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Bentonville Study Center
12 McKissic Creek
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Is the Path of Initiation a Heros Journey?
Date: 9/28/2019 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Bro. Pamela McDown
Synopsis: The phrase “heros journey” or monomyth was made popular by Joseph Campbell in his book Hero with a Thousand Faces. Its the idea that one single protagonist undergoes a life-changing journey to come out the other side wiser than they began. How does the esoteric path of initiation compare to the twelve stages of the heros quest? Join us to see how Freemasons follow a similar journey of their own.

What is evil?
Date: 10/26/2019 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Bro. Chris Osborn
Synopsis: We often think that evil is something outside of us that can control our thoughts and actions to do things we know are not right. The concept has a religious basis in many respects, but what if it is something that can be located in the brain or DNA? If so, can we determine who might have evil tendencies well before they have the chance to perform any evil acts and work toward prevention? Is evil really evil or might it just be a disease or psychological condition? These are a few of the questions that will be explored using the ideas of Simon Baron-Cohen as a basis for discussion from his book entitled The Science of Evil.

What generation should you really have been born in?
Date: 11/30/2019 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Bro. Tom Simota
Synopsis: Silent, Boom, X, Y, or Z - which one is really me? A historical view of the various generations indicate specific qualities, atributes and interests that define a group born during a particular time period. While these statements tend to be averages that summarize births during a particular time, it's important to remember that individuality, critical thinking and right-relationship are unique to each soul-personality. Freemasons seek Truth - we shall explore the various generations and then determine where we land as a unique seeker in a span of time.

Do Planets Make Music?
Date: 12/28/2019 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Bro. Pamela McDown
Synopsis: The epic space flights of the Voyager I and II soaring across our Solar System have left researchers on the edge of their seats for decades. Passing by Uranus, Jupiter and Saturn, the probes recorded various emissions and electromagnetic vibrations. NASA had the idea to make those into sound recordings. As it turns out those sounds are deeply familiar to the human ear. Is this just a coincidence or does the Universe have a soundtrack? Join us as we listen to music that is out of this world. Learn how the music of the spheres echoes the teachings of Freemasonry.

"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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