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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 Extinction Natural?
Date: 7/13/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Karoli Clever
Synopsis: Life on this planet consists of ever-changing environments and species. As we have become more conscious of the dwindling or perhaps misused resources, we humans have taken blame for the eradication of untold species of flora and fauna. However, there may be a natural cycle of elimination, a natural part of evolution. Humans may impede evolution or quicken it or have no effect on it at all. Freemasons study nature and science as well as evolution and may be holding a key to understanding what is “Natural.”

Did the Industrial Revolution Improve Society?
Date: 9/14/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Kathy Bidwell
Synopsis: The Industrial Revolution is an era recognized for the migration of work from family-operated cottage industries to the mass-production of goods in large factories. This time in history, spanning approximately 150 years, changed our course in history and shaped our modern-day society. As we look at how it's far-reaching impacts have influenced our way of living, we'll compare the positive with the negative and discuss why and how the Industrial Revolution continues to be such a contributor to modern-day living. We'll also consider how Freemasonry was impacted by the Industrial Revolution and the changes it brought to Fraternal Organizations.

What is Freemasonry?
Date: 10/12/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Kristine Wilson-Slack
Synopsis: What is Freemasonry, you ask? At this Meetup, we will have an open discussion about what lies at the heart of Freemasonry, who is interested in Freemasonry and why. We'll cover what an "initiatory" system is all about and how Freemasonry, an ancient ritual system guides its adherents in a world far larger than themselves. We answer the question of why Freemasons are so interested in symbolism, ritual, and myth. Bring your questions about Freemasonry and be prepared for a stimulating roundtable!

What is Liberty?
Date: 11/9/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Kathy Bidwell
Synopsis: There's much talk these days about our liberties; are they inherently ours or is it something we must pursue, as in the infamous “pursuit of life, liberty and happiness”? In this discussion, we'll explore the intangible concept of liberty, its five general types, and the significance liberty has to us as individuals and to society in general. We'll also discuss the relationship between liberty and Freemasonry.

Philosophy of the Mind and Artificial intelligence?
Date: 12/14/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Berta Armenteras Andreu
Synopsis: The Philosophy of the mind focuses its center of research around the relationship between the mind and the body, particularly the brain and how its processes define the nature of consciousness. If the link between the body and conscience exists, then a machine could also contain a certain type of Artificial Intelligence on a body of its own that would allow for their own consciousness. Is this intersection possible? We'll discuss different theories, including how a sustainable development of AI is necessary for the betterment of humanity, a goal toward which all Freemasons aspire.

"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest ... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
Albert Einstien
Physicist
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