Battle of Ideas

“A scholar is that man who must take up into himself all the ability of the time, all the contributions of the past, all the hopes of the future. He must be an university of knowledges.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Battle of Ideas held on October 30th and 31st 2010 “will be a two-day festival of high-level, thought-provoking debate organised by the Institute of Ideas and hosted by the Royal College of Art.”

Green Future editor in chief, Martin Wright says the Battle of Ideas Festival is “full of stimulating and lively argument” where attendees can “clash robustly in a good-humoured atmosphere.”

The festival “comprises 75 debates and satellite discussions confronting society’s big issues and unresolved questions. The Battle of Ideas aims to be the 21st century equivalent of Emerson’s ‘university of knowledges.’”  The festival expects their attendees  “to be free thinkers with verve, passion and idealism, embodying a spirit of irreverent scepticism where  safe consensus is rejected.”

The motto for the Battle of Ideas?   Free Speech Allowed! See their collection of Battles on Video.

As the site says: “Let battle commence!”

[Editor’s Note: This article was written by the CTL’s Laurie Hansen.]

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