Tuesday April 15 2014, 6.45pm | Royal Geographical Society
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?
Tuesday March 11 2014, 6.45pm | Cadogan Hall
One man, one vote, the rule of law, equality and a free press. Fine principles, but is democracy always the best form of government? Look at Yugoslavia, or the bloody legacy of the effort to bring democracy to Iraq and Afghanistan. Where there are deep ethnic divisions democracy can lead to violent outcomes.
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.
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".
Monday March 31 2014, 6.30pm | Royal Institution of Great Britain
In this next Intelligence Squared event in partnership with Shell we bring together an expert panel to discuss the the interdependent relationships between food, water, energy and climate. How we can avoid food riots, water wars and energy crises when the world’s population hits 9 billion in 2050?
Wednesday May 28 2014, 7pm | Royal Geographical Society
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.
Thursday March 27 2014, 7pm | Royal Institution
How much blame for the current troubles in the Middle East lies with the decisions made by the West in 1919 - when the Ottoman Empire was carved up arbitrarily into the modern states we know today?