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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.

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Is life truly suffering?
Date: 4/8/2017 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Jennifer Klenk
Synopsis: Freemasonry seeks the active evaluation of the nature of our world in relation to our own human existence and gives a person the ability to choose which life philosophy is right for them. The basis of Buddhist philosophy starts with the acceptance of "Life is Suffering". Is this a negative response to life or is it a path to self awareness? Join the Masonic Philosophical Society as we evaluate how Buddhist philosophy intertwines with science, literature, and self improvement. 

Is being truthful an outdated principle?
Date: 5/13/2017 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Claradene Wycoff
Synopsis: “…Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” Truthfulness is seen as the foundation for a fair and just society, but does it still have value in modern times? How do we evaluate what Truthfulness means to us on a personal level and on a societal level? Freemasonry gives the practitioner tools to evaluate their own ethical code. Join us as we discuss how truthfulness is a critical building block for human relationships and the consequences for each of us, short-term and long-term.

Is justice blind?
Date: 6/10/2017 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Deborah Dilley
Synopsis: Every person has their own philosophical ideal of what Justice is. In fact, systems such as Freemasonry encourage their followers to evaluate, define, and uphold their views on virtues such as Justice, Equality, and Fraternity. Justice, however, does not occur in a vacuum, but is subject to the intersectionality of power, oppression, and racism. Join us as we discuss the ideals of justice, crime and punishment, and the virtues we believe our society upholds.

Why do we need rituals?
Date: 7/8/2017 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Rochelle Smith
Synopsis: As a species, humans practice rituals on a constant basis: from the unconscious rituals of the order in which we bathe ourselves, or check the locks on our homes before bed; to the conscious rituals of graduations, marriages, regular religious services, even to the on goings in Freemasonic lodges. Why do humans practice rituals and how does ritual work affect the body, mind and human experience? Join the Masonic Philosophical Society as we examine the science, psychology and history behind the practice of rituals.

How can we use herbs to enrich our lives?
Date: 9/9/2017 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Helen Cox
Synopsis: Respecting and learning from the past is a primary tenant of Freemasonry. The oldest known list of medicinal herbs dates back to 3000 BC in China, but herbalism and aromatherapy have only started becoming widely accepted by Western culture in the past few decades. The uses of plants for medicinal purposes are vast and the knowledge of these can benefit us immensely. Join us while we explore the history of herbalism and discuss the healing power of plants.

Why do we search for happiness?
Date: 10/14/2017 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Jennifer Klenk
Synopsis: Freemasonry provides a system of self-evaluation and ethics in which an individual can reflect upon their own lives and begin to make changes to improve themselves and those around us. What can an individual do to find happiness in their life? Does one have to have a purpose to be happy? Join us as we explore the quest for happiness through psychological, philosophical, scientific, and Masonic lenses.

Why did Leonardo da Vinci leave so much unfinished?
Date: 11/11/2017 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Claradene Wycoff
Synopsis: The life of Leonardo da Vinci is a mysterious tapestry, woven in paradox, dyed in irony. No one has ever attempted so much in so many areas: science, anatomy, hydraulics, engineering, botany, geography, astronomy, architecture, philosophy. Many Freemasons aspire to be as learned and as productive as he was. Much of da Vinci’s work was left behind in copious notebooks, which contained wondrous information, that he never organized or published as intended. Does leaving work unfinished make a person a failure? Join us as we examine the nature of a legacy of a life’s work left unfinished.

Can the scientific method be used to answer moral questions?
Date: 12/9/2017 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Deborah Dilley
Synopsis: Much has been written about the behavior of “immoral” individuals: those who violate the law, who kill, who are deemed “different” from the rest of society in one aspect or another. But what has been studied scientifically on the aspects of human behavior that are part of the common moral code? Can the ethical standards of Freemasonry, or the standards of using the scientific method, help us understand the underlying foundations of morality?

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