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Does rational thought have a limit?
Date: 12/16/2017 2:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Katie Cumsille
Synopsis: Isaac Asimov, a world-renowned author and biochemist, wrote many wonderful fanatical stories of artificial intelligence. One of his short stories, known as Reason, gives a compelling argument on the limits of rational thought and creation. Join us as we take an outsider's perspective on Asimov's tale and look inwardly in how we derive our beliefs and what we consider to be truth.

Are you a bystander, warrior, general, or king?
Date: 1/20/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Katie Cumsille
Synopsis: Man can be divided into many different categories. In this month's MPS we will ask ourselves what category of human are we: bystander, warrior, general, or king and we will use Frank Herbert's classic science fiction, Dune, to help answer the question. Why must we categorize ourselves? Many believe it isn't necessary and some ways they are right. However, by separation we can see how humanity is truly united. This is the very purpose of Freemasonry. Together we will discover whether we are the common man, Fremen, Leto, or Paul. (Note: reading the book prior to attending this Meetup is not necessary!)

How Does Guilt Function in Our Consciousness and Our Brain?
Date: 2/17/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Christina Galeassi
Synopsis: We all experience guilt to varying degrees, some of which is useful and healthy and some of which is not. We will examine in this months discussion how guilt functions in our consciousness by very briefly exploring these themes in Shakespeares MacBeth and Oscar Wildes The Picture of Dorian Grey (no need to have read these) and then take a look at what the fields of psychology and neuroscience have to say on the subject. By seeking to understand what contributes to guilt-trips, we can learn to distinguish between that which is meant for our own and others well-being and that which is merely dysfunctional so we can become more free in our daily living, which should be the goal of every Freemason.

When Did the Art of Dance Originate and What Are the Mechanics?
Date: 3/17/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Tracy Leavey
Synopsis: In a dance performance, the dancers movements create a changing combination of line, motion, pattern, tension, and rhythm. It is joined together with music to tell a story. Just as with the art of dance, Freemasonry requires a vision, synchronization, grace, mobility and connection in order to create a memorable experience for all those involved. Let’s step back in time on a journey together through one of the most popular ways of self-expression that has lasted, not without controversy, through the ages.

Can A Diverse Religious Community Such As Wicca Have a Theology?
Date: 4/21/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Janet Lowther
Synopsis: Wicca is an extremely diverse religion. Some believers may only acknowledge a Goddess, A Goddess and God, Goddess, God and unknowable creator, or whole pantheons worth of deities. With there being such a diversity of belief what theological elements bring it together into a functioning religion? Join us as we investigate the complex world of Wicca and how, if at all, it relates to Freemasonry.

Are Rites of Passage Important?
Date: 7/21/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Christina Galeassi
Synopsis: Rites of passage are diverse and have been found throughout many cultures, marking the transitions in life such as birth, puberty, adulthood, old age, and death. Ritual ceremonies are intended to mark the passage from one life phase to another and link the individual to the community and the community to a broader and more potent spiritual world. As Freemasonry seeks to learn from the triumph and tragedies of our ancestors, in order to move beyond the mistakes of those who came before us or carry forth wisdom gained the Freemason must ask Is Western society missing this link to help guide us?

Is the evolution of language an indication of the evolution of man?
Date: 8/18/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Katie Cumsille
Synopsis: How well do you understand your native language? Its intricate and complex nature causes misunderstandings and conflict as well as communicates feelings and emotions. There is no group of people, including Freemasons, that do not exhibit a level of language, whether it be complex or simple. Such variation in language leads one to ask: Is there a connection between an extensive language system and the evolution of its speakers? Join us as we study the foundation of psycholinguistics and see if we can correlate it to Man's evolution, and more especially to our own personal evolution.

"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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