What we're about

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic all in-person events are cancelled until further notice. See Event Calendar for upcoming Virtual events via Zoom (RSVP to event to receive the event link).

Our Mission: Center for Inquiry (CFI) strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.

Our Vision: A world where people value evidence and critical thinking, where superstition and prejudice subside, and where science and compassion guide public policy.

Our Values: Integrity, Courage, Innovation, Empathy, Learning, Wonder.

CFI Michigan is a local branch of Center for Inquiry, an international, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501©(3) organization that encourages evidence-based inquiry into science, pseudoscience, medicine and health, religion, ethics, secularism, and society. The Center for Inquiry is not affiliated with, nor does it promote, any political party or political ideology.

Central to our mission is developing a vibrant secular community throughout Michigan to allow atheists, agnostics, humanists, skeptics, and other freethinkers to share life enriching experiences, offer mutual support, engage in community service, and work to end the stigma attached to being a nonbeliever.

We promote reason, science, and church/state separation to counter the influence of religion and pseudoscience in public policy, and to defend the values, interests, and civil rights of nonreligious citizens. Learn more at http://www.centerforinquiry.net/michigan

Events are held in a number of cities throughout Michigan: See the menu above for upcoming events or visit our website for our event info and sign up for our email list: https://cfimichigan.org/ ;

Connet with CFI Michigan on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cfimi

Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/cfimichigan

** Note: Meetup is only ONE of the several places we promote our events and we do not require RSVP's. See the event descriptions for an idea of how many people usually attend the various events. Don't worry you if you are the only person who RSVP'd ... You are NOT the only one who will show up :)

If you have any questions please contact us:

Email: michigan@centerforinquiry.net
Phone: 616-698-2342
Office: 3777 44th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI

Hope to see you soon!
Jennifer Beahan
Executive Director
Center for Inquiry Michigan

Upcoming events (5)

Biggest Bluff: How I Learned To Pay Attention, Master Myself, And Win (Online)

Online Webinar – FREE Registration via Zoom. From the New York Times bestselling author of Mastermind and The Confidence Game, a journey into the world of high-stakes poker – and questions of what role luck plays in our lives, and what it truly means to take control of our own destinies. The Biggest Bluff is Maria’s third New York Times bestseller. It follows Maria’s immersion in the world of poker, from novice to professional, under the tutelage of one of the greatest players in the game, Erik Seidel. But this is not a book about poker. It is, rather, an exploration of the role chance plays in our lives, and how we can learn to play our best game even in the face of mounting odds. How do the skills learned at the poker table translate to the skills required to live a better, more thoughtful and, ultimately, successful life? The Biggest Bluff isn’t about how to play poker. It’s about how to play the world. This event is part of Skeptical Inquirer Presents, a series of live online presentations from leading experts in science, skepticism, medicine, media, activism, and advocacy, all devoted to the cause of advancing science over pseudoscience, media literacy over conspiracy theories, and critical thinking over magical thinking, hosted by the brilliant and hilarious comedian Leighann Lord, co-host of the Point of Inquiry podcast: https://skepticalinquirer.org/presents/.

Café Inquiry (Online)

Online event

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic this event will be held online. RSVP to this event to see Zoom Meeting Link (in right hand panel). Café Inquiry is a casual event starting with a short 10-15 minute introduction of the day's topic followed by open discussion. Visit the CFI Michigan Event Calendar for upcoming topics: http://www.cfimichigan.org/events/calendar/. Members are welcome to propose and schedule a topic which would be of interest toward establishing a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Please contact Tim Hamlin if you have a topic that you would like to discuss at an upcoming Café Inquiry. CFI MI values the full participation for all attendees at our events, including individuals with disabilities, in accordance with our Event Culture and Expectations Policy: cfimichigan.org/culture-expectations-events. Requests for reasonable accommodation may be made by contacting the event host at least three days prior to the event. Cost: Free. Donations Appreciated. Snacks & Beverages available for purchase. Contact: Tim Hamlin, [masked] ,[masked] Café Inquiry (Muskegon) meets on the 3rd Thursday/Monthly. There are usually 8-15 people at Café Inquiry events. Note: Meetup is one of several places we list our events and we don't require RSVP's like some meetups do, so the number of "Attendees" doesn't reflect actual attendance. Visit our website and sign-up for weekly emails: www.cfimichigan.org, or connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/cfimi.

Skeptics In The Pub (Online)

Online event

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic this event will be held online. RSVP to this event to see Zoom Meeting Link (in right hand panel). This is a great opportunity for skeptics to talk, share ideas, wine, and dine in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. We discuss the issues of the day and whatever else is on our minds. But most of all, we have fun while promoting skepticism, science, and rationality. CFI MI values the full participation for all attendees at our events, including individuals with disabilities, in accordance with our Event Culture and Expectations Policy: cfimichigan.org/culture-expectations-events. Requests for reasonable accommodation may be made by contacting the event host at least three days prior to the event. Contact: Dean Tersigni and Warren McClure, [masked],[masked] (Dean). Skeptics in the Pub (Flint) meets on the 4th Friday of each month, and there are usually about 15-25 people at these events. Note: Meetup is one of several places we list our events and we don't require RSVP's like some meetups do, so the number of "Attendees" doesn't reflect actual attendance. Visit our website and sign-up for weekly emails: www.cfimichigan.org, or connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/cfimi.

Café Inquiry – Reflecting on the Events of January 6th (Online)

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic this event will be held online. RSVP to this event to see Zoom Meeting Link (in right hand panel). Café Inquiry is a casual event starting with a short 10-15 minute introduction of the day's topic followed by open discussion. This week we will be taking a look back at the events of January 6, 2021 with whatever perspective we have gained in a bit over 3 weeks. We will consider the background to the actions being taken by Congress on that date, and discuss the dangers posed by conspiratorial thinking and trafficking in conspiracy theories. We’ll also examine the police response in contrast to the response to protests by different groups last summer. Visit the event calendar for recommended readings and articles for this week's discussion: https://cfimichigan.org/event/ci-gr-2021-01-24/. Members are welcome to propose and schedule a topic which would be of interest toward establishing a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Please contact us if you have a topic that you would like to discuss at an upcoming Café Inquiry. Cost: Free. Donations Appreciated. Snacks & Beverages are available for purchase. Contact: Frank Crownover or Jessica Wolin, [masked] (617)[masked] Café Inquiry (Grand Rapids) meets on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each Month, and there are usually about 15-25 people at Café Inquiry events. CFI MI values the full participation for all attendees at our events, including individuals with disabilities, in accordance with our Event Culture and Expectations Policy: cfimichigan.org/culture-expectations-events. Requests for reasonable accommodation may be made by contacting the event host at least three days prior to the event. Note: Meetup is one of several places we list our events and we don't require RSVP's like some meetups do, so the number of "Attendees" doesn't reflect actual attendance. Visit our website and sign-up for weekly emails: www.cfimichigan.org, or connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/cfimi.

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