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La Cime du rêve - Les Surréalistes et Victor Hugo | Maisons de Victor Hugo | Paris - Guernesey

La Cime du rêve - Les Surréalistes et Victor Hugo | Maisons de Victor Hugo | Paris - Guernesey | Euro-American Masonic Open Forum | Scoop.it
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The Euro American Masonic Open Forum will focus substantial effort on following a wide range of Museums and Libraries around the world.  

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Plot by Freemason(s) to topple Cuban dictatorship.

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This story from Newsweek while apparently quite substantive nevertheless reads like a Hollywood script.  Life can be like that.  This story needs to be situated in a much broader and deeper understanding of the remarkable history of Freemasonry in Cuba and changes now underway.  

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Black Member Tests Message of Masons in Georgia Lodges - NYTimes.com

Black Member Tests Message of Masons in Georgia Lodges - NYTimes.com | Euro-American Masonic Open Forum | Scoop.it
Freemasonry rules do not say that members must be white, but two complaints and a lawsuit raise the question.
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Bravery is rewarded out of its own worth.  

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Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library: The Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen: A Membership Certificate

Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library: The Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen: A Membership Certificate | Euro-American Masonic Open Forum | Scoop.it
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen was founded in 1873, in Port Jervis, New York, by Joshua Alexander Leach (1843-1919), as a fraternal mutual benefit society for workers employed as firemen for steam locomotives.
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The similarlity betwen different fraternal socities and Freemasonry throughout the late eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries remains an important topic of scholarly and Masonic Research.   

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ANZMRC 2014 biennial conference Cairns Far North Queensland

ANZMRC 2014 biennial conference Cairns Far North Queensland | Euro-American Masonic Open Forum | Scoop.it
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More on research into Freemasonry from Australia 

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2014SymposiumRegistrationSRMML.pdf

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Thanks to Adam Kendall at the Library and Museum of the Grand Lodge of California, USA. 

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UNION MASONICA UNIVERSAL RITO MODERNO

UNION MASONICA UNIVERSAL RITO MODERNO | Euro-American Masonic Open Forum | Scoop.it
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A new research lodge is established at the Mixed Grand Lodge of Ecuador and the Andes ((GLMAE)

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Startseite - sgovds Webseite!

Startseite - sgovds Webseite! | Euro-American Masonic Open Forum | Scoop.it
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After ten years of hard work the Grand Orient of Germany is making itself better known to the world.  

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The Qur'an in the Craft Degrees

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by Rashied K. Sharrieff-Al-Bey, PM - Cornerstone Lodge #37 M .·. W .·. Prince Hall Grand Lodge, F.·. & A.·. M.·., New York Over the years, several times the question has arisen about handling t...
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This is from a long time student of the Quran who began a dialoue with a fellow Freemason.  

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Masonic mystery

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The Freemasons have been in Ireland for 300 years and have 22,000 members. Stephen Rogers goes in search of what happens behind the doors of lodges where their meetings take place
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Here is a good introduction to Irish Freemasonry showing some of the past and what may be a new day or tradition involving men and women. 

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Design for Learning Spaces and Innovative Classrooms

Design for Learning Spaces and Innovative Classrooms | Euro-American Masonic Open Forum | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Pierre Levy
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The lodge since its modern inception in the 18th century is a chapter in the history of places of learning.  What lies ahead for the lodge as a place of learning if it is to engage wider civil society at local and global levels?  

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, November 11, 2013 11:54 AM

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Moving through time and space - Learning history on the moveAuthor(s):Alexander König, Daniel Bernsen

Learning Spaces as Accelerators of Innovation Ecosystem DevelopmentAuthor(s):Markku Markkula, Pia Lappalainen, Kari Mikkelä


The ritual and the rhythm: interacting with augmented reality, visual poetry and storytelling across the streets of scattered L’AquilaAuthor(s):Giuliana Guazzaroni


Research challenges in informal social networked language learning communitiesAuthor(s):Katerina Zourou


Easing access to digital libraries with m-DSpaceAuthor(s):Isaias Barreto da Rosa, David Lamas


The e-Learning Café project of the University of Porto: innovative learning spaces, improving students’ engagement in active and collaborative learningAuthor(s):ligia ribeiro, Andrea Pera Vieira, Pedro Leão Ramos Ferreira Neto, Maria Pinto


A New Direction for the Learner Experience. Engaging Students in Participatory Design of a 21st Century Classroom Chair-DeskAuthor(s):Andrei Dacko


Välkky library bus - A service, interaction and spatial design for engaging and creative learningAuthor(s):Dipti Sonawane, Teemu Leinonen


Translating user perspective into spatial designAuthor(s):Mirja Lievonen, Mikko Vesisenaho


ICT and class design at the CLCS language modules in Trinity College DublinAuthor(s):Celia (Vasiliki) Antoniou

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Masons prepare for mixed sex lodge in Aberdare - BBC News

Masons prepare for mixed sex lodge in Aberdare - BBC News | Euro-American Masonic Open Forum | Scoop.it
BBC News Masons prepare for mixed sex lodge in Aberdare BBC News Mr Roberts spoke to BBC Wales' Peter Johnson as the officials from the International Order of Freemasonry prepared to launch the first masonic lodge in Wales which will be open to...
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Some news from Wales of possible interest to the rest of the Anglophone world. 

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Henry W. Coil - Library & Museum of Freemasonry

Henry W. Coil - Library & Museum of Freemasonry | Euro-American Masonic Open Forum | Scoop.it
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This site will with some regularity post on the Masonic librarires and museums of the world.   Here is something from California. 

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Prince Hall Monument Unveiling Ceremony - YouTube

On May 15th, 2010, the City of Cambridge, unveiled its first monument to an African-American civil rights activist, social reformer, fraternal Pioneer, Princ...
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Prince Hall, African Lodge and what occured next is given high honor in the City of Cambridge.  The honor by all of America is long overdue.  

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Tablier du Rite Français, collection du musée du Grand Orient de France

Tablier du Rite Français, collection du              musée du Grand Orient de France | Euro-American Masonic Open Forum | Scoop.it
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This is the first image on this curated site to be taken from Museum of Freemasonry at the Grand Orient of France on rue Cadet in France. Thanks to Claude D' ARCHE, a member of the Science Committee at the Museum.  

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GW Freemasons open their doors, forge ties with Gelman Library

GW Freemasons open their doors, forge ties with Gelman Library | Euro-American Masonic Open Forum | Scoop.it
But Nicholas Sampogna, a 2010 GW alumnus and Mason, dismissed the stereotype that Masons are secretive and all-powerful. Share this:FacebookTwitterGoogleRedditPinterestEmail
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An American Lodge of Freemasonry  working at George Washington University in Washingtond DC.  

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How Many Earth-like planets are out there?

How Many Earth-like planets are out there? | Euro-American Masonic Open Forum | Scoop.it

"Astronomers using NASA data have calculated for the first time that in our galaxy alone, there are at least 8.8 billion stars with Earth-size planets in the habitable temperature zone.  For perspective, that's more Earth-like planets than there are people on Earth."


Via Seth Dixon
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This puts some perspective on human endeavor as great as that might be.  Beyond us there is a vast universe of discovery.  

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Greg Russak's curator insight, December 20, 2013 9:20 AM

I love this kind of news. I just wish it was more scientific and less hyperbolic.

Here's my only gripe with this article. I can't believe someone like a UC Berkley planet hunter named Geoff Marcy would actually talk about the radio silence issue without somehow further qualifying it. It makes me wonder if Seth Borenstein of the AP and/or his editors may have left out some of the more important elements of that topic.

Personally, I find this anthropomorphic attitude about radio silence to be both ridiculous and insulting to the intellect.  

Just because we haven't picked up any electromagnetic signals doesn't mean there isn't life - or even intelligent life - in our galaxy or in the universe. How incredibly egotistical (and incredibly unscientific) it is to assume that life elsewhere will have evolved into beings like us. How silly it is to then assume that that intelligence would invent, just like our species did, technologies like radio, TV, satellite communications, and the like. Even more absurd and overlooked in this so-called question of silence is that that technology would have had to have been invented and put into use at precisely the point in THEIR evolution such that THEIR signals would be reaching us NOW so that we could detect them, assuming that we had the right technology to do so.

Let's put the "radio silence" question into the time and distance perspective of our own species. KDKA broadcast the first commercial radio signals from Pittsburgh in 1920. That's 93 years ago. That means those extremely weak signals would only be detectable as of now to a distance of 93 light years from us.

The Milky Way Galaxy is 120,000 light years across. Those signals have made it 0.075% of the way across our galaxy.

I don't doubt for one second that there's life in our galaxy and elsewhere in the universe, but can we please stop wondering why the Vulcans or Klingons or Romulans haven't shared reruns of their version of I Love Lucy?

Treathyl Fox's comment, December 20, 2013 9:57 AM
The NBC News SCIENCE article uses the word "habitable" but makes no mention of trees. I have a problem with that. :) Seriously!
Nicolle Kuna's curator insight, December 20, 2013 6:09 PM

That's more than enough planets for each one of us.  No doubt humanity will in time find a way to mine and devour these ones too. 

 

Nicolle, Converse Conserve.Com

Home of Eco-Creativity and Sustainability Education

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Oscar Wilde and the Masons - The Oscar Wilde Fanclub

Oscar Wilde and the Masons - The Oscar Wilde Fanclub | Euro-American Masonic Open Forum | Scoop.it
This posts explores Oscar Wilde and the Masons. It is a little known fact that Oscar Wilde was an active participant in the Freemasons when he studied at Oxford.
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The indefatigable Mr. Wilde.  

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Crumbling Foundation: The Decline of Freemasonry

Crumbling Foundation: The Decline of Freemasonry | Euro-American Masonic Open Forum | Scoop.it
After four hundred years of recorded history, one of the world’s best-known fraternities may end forever.
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Here a college newspaper tracks the decline of Freemasonry.  What are your thoughts? 

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About Us - Omega Grand Lodge

The Most Worshipful Omega Grand Lodge of New York, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. Organized in 1970.
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OMEGA has an interesting and enduring history and is part of CLIPSAS. 

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The Hedge Mason: Notice of the Sublime Council of the Modern Rite in Colombia

The Hedge Mason: Notice of the Sublime Council of the Modern Rite in Colombia | Euro-American Masonic Open Forum | Scoop.it
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The Modern Rite in Columbia remains strong.  

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Rito Moderno - Um pouco de sua história

Rito Moderno - Um pouco de sua história | Euro-American Masonic Open Forum | Scoop.it
Ir.´. Antonio Onias Neto (+ 2013) O início da Maçonaria na França  François Marie Arouet, Voltaire, o demolidor de mitos, desapareceria logo depois de iniciado na Loja "Neuf Soeurs", em 1778, no me...
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Alll comments welcome on this substantive blog from Braziil which often focuses on the Modern Rite. 

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Ron Heisler - The Impact of Freemasonry on Elizabethan Literature

Ron Heisler - The Impact of Freemasonry on Elizabethan Literature | Euro-American Masonic Open Forum | Scoop.it
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Freemasonry has often had an impact on literature, poetry and writing in different countries.  

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Critical Search Skills Students Should Know - Edudemic

Critical Search Skills Students Should Know - Edudemic | Euro-American Masonic Open Forum | Scoop.it
There is a new digital divide on the horizon. It is not based around who has devices and who does not, but instead the new digital divide will be based around students who know how to effectively find and curate information and those who do not.

Via Tania Sheko
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The Euro American Masonic Open Forum will be experiementing with curator technology as it develops.  Curator technology may evolve into an important component of digital communication, learning and association.  

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Colleen Adam's curator insight, November 11, 2013 3:23 PM

Great article about the imporatnce of being an effective searcher and tips to help you help your students!

Karen Bonanno's curator insight, November 12, 2013 3:29 PM

Interesting concepts listed by the author on what is digital divide.

Emma Greengrass's curator insight, November 13, 2013 5:52 AM

Critical thinking and information literacy skills are key for students in order to progress...

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GODF - GLDF. 1957-1964, rupture...

GODF - GLDF. 1957-1964, rupture... | Euro-American Masonic Open Forum | Scoop.it
L'histoire des deux grandes obédiences maçonniques françaises, le Grand Orient…
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The up and down relations between the GODF and GLDF need to be better known in the Anglophone world.  This would include some discussion of the recent efforts at a Masonic Confederation by GLDF and others, and now its apparent collapse.  So what is the next chapter? 

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