The Stoa (translated to ‘porch’) was an environment in Ancient Greece for Philosophers to come together and discuss meaningful ideas. These ideas were considered dangerous at the time as their discussions would frequently challenge the monarchy, aristocracy and even God himself. However, while often risking death, these philosophers agreed that the highest virtue is the pursuit of truth and wisdom through rigorous debate. With no unassailable truths, they sat together on the floor as equals in the pursuit of this endeavor.
Our organization is committed to reintroducing this environment to public discourse through the concept of the ‘Steel Man’. The ‘Steel Man’ is the opposite of ‘Straw Man’ while the latter is focused on belittling an argument, the former is an attempt to represent the position in its strongest form.
Our purpose, simply, is to provide a space for people to think out loud.
Stoa: Social Media
Social media has become deeply interwoven throughout all of our lives. But with this comes a number of questions relevant to our wellbeing. Is social media beneficial to society? Does it change the way we communicate or view ourselves? Does it pose potential health risks we should be concerned about? What's the role of government in regulating something so pervasive? Or should we leave it up to the free market? Is social media a brilliant innovation that permits endless amounts of opportunity to the average individual? Has it created the possibility of a genuine global society? Join us as we play with these questions and more!
Topic: Social Media
Format: Red Team/Blue Team
Moderator: Jonathan Karten
Dr. Howard Robins: A Novel Treatment for Coronavirus- Ozone Therapy
Dr. Howard Robins is considered to be the pioneer and global thought leader in bio-oxidative therapy. He is a practicing physician with a clinic located in NYC and has been administering cost effective treatments for everything from chronic pain management to lyme disease to thousands of individuals for almost 3 decades. He has pioneered the use of the Robins Method of Direct Intravenous Ozone Therapy making it the safest and extremely effective way of performing this treatment.
In light of the recent emergence of the Novel Corona Virus Pandemic- He’s published a paper with Dr. Robert Rowen in the Journal for Infectious Diseases and epidemiology titled “A Plausible “Penny” costing Effective Treatment for Corona Virus- Ozone therapy”.
Stoa: Utility of Religion
The topic of this Stoa is the Utility of Religion. Was religion useful? Is it still relevant today? Is it essential to the human experience, or does it serve more as a barrier to progress? How do we reconcile continual scientific revelations with the texts of our past? Is it possible? Join us as we explore!
Topic: Utility of Religion
Format: Red/Blue Team
Guests: Alex Horn, Jonathan Karten, Prakhar Gupta, Perry Sidhu
Colloquia at Columbia University
Welcome to the first episode of the Stoa Podcast! This episode is a brief (and potentially chaotic) introduction to our inception at Columbia University as well as an opportunity to hear a bit about the founders: Perry Sidhu, Jonathan Karten, and Prakhar Gupta.