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What is Epigenetics and how does it affect our lives?
Date: 7/13/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Max Cumsille
Synopsis: When playing a song, knowing and reading the musical notes is as important as doing it at the right pace. In the score, the musical notes are placed sequentially, and different marks inform the musician about the style, speed and intensity with which they should be played. The human genome works in a similar way to a score, in which the DNA sequence contains instructions for producing proteins and other functional elements, and epigenetic mechanisms regulate how and to what degree they have to express themselves.

Is Deism really Atheism in disguise?
Date: 9/14/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Doyle Slack
Synopsis: Deism is the belief that while God exists and he created the universe, He has since been a "hands off" being - He is the clockmaker that has no need or want of adoration. He has created the world and it need no longer to concern itself with His presence. Deism, created at the time of the Age of Reason values the mysteries of Science and Nature to explain the world. Much of what the Deist values are also valued by the Atheist - a strong sense of morality, a foundation in science and reason, and no need for organized religion. Freemasons value science, nature and God, concepts which, to either the Atheist or Deist, may seem at odds with each other. We will discuss the similarities and differences between Deism and Atheism and determine if these two are closer in belief and nature than they first appear.

Is all happiness created equal?
Date: 10/12/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Jake Schlichting
Synopsis: John Stewart Mill proposed that happiness is the goal of mankind, but that there are different levels of happiness and that some are "better" than others as they promote the betterment of mankind versus being purely hedonistic. Freemasonry purports to work toward the perfection of humanity. Does that mean that we should eliminate frivolous pleasures from our lives?

Has war ever benefited humanity?
Date: 11/9/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Shawn Thorson
Synopsis: War is terrible - death, destruction, and misery abound as its result. However, some might argue that we might never have reached our current level of technology and civilization if war had not forced the issue. Is there ever truly a "just" war? Many Freemasons have served with distinction in the 19th and 20th Centuries - how did they reconcile the concepts of brotherhood and violence?

Is the search for meaning in life a moral obligation?
Date: 12/14/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Jamie Shuler
Synopsis: In his 1942 Philosophical Essay The Myth of Sisyphus, Albert Camus proclaims “There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.” Camus believed man’s search for meaning and happiness was a moral obligation, posing the meaning of life as the most urgent of life’s questions. Does the Masonic ideal to seek truth, paired with the duties to speak truth, be tolerant, and practice solidarity, support Camus’ question in proclaiming a reason for the work that is living?

"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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