Future Events

Digital Summit sessions

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Digital Summit sessions
Intelligence Squared - Deep Dive Into

Keep ’em off the streets and behind bars: tough prison sentences mean a safer society

Tuesday 10 February 2015, 7pm | Royal Geographical Society


Keep ’em off the streets and behind bars: tough prison sentences mean a safer society
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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?
I'd Rather be a Roundhead than a Cavalier

I'd Rather Be a Roundhead than a Cavalier

Wednesday 25 October 2017, 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.
Karen Armstrong on Religion and the History of Violence

Karen Armstrong on Religion and the History of Violence

Saturday 12 December 2020, 2.20pm | 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.
Democracy: Even the Best Ideas Can Fail - Francis Fukuyama with David Runciman

Francis Fukuyama with David Runciman

Wednesday 30 November 2016, 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?
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?
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.
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Steven Pinker on Good Writing with Ian McEwan

Thursday 25 September 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".