert Shiraz Maher and one of the UK's leading commentators Simon Jenkins.

More Information Buy Tickets
The Gene: Unlocking the Human Code

The Gene: Unlocking the Human Code

Wednesday 5 October 2016, 7pm

Royal Institution of Great Britain

On October 5th, the Pulitzer prize-winning author, cancer physician and stem-cell researcher Siddhartha Mukherjee will come to the Intelligence Squared stage to probe the scientific possibilities and moral challenges of recent breakthroughs in the field of genetics.

More Information Buy Tickets
No Backsliding on Brexit

No Backsliding On Brexit

Monday 14 November 2016, 6.45pm

Emmanuel Centre

Which Brexit is it, ‘hard’ or ‘soft’? Which should be given priority, the power to control our borders with Europe or to keep our markets open to it? That’s the big question that will be fought over on November 14th, by our illustrious panel of pundits and by you the audience.

More Information Buy Tickets
Politics and the Rise of Populism

Politics and the Rise of Populism

Monday 21 November 2016, 7pm

Emmanuel Centre

Join us on November 21st as Jonathan Haidt and Nick Clegg discuss how the West’s longstanding liberal institutions and traditions can be updated for the 21st century, and what kind of future lies ahead for post-Brexit Britain.

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