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A.C. Grayling (from left), Matthew Chapman, Rabbi David Wolpe and Dinesh D'Souza faced off on the motion "The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion." Samuel LaHoz hide caption

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Would The World Be Better Off Without Religion?

A rabbi, a descendant of Charles Darwin, a philosopher and a scholar face off over religion in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

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Experts face off during an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate Oct. 25 on the motion "Congress Should Pass Obama's Jobs Plan — Piece By Piece."

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PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel argues for the motion "Too Many Kids Go To College" in an Oct. 12 Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

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Howard Dean argues against the motion "Grandma's Benefits Imperil Junior's Future" during an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate on Oct. 4.

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Christina Hoff Sommers and David Zinczenko argued against the motion that "Men Are Finished" in an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate on Sept. 20. Bryan Archbold hide caption

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Richard Falkenrath (left) and Michael Hayden argue against the motion "It's Time to End the War on Terror" in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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Alan Dershowitz (left) and David Sanger argued against the motion "Freedom of the Press Does Not Extend to State Secrets." Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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Moderator John Donvan addresses the four experts taking on the motion "Don't Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses" in an Oxford-style debate May 3 at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Seated are (from left) Kris Kobach, Tom Tancredo, Julian Castro and Tamar Jacoby. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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Elliott Abrams and Eliot Cohen argued against the motion "It's Time To Clip America's Global Wings" during an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on April 5. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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Two teams of experts face off over clean energy at an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate on March 8 at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. From left: Bill Ritter, Kassia Yanosek, moderator John Donvan, Robert Bryce and Steven Hayward. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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David Brooks (left) and Arianna Huffington argued in favor of the motion that the two-party system is making America ungovernable. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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Jonathan Cohn (left) and Paul Starr argued against the motion "Repeal Obamacare" during an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate on Jan. 11 at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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Should The Obama Health Care Law Be Repealed?

As Republicans now in control of the House move to repeal the new health care law, a team of experts takes on the question in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

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Moderator John Donvan addresses the team arguing against the motion "U.S. Airports Should Use Racial and Religious Profiling" in an Oxford-style debate on Nov. 22 at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Seated are (from left) Hassan Abbas, Debra Burlingame and Michael Chertoff. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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Matthew Hoh (left) and Nir Rosen participate in an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate about Afghanistan, moderated by John Donvan (standing), at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 10. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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John Donvan (center) of ABC News moderated the Intelligence Squared U.S. debate "Big Government is Stifling the American Spirit." Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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Is Big Government Stifling The American Spirit?

On Oct. 26, a team of experts argued the issue "Big Government is Stifling the American Spirit" during the Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

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