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Studio 42 is where we have moving conversations about contentious and consequential topics. Join us if you want to improve your active listening, thinking, persuasion or dispute resolution skills while becoming more informed about the world.

As media bubbles are getting more isolated and the world is getting more polarized, it is becoming difficult to have productive discussions about controversial subjects. We face great political, economic and environmental challenges, but how can we hope to make progress on them if we cannot even discuss our disagreements reasonably?

The mission of Studio 42 is to bring people together with different backgrounds and opinions to have friendly and substantive discussions about philosophy, science, politics, spirituality and personal development. Discussions are moderated to ensure respectful exchange and to give everyone an equal opportunity to speak. You are welcome to join regardless of your political views, knowledge level or skill level. Participation is optional; you can speak or just listen in.

Studio 42 is not for "winning debates". We come together in the spirit of learning knowledge and skills, and broadening our horizons by hearing a wide range of opinions.

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Discussion: The Question of Abortion (repeat)

Club Insiders (anti-café/co-work)

* * You must pay a fee of approximately $8 for your time at the cafe. Food and drinks are included in this fee * * * * Participation is optional - you can join us to speak or to listen * * Abortion has long been a mainstay of Canadian law, and has generally had wide acceptance among Canadians - a 2001 poll found that 32% of respondants believed it should be permitted in all circumstances, 54% in some circumstances and only 14% believed that abortion should never be permitted. But the increasing popularity of conservative influencers like Jordan Peterson, and the recent election of Doug Ford in Ontario seem to be riding a rising tide of pro-life support. Those who oppose abortion say that it is a form of discrimination against unborn people, and that it deprives them of the opportunity to live a full life where they achieve their potential. They argue that we don't know for certain what it feels like to be an unborn child, so we should err on the side of caution and oppose procedures that might cause suffering. Those in favour of abortion rights say that a woman has the right to choose what she does with her own body and that access to abortion is an important part of our toolkit for reproductive health. They argue that personhood requires more than just having human DNA in your cells; a fetus is not a person because it lacks consciousness, self-awareness and self-motivation, among other things. These ethical disagreements are further muddied by religious beliefs, politicisation, and attempts by both sides to frame the debate with prejudicial labels like "pro-murder" or "anti-choice". The question is complicated by edge cases and boundaries. Do we make exceptions in cases of rape, medical conditions or nonviable pregnancies? Do we draw the line at a certain point in the fetus' development? Join us for fun, friendly and substantive discussion about the important topics of the day. All viewpoints are welcome for this friendly, moderated discussion. * * * * * * * * * * How it Works * * * * * * * * * * The event will begin with a short presentation of a few facts pertaining to the topic. Afterwards, there will be a discussion where everyone will be invited to share their opinion, share relevant facts and reasoning, and respond to the views of others. Our moderator will ensure that everyone has equal opportunity to speak and that dialogue will be kept respectful. All viewpoints are welcome. After the event, you are invited to stay for friendly, informal discussion if you wish. * * * * * * * * * * Relevant Background Reading * * * * * * * * * * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_debate * * * * * * * * * * Admission * * * * * * * * * * The Meetup is free but you must pay a fee of approximately $8 for your time at the cafe. Food and drinks are included in this fee * * * * * * * * * * Latecomers * * * * * * * * * * Latecomers are welcome but we start promptly at 6:05pm so if you arrive late, you will miss out! To keep the discussion manageable, the first 15 participants to arrive will receive unlimited speaking opportunities. All those arriving afterwards will receive 2.5 minutes of speaking time. * * * * * * * * * * Accessibility * * * * * * * * * * You must be able to climb a flight of stairs to access the venue.

Discussion: Food Ethics - Vegetarianism, Veganism, et al

Tristan Lauber Studio

* * Participation is optional - you can join us to speak or to listen * * * * Feel free to bring food or drinks to share! * * Vegetarianism and veganism are on the rise. With a growing variety of meat alternatives, meat imitation products, and veg*an restaurants, The Economist dubbed 2019 the year of the vegan. A growing segment of the population is reducing or eliminating their consumption of animal products. Those in favour say that animals have feelings and should not be subjected to unnecessary suffering. They say that raising animals is inhumane, bad for the environment, and resource-intensive. In addition to these ethical concerns, some also adopt veg diets for religious or spiritual reasons. Those opposed say that humans are naturally omnivorous, humans require meat to obtain vital nutrients, and meat dishes are central to many cultural cuisines. They say that animals are not moral agents in the same way that humans are, and so they are not subject to the same rights. Some take the middle ground, arguing that reducing meat consumption is a more practical proposition than eliminating it. They endorse flexitarianism, reducitarianism, and campaigns like "Meatless Mondays" to persuade a wider audience to cut down on meat. Are you vegetarian or vegan? Are you opposed to restricting animal products? How should we consider these ethical questions? Join us for fun, friendly and substantive discussion about the important topics of the day. All viewpoints are welcome for this friendly, moderated discussion. * * * * * * * * * * How it Works * * * * * * * * * * The event will begin with a short presentation of a few facts pertaining to the topic. Afterwards, there will be a discussion where everyone will be invited to share their opinion, share relevant facts and reasoning, and respond to the views of others. Our moderator will ensure that everyone has equal opportunity to speak and that dialogue will be kept respectful. All viewpoints are welcome. After the event, you are invited to stay for friendly, informal discussion if you wish. * * * * * * * * * * Relevant Background Reading * * * * * * * * * * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veganism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethics_of_eating_meat * * * * * * * * * * Admission * * * * * * * * * * This event is free - there is no admission cost. * * * * * * * * * * Latecomers * * * * * * * * * * Latecomers are welcome but we start promptly at 6:05pm so if you arrive late, you will miss out! To keep the discussion manageable, the first 15 participants to arrive will receive unlimited speaking opportunities. All those arriving afterwards will receive 2.5 minutes of speaking time. * * * * * * * * * * Accessibility * * * * * * * * * * You must be able to climb a flight of stairs to access the venue.

Discussion: Food Ethics - Vegetarianism, Veganism, et al (repeat)

Club Insiders (anti-café/co-work)

* * You must pay a fee of approximately $8 for your time at the cafe. Food and drinks are included in this fee * * * * Participation is optional - you can join us to speak or to listen * * Vegetarianism and veganism are on the rise. With a growing variety of meat alternatives, meat imitation products, and veg*an restaurants, The Economist dubbed 2019 the year of the vegan. A growing segment of the population is reducing or eliminating their consumption of animal products. Those in favour say that animals have feelings and should not be subjected to unnecessary suffering. They say that raising animals is inhumane, bad for the environment, and resource-intensive. In addition to these ethical concerns, some also adopt veg diets for religious or spiritual reasons. Those opposed say that humans are naturally omnivorous, humans require meat to obtain vital nutrients, and meat dishes are central to many cultural cuisines. They say that animals are not moral agents in the same way that humans are, and so they are not subject to the same rights. Some take the middle ground, arguing that reducing meat consumption is a more practical proposition than eliminating it. They endorse flexitarianism, reducitarianism, and campaigns like "Meatless Mondays" to persuade a wider audience to cut down on meat. Are you vegetarian or vegan? Are you opposed to restricting animal products? How should we consider these ethical questions? Join us for fun, friendly and substantive discussion about the important topics of the day. All viewpoints are welcome for this friendly, moderated discussion. * * * * * * * * * * How it Works * * * * * * * * * * The event will begin with a short presentation of a few facts pertaining to the topic. Afterwards, there will be a discussion where everyone will be invited to share their opinion, share relevant facts and reasoning, and respond to the views of others. Our moderator will ensure that everyone has equal opportunity to speak and that dialogue will be kept respectful. All viewpoints are welcome. After the event, you are invited to stay for friendly, informal discussion if you wish. * * * * * * * * * * Relevant Background Reading * * * * * * * * * * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veganism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethics_of_eating_meat * * * * * * * * * * Admission * * * * * * * * * * The Meetup is free but you must pay a fee of approximately $8 for your time at the cafe. Food and drinks are included in this fee * * * * * * * * * * Latecomers * * * * * * * * * * Latecomers are welcome but we start promptly at 6:05pm so if you arrive late, you will miss out! To keep the discussion manageable, the first 15 participants to arrive will receive unlimited speaking opportunities. All those arriving afterwards will receive 2.5 minutes of speaking time. * * * * * * * * * * Accessibility * * * * * * * * * * You must be able to climb a flight of stairs to access the venue.

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Discussion: The Question of Abortion

Tristan Lauber Studio

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