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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.

Upcoming events (5)

Discussion: Has Conservative Politics Gone Intellectually Bankrupt?

* This event will be held virtually via Zoom. You can join from 5:45 onwards * * * Participation is optional - you can join us to speak or to listen * * * * Évènement bilingue - Les francophones sont bienvenue * * If you've heard of a website called YouTube, and you've dared to watch political videos, then you've surely seen advertisements and recommended videos popping into your feed with provocative titles. Maybe you saw Prager U and wondered what this online university could teach you, or you saw The Rubin Report and found Dave Rubin's openness to new ideas refreshing, or maybe you saw Ben Shapiro and were attracted by his reliance on facts instead feelings. But Prager U is not a university. It's just a YouTube channel that advances conservative political ideas by oversimplifying complex issues, and strawmanning progressive ideas. Dave Rubin claims to be neutral, but consistently invites right-wing guests for softball interviews. Ben Shapiro is a champion of debating, but rarely debates anyone other than naive university students and rarely lives up to his own ethic of putting facts above his feelings. Why is pseudo-intellectualism so common in conservative media? Are there any legitimate conservative intellectuals remaining? What is the future of the conservative movement? Join us for fun, friendly and substantive discussion about the important topics of the day. All viewpoints are welcome for this friendly, moderated discussion. * * * * * * * * * * Discord Channel for Online Discussion * * * * * * * * * * https://discord.gg/gUVpAB * * * * * * * * * * 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 * * * * * * * * * * Charles Sykes: How The Right Lost Its Mind https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxw5ODtOC-Q Why are smart people so dumb? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsPvDYO19ys * * * * * * * * * * Mask Policy * * * * * * * * * * You must wear a mask to attend our events in the park. A bandana or other item is acceptable if it covers your nose and mouth. You will not be allowed to participate if you do not wear a mask. * * * * * * * * * * Code of Conduct * * * * * * * * * * Please review our code of conduct before attending this event. http://stu42.co/conduct * * * * * * * * * * Admission * * * * * * * * * * This event is free. * * * * * * * * * * Latecomers * * * * * * * * * * Latecomers are welcome but we start promptly at 6:05pm so if you arrive late, you will miss out!

Discussion: Ecomodernism

Online event

* This event will be held virtually via Zoom. You can join from 5:45 onwards * * * Participation is optional - you can join us to speak or to listen * * * * Évènement bilingue - Les francophones sont bienvenue * * The environmental movement has traditionally been rooted in the unspoken assumption that we must fix the environment by reversing the damage that we did to it in the past. The solution to CO2 emissions from burning fuel is to burn less fuel. If modern technology is causing these problems, then we must scale back our reliance on technology. We destroyed the environment with overconsumption and now we must heal it by reducing consumption. But there is a new school of thought that rejects these assumptions. Ecomodernism is a philosophy that believes that technology and consumption are the tools with which to repair our damage to the environment. They embrace solutions that have generally been rejected by environmentalists in the past: e.g. genetic modification, nuclear energy, and carbon dioxide removal. Perhaps their worst blasphemy is their belief that we might achieve sustainability without making hard sacrifices and changing our lifestyle. Ecomodernism has been criticized for being idealistic in its assumptions about what we can achieve through technology and also in its assumptions about what we could achieve politically. Is ecomodernism an improvement over more traditional environmentalism? Does it make some legitimate arguments? What is the way forward to preserve our planet? 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. * * * * * * * * * * Discord Channel for Online Discussion * * * * * * * * * * https://discord.gg/gUVpAB * * * * * * * * * * Relevant Background Reading * * * * * * * * * * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecomodernism http://www.ecomodernism.org/ * * * * * * * * * * Code of Conduct * * * * * * * * * * Please review our code of conduct before attending this event. http://stu42.co/conduct * * * * * * * * * * Admission * * * * * * * * * * This event is free. * * * * * * * * * * Latecomers * * * * * * * * * * Latecomers are welcome but we start promptly at 6:05pm so if you arrive late, you will miss out!

Open Topic Discussion

Online event

* * This event will be held virtually via Zoom. You can join from 5:45 onwards * * * * Participation is optional - you can join us to speak or to listen * * * * Évènement bilingue - Les francophones sont bienvenue * * 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 the comments or send it to me by direct message. I will post a poll on Google Forms one week before the event so that you can vote and we will discuss the top two! 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. * * * * * * * * * * Discord Channel for Online Discussion * * * * * * * * * * https://discord.gg/gUVpAB * * * * * * * * * * Code of Conduct * * * * * * * * * * Please review our code of conduct before attending this event. This event is free. We accept donations to help fund the Meetup group. * * * * * * * * * * Admission * * * * * * * * * * This event is free. * * * * * * * * * * Latecomers * * * * * * * * * * Latecomers are welcome but we start promptly at 6:05pm so if you arrive late, you will miss out!

Discussion: What I Believe by Bertrand Russell

Online event

The Text: http://ethicsintroduction.weebly.com/uploads/4/4/6/2/44624607/bertrand_russell_what_i_believe.pdf * This event will be held virtually via Zoom. You can join from 5:45 onwards * * * This discussion is open to opinions from all religious or non-religious perspectives * * * * Participation is optional - you can join us to speak or to listen * * * * Évènement bilingue - Les francophones sont bienvenue * * What I Believe is ranked as one of the most articulate and notorious examples of Russell's arguments for atheism. The text was so inflammatory at the time that it was used as evidence against him in a 1940 trial, wherein the court decided that he was unfit to teach college-level philosophy. Please read the text or at least speed read it for a few minutes before attending the discussion. Seriously please do it. I know half of you aren't reading this and we're not even 100 words into the event description. 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. * * * * * * * * * * Discord Channel for Online Discussion * * * * * * * * * * https://discord.gg/gUVpAB * * * * * * * * * * Relevant Background Reading * * * * * * * * * * http://ethicsintroduction.weebly.com/uploads/4/4/6/2/44624607/bertrand_russell_what_i_believe.pdf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertrand_Russell * * * * * * * * * * Code of Conduct * * * * * * * * * * Please review our code of conduct before attending this event. http://stu42.co/conduct * * * * * * * * * * Admission * * * * * * * * * * This event is free. * * * * * * * * * * Latecomers * * * * * * * * * * Latecomers are welcome but we start promptly at 6:05pm so if you arrive late, you will miss out!

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Discussion: How to Give Back in Life?

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