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Big Debates Shanghai is for intellectually engaged people who enjoy debates, big debates. Sex, religion, war, politics, drugs, economics, science, power, freedom, morals and Donald Trump. Do you have an opinion on any of these topics? Do you have the charisma to express it in the live arena of ideas? Do you want to hear different perspectives from others on the big questions of life? See us in action on Youtube:


Big Debates is a battlefield of ideas that could crush your ideology in one intellectual bullet. Come along, fire the shots, take the hits, reflect, learn and laugh. Our aim is to facilitate meaningful and intelligent discussions. Whilst we are an ideas sharing platform, these ideas have no limits*. Controversial and provocative opinions are encouraged and challenged simultaneously. We are not a group of friends that sit in a circle, softly share ideas and hand out flowers. We are a random mix of evolving identities that challenge and push each other out of our comfort zones. All perspectives welcome. All nationalities welcome. All participation levels welcome (both front-line debaters and passive spectators). Advanced+ levels of English necessary. Anyone simply wanting to practise their English should go to Toastmasters. *Given the politics of our host nation, we refrain from criticising its governance. *All debates are moderated by impartial moderators. *Expert guest speakers during some events. *Each debate focuses on one key question.

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