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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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Sound Therapy- Healing or Hoax?
Date: 5/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral 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?

Genetic Engineering: are three parent babies ethical?
Date: 6/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Sandy McKeown
Synopsis: Morality is understanding the distinction between right and wrong and living according to that understanding, and ethics is the philosophy of how that morality guides individual and group behavior. As cultures embrace their own idea of morality, it is true that over time these moral "absolutes" are not so absolute. With genetic engineering, as with other paramount discoveries throughout time, where do we morally draw the line? Should investigation and exploration be unlimited no matter the outcome or should ethics guide our hand in determining when to prohibit further research?

Do Norse and Masonic symbols have a connection?
Date: 7/22/2017 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Sandy McKeown
Synopsis: We have been told that the Vikings were "known" to conquer and to raid. Many popular stories tell of their plundering, pirating, robbing, and killing. However, according to the inscription on the ancient northern rune stones, a Viking was an adventurer, someone who went abroad to make his fortune and then to return home again. They explored new lands and were avid traders. Vikings didn't need priests, temples, or places of worship because their religion/beliefs were part of their daily lives and it was practiced by them in their homes or in nature. Did they practice Masonry? Are their old beliefs in accordance with the ancient secrets and mysteries of Masonry? Let's explore their history, religion and customs.

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