June 2018 – artificial intelligence

On Monday, 4th June, the Sylvans debated the resolution that ‘This House believes that humanity should fear advances in artificial intelligence.’ It was proposed by Rodrigo Aguilera and opposed by Prospero DaGama. We heard the potential impact of AI, ranging from super-intelligent AI destroying the world to its economic costs and benefits, while exploring human fear […]

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May 2018 – social media and democracy

On Monday, 14th May, the Sylvans debated the resolution that ‘This House believes that the rise of social media has been bad for democracy.’    It was proposed by Daniel Viray and opposed by Richard Johnson. There were a number of threads to the debate, in particular the role of social media in the spread of […]

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April 2018 – #metoo

On Monday, 9th April, the Sylvans debated the resolution that ‘This House believes that the #metoo campaign is largely unnecessary.’ It was proposed by Paul Carroll and opposed by Elaine McLean. There were a number of passionate and personal contributions from the main and floor speakers alike.  A large consensus clearly condemned the abuse faced […]

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March 2018 – NHS funding

On Monday 5th February, the Sylvans debated the motion ‘This House is of the opinion that there should be a new, ring-fenced tax specifically to fund the NHS and social care.’   The debate was proposed by Ina Negoita and opposed by Lissi Corfield.  It was an excellent Sylvan debate, with all aspects of the topic […]

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February 2018 – controversial mon-uments

On 5th February 2018, the Sylvans debated the resolution that This House believes that monuments to controversial historical figures should remain. The debate was proposed by Amarjeet Johal and opposed by Ross Hunter.  In a close vote the motion passed.

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