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Does the music we listen to have an effect on our health and well being?
Date: 1/19/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Karen Phelps
Synopsis: Throughout history, music has been used to influence social change, heal physical, emotional, mental and spiritual suffering, restore lost speech, encourage and motivate, treat trauma, strengthen warriors and unnerve or scare enemies. In this discussion we will explore the powerful affect of music on our state of mind and learn how to choose appropriate music more consciously for the desired result. We will also examine how Freemasonry uses sound and music in its rituals to evoke varied responses.

What is Truth? Is it subjective or objective in its nature and why should that matter to us?
Date: 2/16/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Christina Galeassi
Synopsis: To delve deeper into our understanding of Truth, we'll explore the concepts of subjective and objective truth. Many a great mind has grappled with attempting to define the nature of Truth, including Albert Einstein and Rabindranath Tagore, a Nobel laureate Indian philosopher, musician and poet. The two met in July 1930 to discuss and examine their differing viewpoints on philosophy, science, beauty and human Truth. A short synopsis of this conversation will be examined and debated, followed by a discussion on the role philosophy plays in Freemasonry.

What are the hidden messages and symbolism in allegorical art?
Date: 3/16/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Tracy Leavey
Synopsis: Allegorical art was a frequent form of art used by artists to express religious beliefs, political opinions or personal experience without being forthcoming on their own beliefs and observations. The artist's opinion on such matters may not align with the common practices of the era, so painting with symbolism became a way of creating his story. The hidden message in his work would only become apparent with a deeper study of the artist himself and what symbol he used to represent a subject. Everyone loves a good story, right? Perhaps the story gets more interesting because we need to interpret the symbolism or maybe the work of art gets more interesting because we know there is hidden meaning. Is an allegorical work of art a good analogy of the journey of a Freemason? At this MPS we will dissect and discuss the story being told in several different pieces of art from Renaissance and Contemporary artists.

What does it mean to Grok or Understand in Fullness?
Date: 10/19/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Chris Osborn
Synopsis: Robert Heinlein's book "Stranger in a Strange Land" was highly controversial for its time in many ways. It introduced a concept of Grok, which can be defined in several ways including "to drink," "to understand in fullness," "to understand intuitively or by empathy," "to establish rapport with," and "to empathize or communicate sympathetically with," and also "to experience enjoyment". This term has been largely accepted in several communities to describe concepts that are difficult to explain in words. Yet, how can we apply this concept to our own lives and to Freemasonry in particular? Is this the same as Divine Knowledge?

"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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