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In commemoration of World Philosophy Day, New Acropolis Montreal organized an event with two guest speakers, neuroscience researcher Dr. Mario Beauregard and Denis Bricnet, Director of New Acropolis Canada.
Close to 200 people attended this event at the Beaubien Theater in Montreal.

During the first part of the evening, Dr. Beauregard gave a lecture titled ‘The Next Great Scientific Revolution’. He demonstrated how, according to new scientific research, the mind and will have power over the brain and are a major aspect of nature. This goes against the modern materialistic view, which sees the brain as what produces consciousness and the mind. Dr. Beauregard thus invites us all to change paradigms, meaning to change how we perceive the world and the human being.

During the second part of the evening, Mr. Bricnet gave a lecture titled, ‘What Spirituality Can Re‑enchant the World?’ Today’s materialism has created disenchantment. The human being has become a biological robot with no real power over himself or his destiny, and who is a prisoner of the determinism and games of chance played by nature. Based on the wisdom and philosophies of East and West, Mr. Bricnet invites us to live the spirit by giving a direction to our existence based on our deepest aspirations. The spirit cannot be understood with the intellect; it is lived. This movement towards this mystery and this imagination is what can re‑enchant the human being and, thereby, re-enchant the world.

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The recent scientific discoveries about the human heart are revolutionary. Academic researchers even say that the human heart, with its thousands of neurons and its intense electromagnetic field, is a state of consciousness. The ancient Egyptians believed that during the pathway towards death, the heart of the deceased was weighed. Had he thought, felt, and acted with justice? With kindness? With love? This is what mattered. The seminar highlighted what is essential in the human being: learning to connect with life through the heart. And philosophy, as love of wisdom, is a path of the heart more than just a path of the intellect.

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Cosmovision-Maya-Nouvelle-Acropole-MontrealThe speaker, Denis Bricnet, allowed the public to meet the soul and the spirit of the Mayan world. In this richly illustrated lecture, we explored almost 2000 years of history and several ancient Mayan cities.

One of the keys to understanding this civilization that was explored during the evening was the constancy of symbolic elements. Hence the glyph of the portal with its four leaved shape, refers to a meeting point between the worlds. This glyph also symbolizes the power of the shaman, who is able to access and transmit an essential cosmovision that is essential for the governments of the cities. An enriching Q & A period followed the lecture.

The participants went back home inspired with a renewed appreciation of the culture and civilization of the Maya.

 

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New Acropolis Toronto is proud to have participated in a tree planting activity for Earth Day at Downsview Park, part of a long-term vision to reforest an urban area in the city to the benefit of the entire community. This is the 15th year NA Toronto has participated in this important initiative.

The trees NA Toronto’s volunteers planted together symbolize the key work “philosophers in the classical manner” can and must do in the world, cultivating values such as generosity and service in our communities.
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This original event brought together a lecture and theatrical zen skits. Zen is currently in fashion but it seems that our understanding of this philosophy is rather superficial or decorative.

Yet Zen philosophy, which originated in the East, talks about the great questions of life: Who are we? What role do we have to play in the world? What is life? What is death?

Actors played a few skits that made the audience laugh and reflect. This was followed by a dialogue between the speaker and the audience. Everyone realized that philosophy does not exclude laughter!

 

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For a tenth consecutive year, New Acropolis Montreal celebrated World Philosophy Day. The topic for this year was about the famous allegory of the cave from Plato, written over 2400 years ago.

In the first part, a short theatrical play about the allegory was presented to the public. It was an adaptation for our time. It staged a dialogue between a young man, who questioned himself about the meaning of life, and his father, for whom most important values were work, career, stability, etc. Then, this same youth met two other people with whom he could talk about his ideals and what is in his heart. For these people, it was important to have a job and studies, etc. but also important to seek a higher meaning to existence.

After the presentation, participants were invited to discuss with the speaker about the meaning of the allegory and its importance.

 

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New Acropolis Montreal presented a lecture entitled Consciousness and the frontier of the afterlife.
This question has challenged the human consciousness since the dawn of time. Is consciousness outside the brain? What can the people who experienced a near-death experience (NDE) tell us? What about the new scientific discoveries? What is quantum consciousness? The philosopher-speaker introduced the subject with clarity, supported by quotes, examples and meditations. This quest for truth led participants to reflect upon what is the real identity of the human being.


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