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Dallas Study Center

The Masonic Philosophical Society has been growing throughout the world steadily. While we offer many different resources for our members to grow and learn online, there is simply no substitute for attending the Study Center nearest you. When you attend a Study Center of the Masonic Philosophical Society you will have the opportunity, not only to hear from a speaker, but to participate in the dialogue.

Dallas Study Center
Unity Church 210 Virginia Street Irving, TX
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Is the universe truly logical?
Date: 2/18/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Isaac Levy
Synopsis: Logic is a discipline that has been studied for many ages dating back to the times of Socrates. It is used in mathematics, computer science, philosophy, and semantics. Its impact on technology and science has pushed humanity to greater heights. Is the universe in which we dwell truly logical or are there instances that cannot be explained with logic alone? Is Freemasonry another field of study impacted by Logic?

What is the nature of reality?
Date: 3/18/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Lin Gold
Synopsis: Since Einstein, physics has continued to search for a “theory of everything” – an understanding of the nature of reality. Some argue that there are parallel universes, with each of us having an infinite number of doppelgangers. Many think these multiverses (and our doppelgangers) periodically come crashing together in a stupendous, universal, star wrecks. Others think that time exists in layers, with everything happening simultaneously. Another hypothesis is that we live on the other side of a black hole, in a “white hole”, slowly expanding, like the out-breathing of Brahma, and that universes are nested, each one inside another, as spheres or planes of existence. Increasingly, creation stories of religion and ancient civilization seem to hold scientifically sound clues about the nature of the universe. Do our perceptions only provide a shadowy approximation of reality, or through systematic observation can we analyze, and logically understand what something is, and why things occur? What tools do we have to help us separate the real from the unreal and how does Freemasonry help?

Is the worldview that the universe is Mental (or Spiritual) rather than Physical relevant today?
Date: 4/15/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Diego Segatore
Synopsis: Since the inception of Western Philosophy in Ancient Greece the Mind vs. Matter debate has been central to ontology. While Materialists believe that the world is ultimately material/physical and that mind is merely activity of the brain, the idealists' view is that reality and our universe in itself mental or immaterial. After Newtonian physics took hold of our scientific worldview many Materialist Philosophers declared victory over their Idealists rivals but the convulsions in physics caused by Relativity and Quantum Theory has put a large dent on this worldview. As early as the first half of the 20th century, British scientist Sir. James Jean wrote: "The Universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine." Further, scientific studies on ESP and other paranormal phenomena provide evidence for mind over mater. Is the world in general, and the scientific world specifically, ready for the comeback of idealism?

Popular Biblical Beliefs: What do you believe and why?
Date: 5/20/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Shawna Depuente
Synopsis: Freemasonry encourages everyone to examine their beliefs and question why they believe as they do. During this conversation we will explore what we believe concerning some of the most popular beliefs in Christianity such as the Rapture and the Crucifixion. It is also important for us to discuss how historically accurate the Bible is and how does that history affect what we believe. The purpose of this study group is not to convince others of one's truth but come into knowing our own personal understanding of what happened so long ago.

What is Esotericism?
Date: 7/15/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Judith Champion
Synopsis: Esotericism is the studies of the Initiate who seeks to know the hidden mysteries of nature and science; thus leading him to inner knowledge.” Historically priests, initiates, and kings had knowledge which they kept hidden from the masses of ordinary people who might not understand it, or from those who might mis-use the power and control it could bestow. What are the definitions of the words occult, arcane, and esoteric? How do they differ? An esotericist is someone seeking deeper meaning, striving to pierce the veil of exoteric appearance to find higher truths, or to align with divine mind or plan. Some fields considered esoteric are: alchemy, Hermeticism, Astrology, theosophy and the seven rays, Gematria, and numerology. We will take a look at astrology and numerology in particular and explore how each is used as a key to understanding oneself or others.

How can we use historical astrology to understand historical events and illuminate our current political landscape?
Date: 9/16/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Lin Gold
Synopsis: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana What are the historical lessons of societal upheavals, populists movements and other times of crisis? What were the pitfalls and what were the benefits of these events? Are there any astrological clues to help us understand and benefit from the broad trend of populism we see now? “Now, more than at any time in our history, our species needs to work together … the political shift shows the majority of people are sick of the status quo and felt they had been “abandoned by their leaders.” … It was the moment when the forgotten spoke, finding their voices to reject the advice and guidance of experts and the elite everywhere.” - Stephen Hawking

What is the true nature of GMOs impact on Humanity?
Date: 10/21/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Shawna Depuente
Synopsis: A genetically modified organism, or GMO, is an organism that has had its DNA altered or modified in some way through genetic engineering. Some claim this is a game changer in combating world hunger and that genetically modified crops pose no greater risk to human health than conventional food. Others have concerns about the effect of pesticide resistance, the impact of GM crops for farmers and long term health effects. With both sides yelling loudly in our ears, what do you believe to be the truth? Freemasonry promotes the advancement of Humanity but are we evolving with GMOs or are we on a road to self-destruction?

Is language a bridge from the unreal to the real, or is the real unattainable through language?
Date: 11/18/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavorial Science
Presenter: Dennis Garza
Synopsis: French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan describes the theory of mind in three categories; “the imaginary, the symbolic, and the real”. The real for Lacan is posited as “that which is impossible to say or imagine”. But in the mystic tradition these terms may have a different meaning. There is a beautiful Sanskrit mantram from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad that says, “Asat oma Sat Gamaya Tamas oma Jyotir Gamaya Mrity orma amritam Gamaya” It translates as, “Lead me from the unreal to the real Lead me from the darkness to the Light Lead me from the temporal to the eternal” Psychoanalysts, philosophers, poets, and prophets have attempted to explain this concept of “the real” through the use of language for millennia. But is the portal to this illusive understanding found through the medium of language? Does the symbolic “language” of Freemasonry offer us a clue to the attainment of “the real?” Is this “the real” of Lacan, or “the real” of the mystic journey? Or both?

Is Anarchy the future of government?
Date: 12/16/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Matias Cumsille
Synopsis: When one thinks of anarchy, they think of angry citizens throwing benches at windows of innocent store owners. Why? Because it has been demonized by modern Democracy as a plague to be avoided. Anarchy a political philosophy that is rarely taught in schools. The word itself has morphed into a synonym for chaos. Yet, in its strict definition, it implies self-governance and voluntary institutions. In fact, Anarchy can be used to describe the freedom of Fraternal Organizations in which membership is based on the time old axiom: of your own free will and accord.

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Wisdom of Neoplatonism

"Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them."
Hypatia of Alexandria
Mathematician and Astronomer
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