Intelligence Squared Debates

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Intelligence Squared debates is series of televised debates in which extremely intelligent people debate popular topics. The motto for the series of debates is "Think Twice," calling upon viewers to reexamine their beliefs about certain topics. Typically about ten to twelve of these debates occur each year between experts in the field. The debates are aired on both of television and radio. The list of debate panelists from the past includes Arianna Huffington, Karl Rove and David Brooks. The debates are done in the Oxford style which means that the debate is defined by one person making a sharp framed motion that is opposed by the other side. The winner is typically decided by an audience vote. This style features an opening statement, questions from the audience, and a final closing statement.

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The GOP: Seize the Center or Die?
6. The GOP: Seize the Center or Die?
 
What is the future for the GOP?
Should Genetically Engineered Babies Be Prohibited?
5. Should Genetically Engineered Babies Be Prohibited?
 
Should Genetically Engineered Babies Be Prohibited?
Should College Football Be Banned?
4. Should College Football Be Banned?
 
A debate on whether or not college football should be banned.
Does Science Refute God
3. Does Science Refute God
 
Can science and religion truly coexist?
Should Drugs Be Legalized?
2. Should Drugs Be Legalized?
 
The great drug debate. To legalize, or not to legalize?
Are Elected Islamists Better Than Dictators?
1. Are Elected Islamists Better Than Dictators?
 
Watch the arguments about the results of Arab democracy.
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Intelligence Squared debates is series of televised debates in which extremely intelligent people debate popular topics. The motto for the series of debates is "Think Twice," calling upon viewers to reexamine their beliefs about certain topics. Typically about ten to twelve of these debates occur each year between experts in the field. The debates are aired on both of television and radio. The list of debate panelists from the past includes Arianna Huffington, Karl Rove and David Brooks. The debates are done in the Oxford style which means that the debate is defined by one person making a sharp framed motion that is opposed by the other side. The winner is typically decided by an audience vote. This style features an opening statement, questions from the audience, and a final closing statement.