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Los Angeles 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.

Los Angeles Study Center
Masonic Hall, 244 N. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, CA 91206
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Is the fear of death biologically driven or culturally taught?
Date: 9/2/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Amy Palian
Synopsis: It is rather clear that there is a great fear towards death in most cultures around the world. The question remains whether this fear of death is driven by our innate biological need to survive and pass on our genes, or it is taught through cultural and religious beliefs. Many scholars, scientists and philosophers take a stand on either side of this argument. In Freemasonry, we are taught to reflect upon our spiritual and biological being to improve ourselves, henceforth, improving humanity. Death being part of our physical and spiritual beings, we should explore all possible aspects of it and avenues through which we are programmed to fear it.

Is the Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) experiencing a Cultural Resurgence?
Date: 10/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Rosa Maria Gomez De Lopez
Synopsis: The Day of the Dead is a tradition that has transcended borders and cultures. This tradition is based on Aztec Culture (Mexico) Central America, Columbian and pre-Columbian Cultures. European countries celebrate the Day of the Dead as well. Rituals celebrating the deaths of ancestors had been observed by these civilizations perhaps for as long as 2,500–3,000 years. The festival that developed into the modern Day of the Dead was celebrated in the ninth month of Mexica Solar Calendar, Over the past two decades, due to Immigration, mass media, and Social Networks, this tradition has re-emerged in some cultures that had lost the tradition. Is the Day of the Dead experiencing a Cultural Resurgence? With Freemasonry also venerating the memories of the passed, there is a interesting relationship between these two customs that will be discussed.

Does fiction build or break the morality of individuals and societies?
Date: 11/4/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Jamie Shuler
Synopsis: An age old controversy, the question of the effects of fiction on the human condition remains relevant. Book bans & burnings, the FCC, even Plato had strong opinions on allowing fiction to be read by the masses. What are the actual dangers of fiction, though? And if they exist, can we find the opposing power in fiction that would equally serve us?

Does “Love” have a Language?
Date: 12/2/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Kathy Courtney
Synopsis: Universal Co-Masonry aspires to attain its ideals by creating an international organization that extends Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth to all its members. Historically, “Love” is probably the most sought after “thing” after food, water, and shelter. Wars have been waged, families divided, and nations destroyed for Love attainment. In our everyday lives, the topic seems to be nearly everywhere – to vast extremes in the media, literature, the daily relationship interactions between mother and child, lovers, work and social relations, and strangers, but how is “Love” communicated, perceived, and understood?

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