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Café Inquiry (Livonia)

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.

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 Geoffrey Saint 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: Norma Jean Wade, [masked],[masked]


RSVPs are NOT required (but sometimes helpful) for attendance at our events. Average attendance at Cafe Inquiry events is 15-25 people.

Note: This is not the only location where we promote our events. Please visit the CFI Michigan Event Calendar and/or our facebook page for more information and to sign up for our e-mail list.

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  • Norma Jean W.

    Tom, I'll check this out. I think it depends on how altruism is defined, and to what extent altruism is characteristic of a species. Humans can and do give their lives for others, but it is a remarkable occurrence (heroic). Bees, ants, termites, however, routinely sacrifice their lives for the good of the hive/nest. That is OK for them because their reproductive rate is so much higher than most mammals, esp. humans. Though (tongue in cheek here) given our population now it might not be such a bad idea. To me, if a behavior provides a benefit to the "giver", then it isn't really altruism.

    September 8, 2014

  • Thomas Hart (Tom) C.

    Wasn't that the meetup when we talked about altruism and whether it occurs naturally?
    The current Scientific American -- September 2014, "EVOLUTION: the human saga" -- has an article "One For All" by Frans de Waal, that on page 70 (as well as throughout the article, but mostly page 70) mentions the two natural kinds of altruism I know about: namely, 1. kin altruism and 2. reciprocal altruism. They both also happen in non-primates and even non-mammals, though primates are the best examples.

    The article, and others in the same part of that issue, also talk about the human tendency to trust other humans. Perhaps it's natural to think we don't have much of such a tendency; but if you compare us to other great apes and lesser apes it seems we do. For instance human mothers are willing to let others hold their babies almost immediately; that's remarkably un-apelike.

    September 6, 2014

  • Norma Jean W.

    This was a fun MeetUp . Looking forward to Sept. meetup!

    August 25, 2014

  • Thomas Hart (Tom) C.

    I missed the last one. I want to be very sure to make this one.

    August 9, 2014

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