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?
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
Saturday August 9 2014 | Wilderness Festival
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.
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".