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Are creation stories or identity attachments necessary today?
Date: 2/24/2018 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Sandy McKeown
Synopsis: Every one of us has a creation story or identity attachment that gives us a sense of belonging and/or security. We identify with our race, nation, religion, etc. that narrows our world view. Does asking "Where are you from?" hold validity, as it once did, in a world of monumental changes toward a global, perhaps universal view? There was a purpose for creation stories in the past. Do we continue to embrace these individual ideas or should the human race consider directing its course to an all embracing creation story? The Mason uses symbology to develop his own creation story, although he knows to perpetuate evolution, the working of the Fraternity together within the craft is of the essence.

Is Mathematics An Invention of the Human Mind, or Part of the Fabric of Reality?
Date: 3/24/2018 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Doyle Slack
Synopsis: 9th Century physicist James Jeans said “The Universe appears to have been designed by a pure mathematician.” As Mario Livio states in his book Is God a Mathematician?, “Mathematics appears to be almost too effective in describing and explaining not only the cosmos at large, but even some of the most chaotic of human enterprises.” We will discuss some of the major mathematical discoveries in history, and debate whether they are merely cleverly devised symbols or fundamental universal principles. We will also explore how Freemasonry views Mathematics in relation to our question.

"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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