1. Words and photos from our debate on fracking!


    November 27, 2013 by Adam Smith

    Last night the Rational Parliament sat to debate fracking for shale gas in the UK. In total, 82 joined in with the debate, with others taking part from outside the chamber via Twitter. There was a great range of perspectives, experiences and viewpoints, including those of several researchers whose work covers different aspects of fracking.

  2. GM debate video now live!

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    November 22, 2013 by Adam Smith

    The abridged video of our first sitting, at which we debated GM food, is now online!

  3. Scientists on Question Time? Boring!


    November 18, 2013 by Adam Smith

    The thousands of people who’ve signed a petition asking BBC producers to use more scientists on Question Time are barking up the wrong tree.

    I don’t doubt for a second that the petitioners have good intentions. I don’t doubt they believe that political debate can be improved if relevant scientists and researchers are present—I believe that too. But the campaign, led by the incisive blogger Martin Robbins, is missing the point if it thinks that QT would be improved by the presence of a scientist. Even to argue for “proper representation” of scientists on QT is a bit wacky.

  4. Video trailer for the Rational Parliament now live

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    November 10, 2013 by Adam Smith

    With the help of a brilliant filmmaker who volunteered his time and skills, we’ve put together a trailer to explain and advertise the Rational Parliament format.

  5. New debate format – the experiment continues

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    October 26, 2013 by Adam Smith

    If you came to our first sitting, you’ll probably remember feeling a little like a guinea pig. The whole evening was an experiment in how to debate. The central idea of bringing all sorts of people together and having them argue about a political topic with relevant scientists and researchers in the room worked. But some of the finer details didn’t. Here’s where our founding format didn’t work last time and how it’ll be different next time.

  6. Why we need to charge people to debate in the Rational Parliament

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    October 23, 2013 by Adam Smith

    You’re already paying for one parliament. The one in Westminster (and maybe some of the others too). Yet I’m almost certain that you’re rarely satisfied with what goes on it. So why should you pay for the Rational Parliament too? Because it’s yours, silly.

  7. Fracking hell, what do we do about the energy crisis?

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    October 21, 2013 by Adam Smith

    After the first sitting of the Rational Parliament, I asked everyone who had turned up for what they’d like to debate next. The most popular answer? Fracking. So that’s exactly what we’re going to debate on 26 November: should we extract shale gas by fracking?

Next sitting: coming soon

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