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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: Bill 21 and Secularism in Québec (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 * * Bill 21, "An Act respecting the laicity of the State", was tabled by the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) on March 29, 2019. If this bill is passed, it will ban certain public sector employees from wearing religious symbols and face coverings. Proponents of the bill say that Québec has a unique history of oppression under the Catholic Church, and of rejecting religion in favour of secular government. Freedom from religion was hard won, is highly valued, and must be preserved by measures such as this. Religious freedom is a right, but it is one that must be exercised privately and kept at arm's length from our government. Opponents of the bill say that there is a difference between wearing items that are strictly ornamental like a crucifix vs wearing functional items of clothing that are religiously mandated like a turban or hijab. The government is overreaching with this bill and is unfairly targeting religions like Islam and Sikhism that mandate particular clothing. Is Bill 21 a step forward or a step back? Does it draw the right balance between government regulation and individual expression of religion? Will it lead to positive or negative developments in the future? Join us for fun, friendly and substantive discussion about the important topics of the day. All viewpoints are welcome in 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/Quebec_ban_on_religious_symbols https://www.lapresse.ca/debats/opinions/201905/14/01-5226095-projet-de-loi-sur-la-laicite-comme-un-vent-de-liberte.php * * * * * * * * * * 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: The Crisis of Masculinity

Tristan Lauber Studio

* * This event is FULL! * * Members - please RSVP and we will move you from the waiting list to the guest list. Non-members, please consider signing up for the repeat of this event on June 11: https://www.meetup.com/studio42/events/261581904/ * * Participation is optional - you can join us to speak or to listen * * * * Feel free to bring food or drinks to share! * * Manosphere, toxic masculinity, incel, red pill, niceguy, mansplaining, soyboy, testosterone poisoning, white knight - these colourful words keep boiling up into our popular culture, reflecting an underlying struggle to define masculine ideals and they send mixed messages to young men who are trying to find their identity and their place in society. "Toxic masculinity" suggests that some traditional "manly qualities" are harmful or outdated. But men who reduce their meat consumption out of care for animals or the environment are weak, effeminate "soyboys". "Niceguy" is a sarcastic term for a man who pretends to respect women in the hopes of sleeping with them. But "Incel" refers to men who believe that they are involuntarily (and unfairly) celibate because women choose the wrong men. "Mansplaining" implies that men invent reasons to excuse their unacceptable mannish behaviour. But "red pillers" believe that men are oppressed by these expectations that are placed upon them by women and feminism. As if these ideological collisions were not enough, the world is changing in ways that men are struggling to adapt to. Technology has eliminated jobs that men relied upon in the past. Traditional gender roles are outdated, but there is no clear and simple explanation to replace them. This has lead many psychologists and sociologists to conclude that we are facing a crisis of masculinity. But others argue that men have always struggled to find their identity and this "crisis" is nothing new. Is there a crisis of masculinity? What advice can we give to young men who are struggling to find themselves? How should we define gender roles today? Join us in this beautiful studio sponsored by Tristan Lauber 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/Masculinity http://socialscienceworks.org/2018/05/the-crisis-of-masculinities-a-brief-overview/ http://theconversation.com/the-bogus-crisis-of-masculinity-96558 * * * * * * * * * * 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: The Crisis of Masculinity (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 * * Manosphere, toxic masculinity, incel, red pill, niceguy, mansplaining, soyboy, testosterone poisoning, white knight - these colourful words keep boiling up into our popular culture, reflecting an underlying struggle to define masculine ideals and they send mixed messages to young men who are trying to find their identity and their place in society. "Toxic masculinity" suggests that some traditional "manly qualities" are harmful or outdated. But men who reduce their meat consumption out of care for animals or the environment are weak, effeminate "soyboys". "Niceguy" is a sarcastic term for a man who pretends to respect women in the hopes of sleeping with them. But "Incel" refers to men who believe that they are involuntarily (and unfairly) celibate because women choose the wrong men. "Mansplaining" implies that men invent reasons to excuse their unacceptable mannish behaviour. But "red pillers" believe that men are oppressed by these expectations that are placed upon them by women and feminism. As if these ideological collisions were not enough, the world is changing in ways that men are struggling to adapt to. Technology has eliminated jobs that men relied upon in the past. Traditional gender roles are outdated, but there is no clear and simple explanation to replace them. This has lead many psychologists and sociologists to conclude that we are facing a crisis of masculinity. But others argue that men have always struggled to find their identity and this "crisis" is nothing new. Is there a crisis of masculinity? What advice can we give to young men who are struggling to find themselves? How should we define gender roles today? 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/Masculinity http://socialscienceworks.org/2018/05/the-crisis-of-masculinities-a-brief-overview/ http://theconversation.com/the-bogus-crisis-of-masculinity-96558 * * * * * * * * * * 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: The Question of Abortion

Club Insiders (anti-café/co-work)

* * Change of location (this Sunday only) * * * * 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.

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