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Santa Cruz Study Center
828 N Branciforte Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Is the reporting of facts more susceptible to manipulation than in the past?
Date: 4/23/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Karoli Clever
Synopsis: With social media and the echo chamber of news reporting, are facts too easily shaped to fit our own perceptions or to support certain biases? Is the younger generation rejecting this approach in order to search for a unifying history of mankind predating the tailored and biased history of the recent past? If so, this may lead to a new appreciation for rituals and mystical practices, like Freemasonry, that have the thread of ancient wisdom and spiritual growth woven through them.

Why do cultures and religious organizations create sacred space?
Date: 1/28/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Karen ONeil
Synopsis: This month we will explore the nature of sacred space and why cultures and various religious organizations create sacred space/sacred ground. Do such creations benefit humanity, or are they merely polite fictions that serve to control and manipulate the population? This MPS will further explore if Masonry regards certain spaces as sacred and whether such observations are relevant 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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