• Thursday May 29 2014, 6.45pm

    Cadogan Hall

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    Putin isn't being expansionist: he just wants Ukraine to remain a non-aligned buffer zone between Russia and the West. So cut him some slack: we need more diplomacy and fewer threats of reprisals. That's the voice of the non-interventionists but haven't they been duped?

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  • Thursday September 25 2014, 7pm

    Royal Geographical Society

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    On September 25th Steven Pinker returns 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 will argue that bad writing can't be blamed on the internet, or on "the kids today".

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  • Wednesday October 8 2014, 7pm

    Royal Institution of Great Britain

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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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  • Sunday June 22 2014, 6.45pm

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    Shakespeare was the greatest literary genius England – or even the world – has produced. But his preeminence is rivalled by Milton whose admirers claim his political and philosophical engagement make him a man as much for our times as his own.

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  • May 1 - June 5

    Selfridges Department Store

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    We all love a beautiful view, work of art or building. But when it comes to personal beauty things get a little more complicated. Very few of us feel that we’re beautiful enough. However, whether you’re young, old, male or female, a parent, a conformist or a rebel, you’ll find your concerns addressed in this special series.

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  • Tuesday April 15 2014

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    Was Britain’s involvement in the First World War a vital crusade to prevent an oppressive German-dominated Europe? Or a mistake, fought at a catastrophic human cost, which brought Communism to power in Russia and left a festering sense of resentment that would fuel the rise of Nazism?

    Video Coming Soon: Britain Should Not Have Fought in the First World War
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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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  • Wednesday May 28 2014, 7pm

    Royal Geographical Society

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    On 28th May Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner come 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’ll show how their insights can be applied to our lives to help us make smarter decisions.

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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.

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    Intelligence Squared holds the most exciting, provocative and stylish debates in town. The sharpest wits, the best informed insiders, the people in the know – they all come to Intelligence Squared to square up over the issues that define our times. With the ‘Open to Debate’ membership card you can too.

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  • Thursday May 1 2014, 7pm

    Selfridges Department Store

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    Children born today are predicted to live till well over 100. Craggy older men like Harrison Ford and Sean Connery are still seen as heartthrobs, but the story is different for women. There’s a broad perception that female beauty and glamour have a sell-by date - but does that have to be the case?

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  • Thursday May 8 2014, 7pm

    Selfridges Department Store

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    Ugliness is superior to beauty because it lasts longer. So says design guru Stephen Bayley who will be examining every aspect of beauty and ugliness in this talk. Bayley will argue that the history of art shows that "beauty" has no constant values. So what exactly are we talking about when we talk about beauty?

    A History of Beauty and Ugliness
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The West Needs to Engage with Putin

Thursday May 29 2014, 6.45pm

Cadogan Hall

Putin isn't being expansionist: he just wants Ukraine to remain a non-aligned buffer zone between Russia and the West. So cut him some slack: we need more diplomacy and fewer threats of reprisals. That's the voice of the non-interventionists but haven't they been duped?

More Information Buy Tickets
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Steven Pinker on Good Writing with Ian McEwan

Thursday September 25 2014, 7pm

Royal Geographical Society

On September 25th Steven Pinker returns 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 will argue that bad writing can't be blamed on the internet, or on "the kids today".

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Napoleon the Great?

Wednesday October 8 2014, 7pm

Royal Institution of Great Britain

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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Shakespeare vs Milton

Shakespeare vs Milton

Sunday June 22 2014, 6.45pm

Venue to be confirmed

Shakespeare was the greatest literary genius England – or even the world – has produced. But his preeminence is rivalled by Milton whose admirers claim his political and philosophical engagement make him a man as much for our times as his own.

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How to Look Hot at 100

How to look hot at 100

Thursday May 1 2014, 7pm

Selfridges Department Store

Children born today are predicted to live till well over 100. Craggy older men like Harrison Ford and Sean Connery are still seen as heartthrobs, but the story is different for women. There’s a broad perception that female beauty and glamour have a sell-by date - but does that have to be the case?

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Vanity, Thy Name is Man

Vanity, thy Name is Man

Thursday May 15 2014, 7pm

Selfridges Department Store

Male vanity is nothing new. From codpieces in the Elizabethan age to the dandy at the end of the 19th century, through to punk safety pins and mohicans, men's grooming has its own rich history

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Thursday May 1 2014, 7pm
How to look hot at 100 More Information Buy Tickets
Thursday May 8 2014, 7pm
A History of Beauty and Ugliness by Stephen Bayley More Information Buy Tickets
Thursday May 15 2014, 7pm
Vanity, thy Name is Man More Information Buy Tickets
Thursday May 22 2014, 7pm
The Boom in Body Alteration More Information Buy Tickets
Wednesday May 28 2014, 7pm
How to Think Like a Freak More Information Sold Out
Thursday May 29 2014, 6.45pm
Stop Poking the Bear: The West Needs to Engage with Putin Not Castigate Him More Information Buy Tickets
Thursday May 29 2014, 7pm
Untangling the politics of black hair More Information Buy Tickets
Thursday June 5 2014, 7pm
The Pinkification of Young Girls More Information Buy Tickets
Sunday June 22 2014, 6.45pm
Shakespeare vs Milton More Information Buy Tickets
Thursday September 25 2014, 7pm
Steven Pinker on Good Writing More Information Buy Tickets
Wednesday October 8 2014, 7pm
Napoleon the Great? More Information Buy Tickets