• Wednesday 12 November 2014, 6.30pm

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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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  • 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.

    I'd Rather be a Roundhead than a Cavalier
  • Royal Institution of Great Britain

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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.

    Karen Armstrong on Religion and the History of Violence
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    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?

    Democracy: Even the Best Ideas Can Fail - Francis Fukuyama with David Runciman
  • Emmanuel Centre

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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?

    Napoleon the Great?
  • Wednesday 15 October 2014, 6pm

    Royal Geographical Society

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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.

    Rembrandt vs Vermeer
  • Thursday 25 September 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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  • 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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  • 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.

    The Intelligence Squared Podcast
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We've Overdosed

Wednesday 12 November 2014, 6.30pm

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
I'd Rather be a Roundhead than a Cavalier

I'd Rather Be a Roundhead than a Cavalier

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
Karen Armstrong on Religion and the History of Violence

Karen Armstrong on Religion and the History of Violence

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.

More Information Sold Out
Democracy: Even the Best Ideas Can Fail - Francis Fukuyama with David Runciman

Francis Fukuyama with David Runciman

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?

More Information Buy Tickets
Napoleon the Great?

Napoleon the Great?

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?

More Information Buy Tickets
Rembrandt vs Vermeer

REMBRANDT vs VERMEER

Wednesday 15 October 2014, 6pm

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.

More Information Buy Tickets

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Thursday 25 September 2014, 7pm
Steven Pinker on Good Writing More Information Sold Out
Wednesday 15 October 2014, 6pm
Rembrandt vs Vermeer More Information Buy Tickets
Wednesday 12 November 2014, 6.30pm
We’ve overdosed. Psychiatrists and the pharmaceutical industry are to blame for the current ‘epidemic’ of mental disorders More Information
Friday 2 October 2015, 7pm
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Wednesday 21 September 2016, 2.37pm
Digital Summit (new) More Information