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Denver Study Center
Englewood Public Library 1000 Englewood PkwyEnglewood, CO 80110
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Can the Atlantean visions of Edgar Cayce teach us about our origins and future?
Date: 8/20/2019 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Aksel Suvari
Synopsis: Edgar Cayce, also known as "America's Sleeping Prophet", was a mystic and seer of early twentieth century America who achieved national renown for his channeled visions of past lives. After countless thousands of individual readings Cayce began to discern the fragmented history of the continent and civilization of Atlantis. What he discovered about the forgotten land was recorded by his sons and offers many insights into human nature, the rise and fall of nations and the possible futures that await us.

Are we better off or worse off today?
Date: 9/17/2019 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Matias Cumsille
Synopsis: The Philosophy of Freemasonry uses many tools such as symbols and rituals to help its members decipher the truth of reality from the fiction of one's perceptions. More now than ever, this skill is necessary. Our lives are constantly bombarded by stories of the downtrodden, the demise of the others, and the divisive nature of politics, education, and religion in society. Insomuch that many people believe the world now is in a worse state than in times past. Is this true? In this MPS meeting, we will look at the conditions of Man throughout the ages and compare them to our current state so we may separate truth from perception and answer the question of whether or not are we better off or worse off today?

Has Science Failed Us by Constantly Aggregating Us into Averages?
Date: 10/15/2019 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Chris Osborn
Synopsis: Are you an average person? We are measured regularly against various averages such as grades, performance ratings, personality tests, physical characteristics, and many more. We assume that our comparisons to these metrics have a great deal of meaning about who we are, and we don’t question these ingrained assumptions. But the reality is that none of us are average and the assumption that we are is “spectacularly – and scientifically – wrong” according to Todd Rose, the author of The End of Average. Letting go of these assumptions about ourselves and others may allow us to unlock our potential rather than always trying to conform to a standard that may have little relevance to us as individuals. Freemasonry asks us to know ourselves and gives us tools to do so, but at times it is necessary to shake our foundations and see what lies underneath to really understand who we are and what we can be.

The Moral Philosophy of Immanuel Kant: Is Morality Self-Evident or Taught?
Date: 11/19/2019 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Elaine Phelen
Synopsis: What is morality? There is an aphorism, “manners maketh man,” which implies that manners are fundamental to our humanity. However, do good manners equate to morally upright behavior? In his book, The Fundamentals of the Metaphysics of Morality, German Philosopher Immanuel Kant explains the essential metaphysical laws governing moral experience. He argues that these laws are metaphysical in that they can be discerned "a priori," i.e. by the exercise of pure reason and without external reference. In Metaphysics, Kant lays the foundation for his entire philosophy by developing the concept of a "Categorical Imperative," an absolute, unconditional requirement that must be obeyed in all circumstances, justified as an end in itself. Simply stated: Act only when you can will that such action should become a Universal Law for all mankind.  Freemasonry has been described as "a peculiar system of morality." Is morality specific to certain groups of individuals or universal for all of humanity? Is correct moral action self-evident or must it be taught?  Join the discussion to learn more about Masonry, morality, and the moral philosophy of Immanuel Kant.  

How is surrealism a key to harmonizing the sub- and conscious minds?
Date: 12/17/2019 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Katie Cumsille
Synopsis: Surrealism is an artistic movement that began in 1924. Known for its unusual and mind-provoking images and writings, surrealism works to integrate the subconscious with the conscious mind. Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, and Frida Kahlo are renowned for their artistic understanding of surrealism. We will interpret some of these famous artists' work in pursuit of better understanding of the human psyche and the realm of principles as well as its juxtaposition to 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
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