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Thu 9 AM | Replacement program : Munk Debate on Progress

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Munk Debate - Progress

The debate on progress features British author, journalist Matt Ridley; best-selling author and New Yorker contributor Malcolm Gladwell debating Harvard professor and one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” Steven Pinker and philosopher, writer and founder of the London-based school called The School of Life, Alain de Botton.

Pinker and Ridley argue that humanity reached a turning point in the 20th century with more people living longer healthier lives, eating more, earning more, learning more – especially women.

Gladwell and de Botton counter that it is naïve to think we have escaped the inevitable crises that still threaten our survival as a species. They argue that we have barely begun to deal with the greatest collective threat we have ever faced – global warming.

Established in 2008, the Munk Debates brings together acclaimed thinkers around the world to tackle the big questions of our time. Since its launch, the Munk Debates have become the world’s leading debate series focusing on civil and substantive public conversation.

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