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Chicago 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.

Chicago Study Center
1703 Orrington Ave Evanston, IL 60201
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How does death affect every aspect of our daily lives?
Date: 3/11/2017 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Sandy McKeown
Synopsis: The belief in an afterlife is in every philosophy of life, including atheism. The construct that there is no life after death is still a construct about an afterlife. In Ernest Becker's book "The Denial of Death," he asserts that everything we do, every action we take, and every thought we derive is based ultimately on our fear of our mortality. One of the tenets of being a Freemason is a belief in an afterlife. Why is such a philosophy required to join? If Ernest Becker is to be believed, then it would make sense that religious and secular creeds would have a moral stance on such a weighty topic. What do you believe? Are you acting independently of your mortality?

Sound Therapy- Healing or Hoax?
Date: 5/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavorial Science
Presenter: Sandy McKeown
Synopsis: In the growing field of "energy medicine" it is well known that our universe is created through patterns of frequency. Science is now documenting what mystics of many traditions have known for centuries, that everything in the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual realms exist on a vibratory basis. Healing has often been affected by such modalities as sound, light, music therapy, and various other energy medicine techniques that alter the frequency patterns of an individual. Don Campbell, with his book The Mozart Effect: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the Mind, and Unlock the Creative Spirit, believes that listening to Mozart music boosts intelligence, and in The Mozart Effect for Children he claims that exposing children to classical music increases brain development. However, research does not support the claim that listening to Mozart can enhance spatial performance. Much like the “we only use 10% of our brains” myth, the belief that “listening to Mozart makes you smarter” has outlived its debunking. Or has it? Join us as we look at the impact of music and whether or not it music used for the specific purpose of expanding consciousness in the individual? And if so, is this why Masonic rituals use music in their ceremonies?

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