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Were medieval stonemasons keepers of arcane wisdom?
Date: 9/9/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Andrea Katzer
Synopsis: The stonemasons of Medieval England were highly-skilled craftsmen to whom the principles of building made up a living science. They kept secret their methods of building and established the apprentice-to-journeyman-to-master system of educating men in their craft. The testimony to their exceptional work stands today in the many cathedrals and castles that still exist. As it is theorized that Freemasonry developed from the medieval stonemason's guilds, we will explore the question: "Did these medieval artisans have access to an arcane wisdom that they encoded into the Gothic cathedrals and numerous other structures they created?"

Does Freemasonry really have anything to do with the Ancient Mysteries?
Date: 10/14/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Kristine Wilson-Slack
Synopsis: The origin of Freemasonry has been debated by many - it’s beginnings shrouded by the passage of time and the secrecy demanded of its members. Some attribute its origins to operative Masonry, some to the Templars and others to much older esoteric traditions. We will examine several of the ancient mystery schools based on historical writings and discuss whether or not a connection can truly be made between Freemasonry and these old Initiatic rites.

Are there esoteric lessons to be gleamed from the progressive science of Mathematics?
Date: 11/11/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Joshua Fradenburg
Synopsis: As students progress in their studies of Mathematics, they build a deeper understanding of the postulations of mathematical principles. In modern “advanced” societies, the mathematical teachings focus on the machinations and manipulations of numbers and equations which are written on pages or white-boards. In this discussion, we will explore deeper lessons which lie within the progressive science of Mathematics. We will question if these esoteric lessons are relevant in the Modern Era. We will also draw on any parallels between the progressive natures of Mathematics and Freemasonry.

Is the Scientific Method obsolete?
Date: 12/9/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Kristine Wilson-Slack
Synopsis: The overall process of the scientific method involves making conjectures (hypotheses), deriving predictions from them as logical consequences, and then carrying out experiments based on those predictions. Some scientists have declared, as far back as 30 years ago, that "All models are wrong, but some are useful." The deluge of data and analytics may make the scientific method a thing of the past. Freemasons, who are lovers of nature and science have often used the Scientific method to explain the world and support their philosophies. We'll explore the ways that the scientific method hiders, and helps, Freemason's quests for Truth.

"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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