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Celebrating Our 100th Debate

Celebrating Our 100th Debate

By John Donvan — February 09, 2015

OUR 100TH DEBATE: Reflecting on the past, debating the future.


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The Amazon Debate: Reader's Friend, Publisher's Nightmare?

The Amazon Debate: Reader's Friend, Publisher's Nightmare?

By John Donvan — January 15, 2015

I have a book coming out early next year – my first. It’s a history of autism, which I have been writing with a co-author. It’s been four years in the making already, during which two fantasies have played through my head, about the day the book arrives.


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Special Podcast: Retrospective on Freedom of Speech

Special Podcast: Retrospective on Freedom of Speech

By IQ2US Staff — January 13, 2015

With the world outraged by the attacks on satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, last week in Paris, we think back to our debate from 2006 on the motion: Freedom of Expression Must Include the License to Offend.


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Robert Rosenkranz Debate Opening Remarks

Remarks on Freedom of Speech

By Robert Rosenkranz, Chairman — January 08, 2015

Freedom of expression was a topic at the center of one of our earliest debates at Intelligence Squared U.S. At the time we presented the debate, in 2006, the motion seemed like an effortless win for the proposers, with more than 83% voting in favor of the motion. 


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Give Smarter Presents

Give Smarter Presents

By IQ2US Staff — December 16, 2014

Announcing the IQ2US Shop!


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Genetically Modified Food: Is it safe? Beneficial? Necessary?

Genetically Modified Food: Is it safe? Beneficial? Necessary?

By John Donvan — December 03, 2014

Do you eat? Then you have a stake in this debate.


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Assisted Suicide: Death with dignity, or life devalued?

Assisted Suicide: Death with dignity, or life devalued?

By John Donvan — November 10, 2014

A lot of times, our debate topics intersect with stories in the news, as covered by, say, The Economist, or Foreign Policy, or The New York Times. This week, however, it is People magazine that may give the best, and most visceral, preview of what we'll be debating on Thursday, when our motion will be: "Legalize Assisted Suicide."


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Income Inequality: Is Upward Mobility a Broken Dream?

Income Inequality: Is Upward Mobility a Broken Dream?

By John Donvan — October 22, 2014

One of the cool things about our debates at Intelligence Squared is that, mostly, we’re unscripted. Which means, at every debate, I’m just not sure who will say what to whom. That kind of chemistry is what gets worked out on stage, in front of everybody. And that is when we find out what our debaters are made of.


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Syria, Iraq, ISIS: How should we proceed?

Syria, Iraq, ISIS: How should we proceed?

By John Donvan — September 30, 2014

Choosing the lesser of two evils presumes you know which of the two evils really is less lousy.


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IQ2US Extension Debate: Stanford National Forensic Institute & Minerva Project

IQ2US Extension Debate: Stanford National Forensic Institute & Minerva Project

By Clea Chang — August 06, 2014

Tonight, four superbly qualified high school students from the Stanford National Forensic Institute, with support from Minerva Project, will continue an Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate presented in April 2014.
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