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Santa Cruz Study Center
828 N Branciforte Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Hiram MPS is dark in December. No Meeting.
Date: 12/16/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Not Applicable
Synopsis: No Meeting.

Does esoteric poetry have a place in modern America?
Date: 1/26/2020 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Bro. Kathy Bidwell
Synopsis: During various periods of history, esoteric poetry has served to inspire a mystical connection between the reader and Truth. Esoteric poetry also serves as a tool for the author to hone their understanding of the Divine as they translate their inspiration into meaningful prose. With breakthroughs in data science and Artificial Intelligence, this artful route to Truth may no longer be relevant. Freemasons take many paths to discover Truth, which might include the study of Nature and Science or appreciation of art such as poetry.

The case against reality: do we perceive the world as it really is and does it really matter?
Date: 2/23/2020 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Scott Young
Synopsis: Challenging leading scientific theories that claim that our senses report back objective reality, cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman argues in his book: "The Case Against Reality" that while we should take our perceptions seriously, we should not take them literally. How can it be possible that the world we see is not objective reality? And how can our senses be useful if they are not communicating the truth? In this discussion we will explore concepts from this book and how the relate to mystery school teachings and modern concepts from physics and cognitive science.

What did Pythagoras discover about music?
Date: 3/22/2020 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Scott Young
Synopsis: According to legend, Pythagoras discovered the foundations of musical tuning by listening to the sounds of four blacksmith's hammers, which produced consonance and dissonance when they were struck simultaneously. This resulted in the 12 tone scale that has concepts that relate to sacred geometry. We will explore the history and structure of this scale and how it fits into esoteric concepts of the time that are still current today.

"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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