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Debates: This House Believes that Advertising is Harmful

Advertising has grown to be an industry worth many billions of dollars across the world. Online advertising alone is believed to be worth $24 billion a year. Almost all public space has some advertisements in sight and all forms of media, from newspapers to the cinema, are also filled with adverts. Whilst this helps companies sell their products, and helps consumers to learn what is on offer, many believe that this huge amount of advertising can be harmful. It may make people want too much, or things that they cannot have, or it might make them feel inadequate when they don't have something. Is it really that bad? Let's discuss.

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Parliamentary Debates: This House Believes That Development of AI is More Dangerous Than Beneficial

Artificial Intelligence are growing at an alarming rate. Computers get twice as smart every 18 months whereas humans still remain the same in terms of intelligence. Its only a matter of time before computers surpass humans. Humans won't stop until computers are able to do everything for them and make life easier. Little do they know, they are just making computers smarter than themselves... Do you agree? Come and make your point in the parliamentary debate tonight!

Note: if you wish to actively participate in the debate rather than just watch, please don't be late. 

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Debates: This House Would Ban Smartphones

Smartphones are a great invention our ancestors could not even dream of: know the answer to a question instantly, talk to a friend from a thousand miles away, get a picture of that friend, carry a million books in your pocket, play a videogame in a queue... However, it turns out that smartphones can just as well do more harm that good, from disturbing our social life to endangering our children crossing the road. Should smartphones be banned for good? Let us debate.

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Debates: This House would teach talented students separately from their peers

Some students are undeniably gifted and have talents others don't. Should we set up a stimulating environment for them to make the most of their abilities, or should we treat all students equally?

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This House would ban the sale of surveillance technology to non-democratic countries

The sophistication of modern surveillance technology has increased by leaps and bounds in the 21st century. Governments have unprecedented power to watch their citizens, to see almost every aspect of their private and public lives. By use of CCTV, internet censorship and infiltration, wire-taps, and a multitude of other systems, governments have enormous power to control the populace. 

Should democracies refuse to sell technology that could be used for ill to regimes abroad, or does it have more to gain from treating them as equally valid governments?

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Debates: This House Believes in Basic Income

Basic income is the form of social security where every citizen irrespective of their income, age, physical abilities, family status, and other factors normally taken into account in social security regularly receives a fixed amount of money from the government. It is now being tested in some countries like Finland and Canada. Will such a system benefit the society?

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Debate Buffet: Random topics

In this Debate Buffet, newly formed teams will get random topics and 15 minutes to prepare for an American-style game of debates.

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Presentation: American style parliamentary debates

Until now, Speak Freely has been using the British format of parliamentary debates: 4 teams with six constructive speeches and two analysis speeches. In March, a debating championship will take place that is going to use a different debating format, with 2 teams, four constructive speeches and two analysis speeches with a very different timing pattern. Learn more about this format from my presentation, and let's practice debating.

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Debates: This House Would Ban Alcohol

According to the WHO, in 2004 there were approximately 2.25 million premature deaths worldwide linked to alcohol. Alcohol is responsible for 4.5% of the global disease burden, even after the protective effects of low and moderate alcohol consumption had been considered. Furthermore, binge drinking is becoming an increasing problem in most countries.

Is it time to try to solve the alcohol problem through more restrictions and campaigns or is it time for a ban policy?

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Presentation/Training: What Does the Whip Say?

OK, so I'm a whip, that sounds good, but what do I do? Before the debate, keep calm and do nothing, during the debate, scribble like hell? And just repeat whatever my side says? Not really. Today, we're going to look at the whip's role and see the debate from an angle you've never looked from before, which will help you be much better at debating whatever your role turns out to be. Ready?