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Colorado Springs Study Center
A.F.H.R. Library and Museum9070 South Douglas Blvd.Larkspur, CO 80118
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Do Good and Evil really exist?
Date: 2/12/2019 6:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Doyle Slack
Synopsis: In religion, ethics, and philosophy, the concept of "good and evil" is a dichotomy which appears to be universal. Every language has a word expressing good in the sense of "having the right or desirable quality" and bad in the sense "undesirable." But who decides what is “good” and what is “evil?” A requirement of becoming a Freemason is that one is upright - having a strong moral compass. We will discuss differing viewpoints of whether “good” and “evil” truly exist and how they relate to the concept of morality.

Antibiotic Resistant Disease and Balds Leechbook: Modern Medical Answers?
Date: 3/12/2019 6:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Elaine Phelen
Synopsis: Over the past forty years, the public health impact of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has evolved from a controllable nuisance into a serious concern. Staphylococcus Aureus or staph bacteria commonly live on our skin and in our environment. They can, however, get inside the body and cause serious infections. When common antibiotics cease to kill the staph bacteria, this type of staph is referred to as MRSA. Acknowledged by the U.S. Center of Disease Control as "public health’s ticking time bomb," antibiotic resistance threatens to return our world to the time when simple infections proved fatal.

Is The Walden of Thoreau Performance Art?
Date: 4/9/2019 6:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Kristine Wilson-Slack
Synopsis: Thoreau was a disobedient, sarcastic fellow, and much of his philosophy and essays of the early 19th C provides us a view into not only the times but his deeply-felt convictions of how humanity should live and be. This is never more true than with Walden. Walden may be a bit of performance art to show people who complain how easy it is to actually live. The writing could also be the convictions of a true philosopher, bent on bringing people back to a more natural life. The Freemason might take Walden to be a treatise in keeping with an authentic, natural life. Yet, if it was performance art only, it might be a political statement of the times or a one-man revolution in consciousness. Maybe the book is a bit of both.

Is Climate Change Real?
Date: 6/11/2019 6:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Isaac Levy
Synopsis: Everyday we are bombarded with images of polar bears losing their homes from polar ice cap loss and stories about how we will be underwater in just a few years. There is a heated debate as to whether we are responsible for this or just helping it along. Some people do not think it is happening at all. Can the teachings of Mystery Schools such as Freemasonry give us an insight into our past? Is climate change a new thing for us or do do we have clues of this happening in the past?

"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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