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Does the Trivium Method provide a path to intellectual freedom?
Date: 4/16/2019 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Aksel Suvari
Synopsis: Freedom is a necessary requirement for any candidate to 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 who 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 toward the mental freedom required to pursue these same mysteries and come one step closer to the door of Freemasonry.

The Hindu Law of Dharma: Antiquated Dogma or Inherent Duty?
Date: 5/21/2019 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Elaine Phelen
Synopsis: Dharma is an integral concept in many eastern religions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. In Hinduism, Dharma has been defined as a spiritual law which governs the necessary conduct of each individual. While there is no direct, one-word translation in the English language, Dharma can be described as duty, righteousness, or morality. The term signifies behaviors that are in accord with "Rta," i.e. the order that upholds the universe. How can someone uphold the natural order of the universe? There are aspects of Dharma that apply to everyone, such as cultivating the moral principles of perseverance, patience, and self-control, and aspects that are specific to each individual. This means that what is "right" action for one individual is "wrong" conduct for another.  A soldier's duty may require the individual to kill someone, but murder is incorrect conduct for a banker or teacher. What discernment is necessary to determine one's personal Dharma?Freemasonry calls on its members to follow an individual path while also working together to uplift humanity. The craft inspires the cultivation similar virtues to those considered part of the Dharma system, such as patience, fortitude, and prudence. How is Dharma similar to the teachings of Freemasonry? Can a universal law require different conduct from each individual?

Is Esotericism good for the world, and if so, why?
Date: 6/18/2019 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Henry Kelley
Synopsis: Many esoteric organizations have existed over the years and have done many good and charitable things, but what is the impact these organizations have had on their members or adherants? We will examine several different organizations to determine if their purpose has had a positive effect or if they have caused harm, or both.

Is Health Hacking the future of western medicine?
Date: 7/16/2019 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Sandy McKeown
Synopsis: Health hacking is the practice of using science, biology, and/or self-experimentation to take control of your health, mind and life. The health system in our country has been lacking in many ways for years. Healthcare for everyone has been a lost cause that will never be found. Doctors are overworked and controlled by corporations larger than themselves. The monthly premium of healthcare, the cost of prescriptions, doctor visits and exams extend beyond the limits of most. Many people are taking up the quest for increased health and longevity by applying the methods of health hacking. What will this mean for the future of healthcare? Is it ludicrous or sound judgment? How can this possibly relate to Freemasonry?

Are we better off or worse off today?
Date: 8/20/2019 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Matias Cumsille
Synopsis: The Philosophy of Freemasonry uses many tools such as symbols and rituals to help its members decipher the truth of reality from the fiction of one's perceptions. More now than ever, this skill is necessary. Our lives are constantly bombarded by stories of the downtrodden, the demise of the others, and the divisive nature of politics, education, and religion in society. Insomuch that many people believe the world now is in a worse state than in times past. Is this true? In this MPS meeting, we will look at the conditions of Man throughout the ages and compare them to our current state so we may separate truth from perception and answer the question of whether or not are we better off or worse off today?

The Moral Philosophy of Immanuel Kant: Is Morality Self-Evident or Taught?
Date: 11/19/2019 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Elaine Phelen
Synopsis: What is morality? There is an aphorism, “manners maketh man,” which implies that manners are fundamental to our humanity. However, do good manners equate to morally upright behavior? In his book, The Fundamentals of the Metaphysics of Morality, German Philosopher Immanuel Kant explains the essential metaphysical laws governing moral experience. He argues that these laws are metaphysical in that they can be discerned "a priori," i.e. by the exercise of pure reason and without external reference. In Metaphysics, Kant lays the foundation for his entire philosophy by developing the concept of a "Categorical Imperative," an absolute, unconditional requirement that must be obeyed in all circumstances, justified as an end in itself. Simply stated: Act only when you can will that such action should become a Universal Law for all mankind.  Freemasonry has been described as "a peculiar system of morality." Is morality specific to certain groups of individuals or universal for all of humanity? Is correct moral action self-evident or must it be taught?  Join the discussion to learn more about Masonry, morality, and the moral philosophy of Immanuel Kant.  

"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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