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Denver Study Center
Englewood Public Library 1000 Englewood Pkwy Englewood, CO 80110
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Should advancements in science have to adhere to a moral code?
Date: 10/17/2017 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Cristina McNeirney
Synopsis: Two fundamental principles of the Masonic Order are a strong moral code and the advancement of knowledge through the study of the natural sciences; both founding principles essentially are meant to benefit humanity. However, what are the repercussions when science doesn’t adhere to a code of morals? Should technological advancements still be allowed if it endangers the livelihood of the human race?

Interactive art: tool for personal change or playful ruse?
Date: 11/21/2017 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Olimpia Sandoval
Synopsis: Some artists are attempting to collapse the relationship between art and the audience by allowing the spectator to become the art itself. What lessons are available when we become the art? Could we gain greater understanding of ourselves by moving from the sidelines to the stage? Interactive Art, as Masonry, offers the opportunity to be part of the creation: a piece that is greater than the sum of its parts. Unlike Masonry, Interactive Art is constrained by the vision and confinement of the artist and his intention for the piece. Masonry is generous; while it offers guidelines, does it allows the individual to mold himself as his own masterpiece?

Should certain books be banned from the public?
Date: 12/19/2017 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Isaac Levy
Synopsis: America prides itself on the First Amendment, the freedom of speech. However, the American Library Association receives hundreds of complaints annually for certain books to be banned due to offensive ideas, sexually explicit content, or racial context. Many countries have books banned as well. Should certain books be banned from the public? Does this protect society or oppress society? Would Freemasonry, being an institution that fosters learning, advocate the banning of certain publications from the public?

"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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