What we're about

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.

A FEW RULES ABOUT EVIDENCE

Climate change skepticism

If you wish to spread claims denying or strongly discounting climate change, you must provide your supporting evidence for review before voicing your claims.

Conspiracy theories

If you want to spread conspiracy theories, you will be asked to provide supporting evidence.

Upcoming events (4+)

Discussion: Right & Wrong

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If you've ever studied ethics then you probably learned about theories like utilitarianism, virtue ethics or deontology. You've probably grappled with famous thought experiments like the Trolley Problem or the Crying Baby Dilemma. But these lofty theories and imaginary scenarios are out of touch with our daily lives.

A modern day ethical person should think about practical concerns like their impact on the environment, their voting patterns, and the consequences of their consumption habits. We should be concerned about the real impact that our lifestyle has on the world around us.

How do you think about the ethics of your everyday actions? What thinking tools do you use and what principles do you follow? Which of our daily habits are ethically right and which are ethically wrong?

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 * *
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.

* * Aren't you worried about having an event with 50+ people?!? * *
No because there will not be 50 people at the event. On Meetup, many attendees cancel at the last minute, and many are no-shows who skip the event without cancelling. I set the RSVP limit to 55 people, I reduce that limit to 45 in the last two days before the event, and then 20-30 people will actually attend.

This allows us to hit our attendance target of 15-30 people, and it ensures that attendees have their spot guaranteed weeks in advance. This makes the guest count inaccurate, but it's the simplest way to provide you a reliable and positive RSVP experience.

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Any ideas?

* * Ideals * *
Please read the Studio 42 Ideals before attending the event:
http://stu42.co/ideals

* * Admission * *
Admission is free. We accept donations to help fund our events.

* * Latecomers * *
Latecomers are welcome but we start promptly at 6:05pm so if you arrive late, you will miss out!

Discussion: Open Topic

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Feel free to bring food or drinks

Participation is optional - you can join us to speak or to listen * *
An evening of PURE (moderated) ANARCHY where our topic will be the group's choice. All participants will be invited to propose topics then we will vote for the one we most want to discuss.

If you would like to propose a topic, please post it in a comment below.

Remember the three C's of philosophical discussion topics:

  • Contentious: there is something to debate about
  • Consequential: the topic is relevant to your life or to society
  • Common: it is a topic that is widely known and understood, and everyone can comment on

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
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.

Aren't you worried about having an event with 50+ people?!?
No because there will not be 50 people at the event. On Meetup, many attendees cancel at the last minute, and many are no-shows who skip the event without cancelling. I set the RSVP limit to 55 people, I reduce that limit to 45 in the last two days before the event, and then 20-30 people will actually attend.

This allows us to hit our attendance target of 15-30 people, and it ensures that attendees have their spot guaranteed weeks in advance. This makes the guest count inaccurate, but it's the simplest way to provide you a reliable and positive RSVP experience.

Ideals
Please read the Studio 42 Ideals before attending the event:
http://stu42.co/ideals

Admission
Admission is free. We accept donations to help fund our events.

Latecomers
Latecomers are welcome but we start promptly at 6:05pm so if you arrive late, you will miss out!

Discussion: What is Love?

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* * Shoes-Off Venue * *
This venue requires that you remove your outdoor footwear on arrival.

* * Feel free to bring food or drinks * *
* * Participation is optional - you can join us to speak or to listen * *

Due to popular demand, we are repeating this topic!

Love is blind but it conquers all. It's a many-splendored thing and if you believe in it, then let it go. Are these romantic and idiomatic conceptions of love helpful? What precisely is it, and more importantly, how should we follow through on it in our relationships?

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
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.

Aren't you worried about having an event with 50+ people?!?
No because there will not be 50 people at the event. On Meetup, many attendees cancel at the last minute, and many are no-shows who skip the event without cancelling. I set the RSVP limit to 55 people, I reduce that limit to 45 in the last two days before the event, and then 20-30 people will actually attend.

This allows us to hit our attendance target of 15-30 people, and it ensures that attendees have their spot guaranteed weeks in advance. This makes the guest count inaccurate, but it's the simplest way to provide you a reliable and positive RSVP experience.

Suggested Reading

Any ideas?

Ideals
Please read the Studio 42 Ideals before attending the event:
http://stu42.co/ideals

Admission
Admission is free. We accept donations to help fund our events.

Latecomers
Latecomers are welcome but we start promptly at 6:05pm so if you arrive late, you will miss out!

Discussion: Porn

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* * Feel free to bring food or drinks * *
* * Participation is optional - you can join us to speak or to listen * *

Welcome to Montreal, where we are famous as a fun-loving city with a European flavour, and the best poutine, bagels and smoked meat in the world! We are less famous as the world's capital of online porn. That's right! Did you know that PornHub is a Montreal local business success story?

Let's talk about the effects that porn has on users, and the ethics of producing and distributing porn where the actors might have been coerced or exploited. Is porn dangerous or harmless? Should we restrict it's use or police it's production more severely? Where do you stand on the subject of porn?

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
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.

Aren't you worried about having an event with 50+ people?!?
No because there will not be 50 people at the event. On Meetup, many attendees cancel at the last minute, and many are no-shows who skip the event without cancelling. I set the RSVP limit to 55 people, I reduce that limit to 45 in the last two days before the event, and then 20-30 people will actually attend.

This allows us to hit our attendance target of 15-30 people, and it ensures that attendees have their spot guaranteed weeks in advance. This makes the guest count inaccurate, but it's the simplest way to provide you a reliable and positive RSVP experience.

Suggested Reading

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pornography

https://www.canadaland.com/podcast/694-war-on-porn/

Ideals
Please read the Studio 42 Ideals before attending the event:
http://stu42.co/ideals

Admission
Admission is free. We accept donations to help fund our events.

Latecomers
Latecomers are welcome but we start promptly at 6:05pm so if you arrive late, you will miss out!

Past events (183)

Discussion: Antinatalism

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