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Intelligence Squared is the world’s leading forum for debate and intelligent discussion. Live and online we take you to the heart of the issues that matter, in the company of some of the world’s sharpest minds and most exciting orators. Join the debate at www.intelligencesquared.com and download our weekly podcasts every Tuesday and Friday.

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Intelligence Squared is the world’s leading forum for debate and intelligent discussion. Live and online we take you to the heart of the issues that matter, in the company of some of the world’s sharpest minds and most exciting orators. Join the debate at www.intelligencesquared.com and download our weekly podcasts every Tuesday and Friday.

    BJ Fogg on Redesigning Habits and Human Behaviour

    BJ Fogg on Redesigning Habits and Human Behaviour

    BJ Fogg is a pioneering research psychologist and founder of the iconic Behavior Design Lab at Stanford which has taught everyone from the founders of Instagram to the leading technology ethicist Tristan Harris. In this episode Fogg speaks to Carl Miller about his new book Tiny Habits, how he cracked the code of habit formation and the potential dangers of unleashing behaviour design on the world. 


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    • 48 min
    The Philosophy of Polar Exploration, with Erling Kagge and Razia Iqbal

    The Philosophy of Polar Exploration, with Erling Kagge and Razia Iqbal

    Erling Kagge, author of Philosophy for Polar Explorers, was the first man in history to reach all of the Earth's poles by foot – the North, the South, and the summit of Everest. In this interview with the BBC’s Razia Iqbal, he brings together the wisdom and expertise he has gained from the expeditions that have taken him to the limits of the earth and to the limits of human endurance.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 38 min
    There Is No Planet B, with Mike Berners-Lee and Matthew Taylor

    There Is No Planet B, with Mike Berners-Lee and Matthew Taylor

    In this episode we were joined by Mike Berners-Lee, the climate change expert and author of There Is No Planet B: A Handbook For The Make Or Break Years. He was interviewed by Matthew Taylor of the RSA in a discussion on the real, concrete steps that we can all take to reduce our contributions to climate change and the destruction of the planet. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 44 min
    Former UK Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson Discusses How He Beat Obesity, and the Long Road Ahead for Labour

    Former UK Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson Discusses How He Beat Obesity, and the Long Road Ahead for Labour

    In this episode we were joined by Tom Watson, the Deputy Leader of the UK Labour Party who only recently stood down at last year's general election. He is now the author of a new book Downsizing: How I Lost 8 Stone, Reversed My Diabetes and Regained My Health, and in this wide-ranging interview with Ros Urwin he talks about his successful battle against obesity and diabetes, what this might mean for the global obesity epidemic, and how Labour might become electable again.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 42 min
    The Wonders of Nanotechnology, with Sonia Contera and Tom Whipple

    The Wonders of Nanotechnology, with Sonia Contera and Tom Whipple

    In this episode we were joined by Sonia Contera, Professor of Biological Physics at the University of Oxford and the author of Nano Comes to Life: How Nanotechnology Is Transforming Medicine and the Future of Biology. In a wide-ranging conversation with Tom Whipple, the science editor at The Times, she explored the rapidly evolving nanotechnologies that are allowing us to manipulate the very building blocks of life, giving us radical control over our own biology.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 42 min
    Fighting Back Against Big Tech, with Rana Foroohar and Ros Urwin

    Fighting Back Against Big Tech, with Rana Foroohar and Ros Urwin

    In this episode we were joined by Rana Foroohar, FT global business columnist and author of Don't Be Evil: The Case Against Big Tech, alongside Ros Urwin of the Sunday Times. 


    According to Foroohar, Silicon Valley has lost its soul, and the tech behemoths like Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon are monetising both our data and our attention without us seeing a penny of those exorbitant profits. These companies have become rapacious monopolies with the power to corrupt our elections, co-opt all our data, and control the largest single chunk of corporate wealth — while evading all semblance of regulation and taxes. And in Foroohar's view, they must be held to account. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

Stungly ,

Madness of Crowds

I enjoyed the interview of Douglas Murray by Anne Mackelvoy. Not because of her interviewing ability but because she is so dumb. She asked inane questions which I assumed Intelligence Squared would be above. Douglas might as well have gone on Oprah! Maybe change the name of your podcast to sometimes intelligence squared if we don’t have a retarded host.

Food guy22 ,

Very good

I enjoy the podcast thoroughly

#puppypundit ,

Not “Squared” in any way

I came to this podcasts after it was referenced on another show. My understanding was that it provided moderated debates where different sides of issues would be given a fair hearing. I have listened to a couple of podcasts that were just that, but more often than not it is a typical one sided talking head show in which the “moderator” or host has on a guest with which they wholly or substantially agree. Presumably, this is because the opposing view is not “intelligent” enough to bother hearing.

Reading some of the reviews here reveals why this happens. If you have a guest on that challenges an accepted orthodoxy you will be vilified for “empowering evil” or some equally banal crap. If you really just want to preach to you own choir, stop masquerading as a debate forum.

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