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Is human behavior the leading cause of climate change?
Date: 2/8/2020 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Kathy Bidwell
Synopsis: Water vapor, methane, carbon dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons, and nitrous oxide are all contributors to the greenhouse effect that is heating up our planet's temperatures. But some of these are naturally occurring gases, which implies that humans are not the only contributor to climate change. Then there's Earth's cycle of temperature which is also related to the rising temperatures. Taking these factors into consideration, can we still lay the burden of climate change at humanity's feet? Come join the discussion and help decide what is the leading cause of climate change.

Can Villains Be Good?
Date: 3/28/2020 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Kristine Wilson-Slack
Synopsis: Heroism may be defined as the doing of an act which transcends the person and preserves the perceived "good" status quo. Yet, many heroes and villains walk the line between what we think of as good and bad. Contrary to popular belief, right and wrong, moral and immoral, ethical and unethical—are not always on opposite ends of the spectrum of good and evil. In addition, the people who fight for the cause on either side may not always look or act like the one you would expect. We'll explore some popular villains and decide for ourselves if they are truly the monsters culture has made them out to be.

Should Monotheism Still Be A Thing?
Date: 4/11/2020 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Carlo Brayda
Synopsis: A cursory overview of religion through the ages might indicate that Animism gave rise to Polytheism, out of which Monotheism evolved, to see us living through an age with Atheism being ever more prevalent. How true is that though? This session will be geared at exploring what religion is, why it is part of our culture, and how our understanding of it changes in time. We will explore the often contentious links between religion and Freemasonry, and see if Freemasonry can help us understand religion better.

Philosophy of the Mind and Artificial intelligence?
Date: 6/13/2020 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Berta Armenteras Andreu
Synopsis: The Philosophy of the mind focuses its center of research around the relationship between the mind and the body, particularly the brain and how its processes define the nature of consciousness. If the link between the body and conscience exists, then a machine could also contain a certain type of Artificial Intelligence on a body of its own that would allow for their own consciousness. Is this intersection possible? We'll discuss different theories, including how a sustainable development of AI is necessary for the betterment of humanity, a goal toward which all Freemasons aspire.

"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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