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Is Hermeticism an ancient form of science?
Date: 3/17/2018 12:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Isaac Levy
Synopsis: We often think the people of ancient times were brutes and savages. However, they may have been more sophisticated than we give them credit for. Science, as we know it today, is based on observation and experimentation. An experiment is only valid if the conditions can be replicated with the same results every time. If we see the same observation or outcome happen over and over again, a pattern emerges. What does science and its observations have to do Hermeticism and Freemasonry? Are the Principles of Hermeticism as profound as Freemasonry is ancient?

Does Nihilism Lead to a Fulfilling Life?
Date: 4/21/2018 12:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Isaac Levy
Synopsis: Human beings are blessed (or cursed) with intelligence. We use this ability to gain insights into ourselves and the world around us and we develop meaning from it. Even if we dont understand something, our brain will make up an answer to justify its existence. The Nihilist will argue that it is better to not believe in anything than to believe in something that is false. Does the philosophy of Nihilism lead to a fulfilling life and is this philosophy in opposition to everything Freemasonry stands for?

What is Theosophy?
Date: 6/9/2018 12:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Matias Cumsille
Synopsis: Theosophy is responsible for bringing the philosophies of the East to Western culture. Brought over in the early 1900s by Helen P. Blavatsky, Theosophy has had an enormous impact on the lives of many individuals over the past century. However influential, Theosophy as whole or its tenets are not well known. Is Theosophy simply a type of philosophy or is it religious in nature? Join us as we discuss Theosophy, its relation to Freemasonry, if any, and their motto of Nothing is Higher than the Truth.

Does our short lifespan serve to protect or to harm the environment?
Date: 4/13/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Elizabeth Osborne
Synopsis: Is death necessary? Do human beings have built-in expiration dates? If we could find ways to significantly extend human life spans or end mortality based on natural aging, disease, and even injuries, perhaps our entire focus would change. Would older, wiser beings be better custodians of our environment? On the other hand, would population growth squander more resources and pollute the planet at quicker rates, leading to the extinction of many species, including our own. From newly-discovered immortal jelly fish to attempts at genetic engineering on human beings and literary themes, come join us as we discuss the effects that extended human life spans might have on individuals, humanity at large, life on this planet, religions and organizations like Freemasonry.

Why do we create ceremonies to remember those who have passed away?
Date: 5/18/2019 12:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Karen ONeil
Synopsis: Throughout the ages and across many cultures, people have created ceremonies of remembrance for those who have died. Is it because we wish to honor those who came before us and protected us, or remember those who provided wisdom that guided our own lives? Alternatively, are we driven to remember out of our own fear of mortality and being forgotten.

Is a critically thinking electorate necessary to maintain a democracy?
Date: 6/15/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Karen ONeil
Synopsis: This topic will explore logic fallacies and whether an electorate should or must engage in critical thinking in order to maintain a democracy. Otherwise, are voters susceptible to manipulation rendering a democracy into a mobocracy? Can a well-informed and critically thinking electorate cause its representatives in a democracy to become more accountable to the needs of the people?

"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
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