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Is the rigidness of the Scientific Method a barrier to Free Thinking?
Date: 12/9/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Nelly Fladstol
Synopsis: Freemasonry teaches that the study of science is key to the advancement of humanity. The Scientific Method is a formulaic process of thinking and testing of new ideas, which without, there would not be progress which opens our minds to explore. So often we come up with hypotheses about why things are the way they are. We can test these predictions in various ways, including making further observations about nature. However, Freemasonry also teaches that free thinking (thinking out of the box) is also critical to our evolution. How do we resolve this apparent dichotomy?

Should "reasonableness" be removed from the Fourth Amendment?
Date: 1/20/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Jamie Shuler
Synopsis: In the 1989 US Supreme Court Case "Graham v. Connor," the Court ruled that an objective reasonableness standard should apply to Delthorne Graham's claims of excessive use of force by police officers, after he was arrested while suffering a T1 Diabetic Shock. The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution aims to protect free citizens from "unreasonable" search & seizure, a term that does not carry a definitive meaning, but must rely on the judgement of the one employing it. Graham lost the case, and the consequences of this Amendment continue to open the door of conversation today. Freemasonry teaches that Justice should be upheld for all - as a part of this discussion we will discuss whether this interpretation of Constitutional Law ensures or blocks justice for those who believe that they have been mistreated by those who are sworn to protect everyone.

Does Rational Thought Have a Limit?
Date: 2/10/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Doyle Slack
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 outsiders perspective on Asimovs tale and look inwardly in how we derive our beliefs and what we consider to be truth.

Are the Purpose of Religion and of Mankind in Opposition?
Date: 3/10/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Lee Dunn
Synopsis: The word Religion is a word that covers a vast number of ideas. It is the science of understanding ourselves and our relationship with all other beings. Religion is one of the strongest and innate elements in human character. Freemasonry requires a belief in a higher power, but leaves it to the individual to determine the nature of that power. In the greater number of human-beings religion goes unnoticed and unattended. There are still others that go regularly or at least occasionally to places of worship, they preform the required rituals and utter the proper phrases, but there is no soul and heart value to their actions. Everyone eventually comes to a stage in life when they awaken to the existence of the world around them, they may ask the question, what is the nature of this place Im in and what is the role Im to play in it?

Why Do People Refuse to Believe the Findings of Science?
Date: 5/12/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Shawn Thorson
Synopsis: Research has repeatedly shown that reasonable-seeming people can be totally irrational. Even after the evidence for their beliefs has been refuted, people often fail to make appropriate revisions in those beliefs. Freemasons are taught to study the arts and sciences - science is perhaps the surest system we have for arriving at the truth of any matter, and yet we see that many people fail to be convinced of its findings. Why is this, and how can we better avoid falling into the trap of unreasonable beliefs?

Does Art Truly Inspire Humanity to Excel?
Date: 6/9/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Nelly Fladstol
Synopsis: Inspirational art is often found in work spaces to encourage employees to be more productive. There is an increasing amount of companies using art in their offices, as well as playing background music, believing that it makes for better quality work. Freemasons are told that it is important to study art of all kinds to expand their minds. Art is everywhere, influencing us on a daily basis, whether we realize it or not. Art used to be something reserved for the wealthy and highly educated classes, but with art surrounding us at every turn today - whether a painting, music or even videos - does it still have it a huge impact on our moods and emotions, or are we becoming numb to its effects?

Does Fiction Build or Break the Morality of Individuals and Societies?
Date: 7/14/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Jamie Shuler
Synopsis: The effects of fictional literature on the human condition has been a topic of discussion among societies throughout time. Book bans and burnings, the FCC, even Plato had strong opinions on allowing fiction to be read by the masses. As Freemasons, we believe in freedom - including freedom of expression. What are the actual dangers of fiction, though? And if they exist, can we find the opposing power in fiction that would equally serve us?

Are the Mind and Body Two Distinct Substances?
Date: 9/8/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Doyle Slack
Synopsis: Rene Descartes posited that the mind and the body of a person are separate but united, constantly influencing each other. Later scientists and philosophers, such as Gilbert Ryle, believed that the body and its activities are what comprise the mind. With several different theories of the nature of the Mind and Body, it is important for Freemasons to determine where their thoughts lay because the Mason is taught to work to use his mind to control his bodies actions - but is this truly possible?

What would our Founding Fathers think of the Supreme Court Today?
Date: 11/10/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Doyle Slack
Synopsis: Many of the Founding Fathers of this country were either Freemasons, or their ideals aligned closely with Masonic principles. They defined a system of government with checks and balances consisting of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches. All of these have evolved over time, but the role of the Supreme Court has changed significantly, some would say far beyond what the Founding Fathers had in mind.

"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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