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Oklahoma City Study Center

The Masonic Philosophical Society has been growing throughout the world steadily. While we offer many different resources for our members to grow and learn online, there is simply no substitute for attending the Study Center nearest you. When you attend a Study Center of the Masonic Philosophical Society you will have the opportunity, not only to hear from a speaker, but to participate in the dialogue.

Oklahoma City Study Center
100 N University Dr Edmond, OK 73034
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How do film composers create music?
Date: 6/24/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Pamela McDown
Synopsis: Music and movies have coexisted since the very beginning of film. We might all agree that if you watch a film without the music, it is a very different experience. How, then, does film music bring meaning and magic to words and images? It is the role of the film composer to convey an often complex set of emotions. So what are the skills that a composer needs? This meeting will take a look at the work of film composers as creators of music and how this unique process lies at the heart of Freemasonry.

Is the increased development of emotional intelligence what will create a more civilized society?
Date: 7/22/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Jill Alessandra
Synopsis: Does one think of emotions when considering intelligence? Saying the right thing, at the wrong time, can leave one shaking their head and wondering "What went wrong?" If a child broke his mother's vase, he might meet with more compassion if he tells her at the right time, in the right way. Children need to be taught how to communicate more effectively. To listen to their own feelings. To observe others emotions. To listen to the viewpoints of others. These are tools that lead to greater success in life, but do they lead to a healthier society? In Freemasonry we strive to subdue our passions and to know ourselves with greater clarity. Do adults and thus nations function in the world differently if more aware of this emotional world, and to to navigate it?

Does our minds exist independent of the physical realm?
Date: 8/26/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Enos Jones
Synopsis: With the hundred year-old declaration that "GOD is dead", Western science has spent much of the last century ignoring ideas from the spiritual realm. Experimentation in fields such as parapsychology and physics and theories such as Quantum Mechanics are providing evidence that the mind not only exists outside of the body but that it is the creator of the body itself. As Freemasons, we seek to understand reality as it is and not as we perceive it to be. Thus we must ask ourselves, does the mind exist independent of the physical realm?

Is science a relatively new concept or has it existed longer than we know?
Date: 9/23/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Jill Jones
Synopsis: We often think the people of ancient times were brutes and savages; however, they may have been more sophisticated than we give them credit for. Science was born out of the ancient philosophers and has arrived in our modern age as a system of observation and experimentation. The scientific method allows man to recognize patterns exhibited by nature and ultimately the nature within ourselves. Logic has been around longer than what we know as "science" but how long has "science " been in existence? Freemasons are taught to experience the Laws of Natures and to study her secrets. Did the ancient Mason study and observe in the same way or is science a relatively new concept?

Does an irrational number (Phi) govern structures in our objective universe?
Date: 10/28/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Judith Champion
Synopsis: In the nineteenth century, geometry and Masonry were synonymous terms because geometry was the basis of Masonic terminology and symbolism. It reveals the beauty of creation through proportion, number, and relationships found in phenomenal forms. To the Greek philosophers and geometers Phi represented divine harmony and order. The forms and patterns manifesting from divine archetypes constitute sacred geometry. But is geometry just a system developed by ancient mathematicians or can we consider it be a living thing?

Is disillusionment a good thing?
Date: 12/30/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Pamela McDown
Synopsis: While disillusionment is hardly the type of sentiment we want to embrace, it is part of our human experience. Disillusionment takes place when it becomes evident to us that what we once believed is not true. When this happens, it can be very traumatic and painful, not only psychologically but physically as well. A student may engage in certain studies for many years, consistently demonstrating commitment, selflessness and detachment, only to be confronted by the devastating sense that the work no longer has meaning and value. What are the causes of such psychological crisis? What are ways to deal with it? Can it bring us to a point of change and transformation? During this discussion we will consider how disillusionment plays a part in our lives and how Freemasonry relates to this question.

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