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La Sociedad Filosófica Masónica ha ido creciendo en todo el mundo de manera constante. Si bien ofrecemos muchos recursos diferentes para que nuestros miembros crezcan y aprendan en línea, simplemente no hay sustituto para asistir al Centro de Estudios más cercano a usted. Cuando usted asiste a un Centro de Estudio de la Sociedad Filosófica Masónica tendrá la oportunidad, no sólo de escuchar a un orador, sino de participar en el diálogo.

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Is the worldview that the universe is Mental (or Spiritual) rather than Physical relevant today?
Date: 12/16/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Diego Segatore
Synopsis: Since the inception of Western Philosophy in Ancient Greece the Mind vs. Matter debate has been central to ontology. While Materialists believe that the world is ultimately material/physical and that mind is merely activity of the brain, the idealists' view is that reality and our universe is itself mental or immaterial. After Newtonian physics took hold of our scientific worldview many Materialist Philosophers declared victory over their Idealists rivals but the convulsions in physics caused by Relativity and Quantum Theory has put a large dent on this worldview. As early as the first half of the 20th century, British scientist Sir. James Jean wrote: "The Universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine." Further, scientific studies on ESP and other paranormal phenomena provide evidence for mind over matter.

Rebel, Rebel – was there a twist to JS Bach’s musical genius?
Date: 4/21/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Lin Gold
Synopsis: Was J.S. Bach a brilliant, but stodgy composer, as he’s often thought of, or an inspired rebel who was able to transcend the rules of composition, and of society? Pictures of J.S. Bach present the very image of respectability. The fact is, he was incredibly tough, and he bucked authority. As a young man, he was a street brawler; he publically tangled with musicians who didn’t meet his standards, and even once drew his sword on a rowdy bassoonist. Bach regularly challenged the church authorities and city governments who employed him. He even had a conflict with the Duke of Weimar that landed him in jail, and almost got him hanged. But what about the music? Was it “the great conclusion of all the music that came before it” – even though it was unlike anything that preceded it? In his music, Bach developed both toughness and resilience – works that were like great pieces of architecture - mathematically precise, but infused with beauty and inspiration on many levels. He fully developed the structure of modern tonal music, and then focused his rebellious nature to transcend form and create art of incredible depth and breadth. In Freemasonry, we study the arts and sciences so we can better understand the structure of our world, learn to focus our energies and manifest our potential. What clues do Bach’s life and music have for a traveler on the path of evolution?

What is Spectrum Disorder?
Date: 5/19/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Judith Champion
Synopsis: Conditions such as autism, ADHD, and Aspergers Syndrome are now designated as part of a spectrum of mental, emotional, and physical problems. Autism, in particular, can range from mild to disabling. An alarming trend is disclosed by recent CDC figures: autism has risen from 1 in 2,500 to 1 in 36 affected children in the last 19 years. As Freemasons we study the sciences. When we find some knowledge that might benefit others, it is shared. We will explore symptoms, possible causes, and ways to deal with spectrum problems. What is causing the increase? How must education methods change to help the affected individuals function in society?

Can symbologies & archetypes in Masonry & the I Ching be mutually supportive?
Date: 6/16/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Lynne Neville
Synopsis: How can the I Ching enrich our lives? Focus will be on the contemplative use of the I Ching, rather than on the divination use. We will especially highlight the fascinating ways that the archetypes and symbolism in the I Ching literature differ from our standard Western symbols and imagery. Particular emphasis will be placed on a deep understanding of the eight foundational trigrams. Can Masonic training in symbols and archetypes help us to better understand and absorb the messages of the I Ching? And can contemplation of the I Ching likewise enrich our Masonic Labors?

In Our World Today, is it Possible to Still Feel Wonder?
Date: 7/21/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Jill Alessandra
Synopsis: In his The Passions of the Soul, René Descartes proposed that wonderment is the first passion of all and asserted that those without this passion are very ignorant. With all of the pathways to information in our modern world, is it possible to still feel wonder, to experience a sense of mystery, and is it a sign of ignorance or of intelligence to do so? In Freemasonry we begin to wonder at the Universe, usually by a further study of ourselves, our world, and the seven liberal arts and sciences. We will look to Descartes idea of wonderment as a starting point to see what happens to us when our curiosity is piqued and we begin to ask “Why?"

Is Alzheimers a Manifestation of Consciousness?
Date: 8/18/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Lin Gold
Synopsis: There are myriad hypotheses about the causes of Alzheimers Disease (AD), mostly focused on environmental factors or lifestyle, and there is convincing evidence behind each one. But this diversity of causes implies that we don’t really understand the nature of the disease. A growing body of evidence shows that negative attitudes toward the elderly (and towards our own aging) has a profound influence on brain structure, and may be at the root of AD. What can we do about this fear and misconception? Freemasonry provides us with the tools to chip away illusion, reveal our true nature, and build a healthy understanding of self and of community. Can we change our attitudes, our consciousness, and turn the rising tide of Alzheimers Disease?

Who Were The Order of the Knights Templar and what led to their rise and fall?
Date: 9/15/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Shawna De Puente
Synopsis: There are many facts but much more fiction surrounding who The Order of the Knights Templar were and what their real purpose was intended to be. There is much that we do know to be factual such has how the Order first came into existence, how they invented the modern banking system, and a very lucrative import/export business. There is plenty of hype that has been generated through movies such as the Di Vinci Code surrounding the Templars. Some believe the Templars are still in existence living in secrecy. Others believe the Templars exist today through Freemasonry. How does an organization who amassed wealth and prestige just disappear? We will explore the rise and fall of The ‘Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon,’ more commonly known as the Knights Templar, or the Templars, was one of the most renowned military orders during the Middle Ages.

Does the Theory of a Holographic Universe Prove that Reality Is not Simple As We Believe?
Date: 10/20/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Diego Segatore
Synopsis: With the Copernican revolution we were forced to accept that the earth is not at the center of the Universe. With the advent of Relativity Theory and Quantum Theory, we realized what we experience in time and space is not exactly what everyone else around us experiences. A relatively new theory in Physics, mostly due to discoveries in astrophysics, is the idea that the universe we experience is really a 4-Dimensional hologram of a two-dimensiona. As Freemasons are always in search for truth, can studying the ideas and implications of a holographic universe help us find truth, or at least get a little closer to it?

Is it possible to talk in a way that kids will listen and to listen so that kids will talk?
Date: 11/17/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Jill Alessandra
Synopsis: There are many ways that people deal with children, giving advice, instruction, demands. Some see children as empty slates, needing us to fill them full of information. Others may see children as a fountain of possibility, needing the right conditions to unfold their inner potential. Is it possible to talk in a way that kids will listen? As Masons, we envision ourselves as rough material that must be hewn and polished to become a useful part of something bigger. Is there a way to work with children that is cooperative from both the adult and child? That touches and unfolds the child’s genuine self?

Can a number reveal your destiny?
Date: 12/15/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Judith Champion
Synopsis: Numbers are not simply tools for measuring and quantifying. Where and when did written numbers arise? As mathematics became more abstract, numbers and formulas became the universal language of science. Philosophers have attributed properties and energies to them, metaphysical and even spiritual. In religious contexts, 3, 7, 12, 30 and 40 occur frequently. Why was five revered by the Phythagoreans? Numerology grew out of their philosophy of numbers. The numerical values of your birth date and name may indicate lifelong energy patterns or influences. Certain numbers are prominent in Freemasonry and carry symbolic meaning especially when combined with geometry: 3-triangle, 4-square, etc. Are numbers entities that help us understand the natural world and forces? We will explore these ideas together.

"Un ser humano es parte de un todo, llamado por nosotros el universo, una parte limitada en el tiempo y el espacio.Sus pensamientos y sentimientos como algo separado del resto ... una especie de ilusión óptica de su conciencia. Esta ilusión es una Una especie de prisión para nosotros, que nos restringe a nuestros deseos personales y de afecto para unas pocas personas más cercanas a nosotros. Nuestra tarea debe ser Liberarnos de esta prisión ampliando nuestro círculo de compasión para abrazar a todas las criaturas vivas y toda la naturaleza en subelleza."
Albert Einstien
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