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In Our World Today, is it Possible to Still Feel Wonder?
Date: 7/21/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Jill Alessandra
Synopsis: In his The Passions of the Soul, René Descartes proposed that wonderment is the first passion of all and asserted that those without this passion are very ignorant. With all of the pathways to information in our modern world, is it possible to still feel wonder, to experience a sense of mystery, and is it a sign of ignorance or of intelligence to do so? In Freemasonry we begin to wonder at the Universe, usually by a further study of ourselves, our world, and the seven liberal arts and sciences. We will look to Descartes idea of wonderment as a starting point to see what happens to us when our curiosity is piqued and we begin to ask “Why?"

Is Alzheimers a Manifestation of Consciousness?
Date: 8/18/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Lin Gold
Synopsis: There are myriad hypotheses about the causes of Alzheimers Disease (AD), mostly focused on environmental factors or lifestyle, and there is convincing evidence behind each one. But this diversity of causes implies that we don’t really understand the nature of the disease. A growing body of evidence shows that negative attitudes toward the elderly (and towards our own aging) has a profound influence on brain structure, and may be at the root of AD. What can we do about this fear and misconception? Freemasonry provides us with the tools to chip away illusion, reveal our true nature, and build a healthy understanding of self and of community. Can we change our attitudes, our consciousness, and turn the rising tide of Alzheimers Disease?

Who Were The Order of the Knights Templar and what led to their rise and fall?
Date: 9/15/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Shawna De Puente
Synopsis: There are many facts but much more fiction surrounding who The Order of the Knights Templar were and what their real purpose was intended to be. There is much that we do know to be factual such has how the Order first came into existence, how they invented the modern banking system, and a very lucrative import/export business. There is plenty of hype that has been generated through movies such as the Di Vinci Code surrounding the Templars. Some believe the Templars are still in existence living in secrecy. Others believe the Templars exist today through Freemasonry. How does an organization who amassed wealth and prestige just disappear? We will explore the rise and fall of The ‘Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon,’ more commonly known as the Knights Templar, or the Templars, was one of the most renowned military orders during the Middle Ages.

Does the Theory of a Holographic Universe Prove that Reality Is not Simple As We Believe?
Date: 10/20/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Diego Segatore
Synopsis: With the Copernican revolution we were forced to accept that the earth is not at the center of the Universe. With the advent of Relativity Theory and Quantum Theory, we realized what we experience in time and space is not exactly what everyone else around us experiences. A relatively new theory in Physics, mostly due to discoveries in astrophysics, is the idea that the universe we experience is really a 4-Dimensional hologram of a two-dimensiona. As Freemasons are always in search for truth, can studying the ideas and implications of a holographic universe help us find truth, or at least get a little closer to it?

Is it possible to talk in a way that kids will listen and to listen so that kids will talk?
Date: 11/17/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Jill Alessandra
Synopsis: There are many ways that people deal with children, giving advice, instruction, demands. Some see children as empty slates, needing us to fill them full of information. Others may see children as a fountain of possibility, needing the right conditions to unfold their inner potential. Is it possible to talk in a way that kids will listen? As Masons, we envision ourselves as rough material that must be hewn and polished to become a useful part of something bigger. Is there a way to work with children that is cooperative from both the adult and child? That touches and unfolds the child’s genuine self?

Can a number reveal your destiny?
Date: 12/15/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Judith Champion
Synopsis: Numbers are not simply tools for measuring and quantifying. Where and when did written numbers arise? As mathematics became more abstract, numbers and formulas became the universal language of science. Philosophers have attributed properties and energies to them, metaphysical and even spiritual. In religious contexts, 3, 7, 12, 30 and 40 occur frequently. Why was five revered by the Phythagoreans? Numerology grew out of their philosophy of numbers. The numerical values of your birth date and name may indicate lifelong energy patterns or influences. Certain numbers are prominent in Freemasonry and carry symbolic meaning especially when combined with geometry: 3-triangle, 4-square, etc. Are numbers entities that help us understand the natural world and forces? We will explore these ideas together.

"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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