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Are we living in the Matrix?
Date: 1/13/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Christina Murphy
Synopsis: Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, recently stated that humanity is most likely living in a simulation because we exist. While Musk may have brought this concept into mainstream consciousness, the idea of a simulated or created reality is not new. In this discussion we will examine some philosophical and psychological ideas related to this topic and will address the question "are we living in the Matrix?". How, then, can Freemasonry help to answer this question for each individual?

How Did Freemasonry Influence Mormonism?
Date: 2/10/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Matias Cumsille
Synopsis: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was founded in the early Second Revival by Joseph Smith, a young boy from upstate New York. His story of becoming the 1st modern prophet is one of dedication, sacrifice, and promise. His journey would take him from New York across the plains of a young America to a destiny of martyrdom and Freemasonry. Join us as we discuss the history of the Joseph Smith and how his experience as a Freemason influenced one of the fastest growing Christian churches.

How does Bad or Good Faith affect us in our daily lives?
Date: 3/10/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Anthony Sokol
Synopsis: Are we living in good faith or bad faith? Bad faith, a philosophical aspect of French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, he describes the phenomenon where a human being under pressure from societal forces adopts false values and disowns their innate freedom to act authentically. This MPS discussion we will explore the concepts of bad faith in three interactive demonstrations (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) and discuss freedom and choice, conscious awareness of these choices, and how bad faith can affect the work done in Freemasonry. Come join me in this interactive MPS to find out if you act in a liberated fashion or act in a way that is expected of you.

Is the story of Jesus Christ a story of the stars?
Date: 4/14/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Isaac Levy
Synopsis: Christianity has been one of the most influential forces for the last thousand years. The story of Jesus is essential to Christianity as a core part of its philosophy. However, Christianity may have incorporated other aspects of existing religions in order to convert more members. The sun was a subject of worship in ancient times. Is the Bible something that should be taken literally or are there any esoteric messages or meanings contained within its texts? Is the story of Jesus Christ a solar story?

Does the Trivium Method provide a path to intellectual freedom?
Date: 5/12/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Aksel Suvari
Synopsis: Freedom is a necessary require for any candidate for Freemasonry. In the modern age and especially in the West we think of ourselves as inherently free but how independent are our thoughts? Are we really free from those would control our minds? Throughout history the Trivium Method of critical thinking has been used by great minds to explore the hidden mysteries of Nature and Science. By examining the Trivium Method and the logical fallacies we will carve a path towards the mental freedom required to pursue these same mysteries and come one step closer to the door of Freemasonry.

What Special Bond Do Humans Share with the Animal Kingdom?
Date: 6/9/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Maryone Lloyd
Synopsis: Dogs and cats were buried with humans over 12,000 years ago supporting the assertion that pets and humans had a very special bond even then. Our ancestors started this relationship for practical, utilitarian reasons as domestication of animals allowed our species to survive. We were able to use them as extensions of ourselves and as tools to help us hunt and catch prey. Recent studies; however, showed that when dogs and humans hold eye contact, both species experience increased levels of oxytocin, a chemical associated with maternal bonding. It seems that human-animal bond has only strengthened over time. Does this bond perhaps serves to remind us of our responsibilities towards the other kingdoms and nature? What views do Freemasonry and other esoteric bodies hold about this bond/oneness of the Kingdoms of Earth?

Why is Superman Our Superhero?
Date: 7/7/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Dalia Espinosa
Synopsis: Masonry calls for introspective analysis as well as awareness of whatever we understand of the world. This is not an easy task. It requires constant observation of our actions and constant observation of the world as well as the connections of them both. The connections of the cultural influences we are exposed to and our reactions are the base of our personal pillars. This topic was chosen considering that Superman is one worldwide known influence we can analyze because it influenced our infancy and informative years. In order to make an introspective study of ourselves we should take in consideration all our surroundings and the influences we have from childhood to adulthood. During this meet up we will analyze the psychology of Superman. In hope to grasp an understanding of the reasons why this character won not only world fame but sustain its relevance since his creation even to today. With no doubt, Superman has been one of the most recognizable fictional icons of the world.

What Causes Dreaming?
Date: 9/14/2019 3:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Katie Cumsille
Synopsis: During the early to mid 1900s scientists believed that dreaming was a mechanical process that helped to reboot the mind each night. Through the years research has shown that the mind is doing more than acting like a computer. So what is the mind up to at night? Many individuals speak to having prophetic dreams that speak to them of future events and feelings. There are those who say that they can connect with other realms each night through dreaming. Are they exaggerating their capabilities or is there something to deeper going on? Join us as we discuss this relevant and personal topic through the perspective of a Mason. Come ready to investigate What Causes Dreaming?

Orpheus, Hades, and The Shawshank Redemption
Date: 10/13/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Cat Pedini
Synopsis: What is hope, where do we find it, and how can we use it in a world that is sometimes very dark? We will examine the idea of hope and how it is used in myths and stories, both old and new. Can Freemasonry and these tales help shine a light on our own stories, and help guide us out of dark places?

We are What We Eat, Can We Heal Ourselves With the Proper Diet?
Date: 11/10/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Klaudia Suszcynska
Synopsis: Superfoods, anti-oxidants, probiotics are all modern terms used to identify food that promotes a healthier lifestyle and could potentially cure everything from the common cold to cancer. Can we really heal our bodies and improve our mental health with the proper diet? what special properties do these foods have? does Freemasonry promote a healthier lifestyle?

"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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