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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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Are the ethical ramifications of eugenics so great that they may outweigh our pursuit to "build a better human?" 
Date: 2/25/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Jill Jones
Synopsis: The term eugenics is derived from the Greek word “eu,” meaning good or well, and “genos,” meaning offspring. Conventional eugenics, or intentional selective breeding for improved genetic traits, has been performed on crops and livestock for thousands of years. Examples of modern eugenics today as it relates to humans include stem cell treatment, modifying or removing genes to prevent or treat genetic disease, selective reproduction, prenatal diagnosis such as amniocentesis testing. With great advancement in eugenics, there is still much trepidation to is use. Although it is becoming more common in its usage, will we find that everyone will have access to this amazing science or will it be solely for the rich? Freemasonry holds an optimistic view of Humanity's future but is it naive to think so? Aldous Huxley painted a dystopia in his futuristic novel Brave New World, but what do you believe to be true? Will eugenics make a better world for you and me?

Is the Spring Equinox important?
Date: 3/25/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Vicki Jones
Synopsis: Spring Equinox has been celebrated by people around the world throughout time. There are obvious reasons, such as winter having ended and spring beginning, bring with it all of the blossoming colors and scents that we love. But there is more to it than that. How is it an astronomical event? Does it have spiritual significance? Come with us on a Masonic journey through the earth's cycle on it axis and around the sun to reveal what import we have given a powerful marker of time.

Are religion and science compatible?
Date: 4/29/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Enos Jones
Synopsis: The debate about whether science is compatible with religion or spirituality is a comparatively modern development. In ancient times, science and religion were part of a unified world view that considered the natural world and its laws a source of revelation about the Divine. The contemporary conversation tends to pit scientific knowledge against mythic beliefs, but that is not the only way which these two great human undertakings can interact. During this discussion we will consider how the Scientific Method can or does play a part in our religious or spiritual lives and how Freemasonry relates to this question.

Does the Great Seal of the United States reveal deeper truths?
Date: 5/27/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Judith Champion
Synopsis: The struggle for freedom is the political, economic, and social history of humanity. Each era of our history has brought us one more step in the quest for liberty. The Great Seal was created over a period of approximately six years precisely to express the reason for the existence of the United States. Virtually everyone has seen the symbol located on the back of every one-dollar bill. How does it explain the uniqueness of our government? What are some of the specific ideas embedded in the seal itself and how is this symbol Masonic?

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.

Are the Emerald Tablets relevant to our times?
Date: 7/22/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Vicki Jones
Synopsis: What do we really know about the Emerald Tablet of Hermes? So much of its history lies shrouded in mystery. Scholars say that it originated in the early period of Arabic alchemy, and other less scholarly views speculate on origin in Atlantis. The original document has not survived so no-one can say for sure its source. Why do so many people value this tablet? There can be no argument that it is widely held as an administration of wisdom. Its teachings are wide spread and can even be found in some Masonic Rituals. In this discussion, we will look into what is known about the Emerald Tablet and see if we can find if it is still relevant to our modern times.

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: Behavorial 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.

School of Pythagoras
Hypatia Quote

Wisdom of Neoplatonism

"Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them."
Hypatia of Alexandria
Mathematician and Astronomer
Personal Writings