Beaver Lake Art of Mind Meeting #5

Discussion - the Boundaries of Speech and Civility

July 12, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Mont-Royal Park 2000, chemin Remembrance, Montréal, QC H3H 1X2
Moderator: Geoff Brown

The Boundaries of Speech and Civility

Calm, rational, and fairminded consideration of all viewpoints is a core principle of critical thinking, but are there some ideas that are so dangerous that they should not be discussed with civility? Are there issues like gay rights or abortion rights where the discussion is over, and we need to move on? Mob rule tactics like deplatforming and violent movements like Punch a Nazi are gaining wider acceptance. The ACLU is fractured over the question of whether they should continue to defend the free speech rights of racist groups, and prominent U of T professor Jordan Peterson recently stated that the threat of violent escalation is necessary in keeping debate reasonable: "If we move beyond the boundaries of civil discourse, we know what the next step is [...] If you’re talking to a man who wouldn’t fight with you under any circumstances whatsoever, then you’re talking to someone to whom you have absolutely no respect.” The boundaries of speech and civility are being questioned - where should they be drawn?


5 min 6:00pm - 6:05pm
Business Session
Geoff Brown 5 min 6:05pm - 6:10pm
Critical Thinking Tip
The Thinker's Progression, and Elements of Thought
Solmaz 5 min 6:10pm - 6:15pm
Fallacy of the Day
Burden of Proof Fallacies
Geoff Brown 5 min 6:15pm - 6:20pm
The Boundaries of Speech and Civility
Geoff Brown 85 min 6:20pm - 7:45pm
10 min 7:45pm - 7:55pm
Closing Words
Geoff Brown 5 min 7:55pm - 8:00pm
Agenda PDF