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August 2020

Aug
27

The Role of Cognitive Dissonance in the Pandemic featuring Carol Tavris

Thursday, August 27, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Registration is Free!  Cognitive Dissonance is the motivational mechanism that underlies the profoundly human reluctance to admit mistakes or accept unwelcome scientific findings—even when those findings can save our lives. Because of the intense polarization in our country, a great many Americans now see the life-and-death decisions they must make in living in the time of the pandemic as political choices rather than medical ones. This dynamic is playing out among the many people who refuse to wear masks or…

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Aug
28

Skeptics In The Pub (Online)

Friday, August 28, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Due to COVID-19 Pandemic this event will be held online. (Click Button to open and/or download Zoom App to connect to meeting). This is a great opportunity for skeptics to talk, share ideas (and yes, drink) 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. Don't drink? Don't let that stop you from joining us! Some of the world's…

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September 2020

Sep
10

Viral BS: Medical Myths and Why We Fall For Them

Thursday, September 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Registration is Free!    Can your zip code predict when you will die? Will testosterone supplements boost your libido? Should you space out childhood vaccines? Does talcum powder cause cancer? Why do some doctors recommend e-cigarettes while other doctors recommend you stay away from them? Health information―and misinformation―is all around us, and it can be hard to separate the two. A long history of unethical medical experiments and medical mistakes, along with a host of celebrities spewing anti-science beliefs, has…

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Sep
12

Service: Grand River Clean Up

Saturday, September 12, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
MI United States

Registration Deadline: People joining the CFI team need to register with WMEAC by Thursday September 10th so that supplies can picked up by Cindy on Friday. If people want to volunteer on their own at a different time, September 19th is the deadline to register. Join us to get some fresh air, socially distance, and help the environment. CFI will be joining the Grand River Clean Up this year, with a different format. Due to Covid issues, the Clean Up…

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Sep
13

Café Inquiry – Pride, Humility, and the Root of Evil in our Vernacular (Online)

Sunday, September 13, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Due to COVID-19 Pandemic this event will be held online. (Click Button to open and/or download Zoom App to connect to meeting). Café Inquiry is a casual event starting with a short 10-15 minute introduction of the day's topic followed by open discussion. At 12:00pm we will break for coffee/brunch and a chance to socialize. This week's topic is: Pride, Humility, and the Root of Evil in our Vernacular. Pride is a vice. Humility is its virtuous counterpart. They have been conflated…

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MICHIGAN DROPS OPPOSITION TO SECULAR MARRIAGE CELEBRANTS, ENDING LAWSUIT

April 4, 2020

Secular celebrants are now permitted to officiate and solemnize marriages in Michigan, after the state attorney general reversed the government’s opposition to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Inquiry (CFI). Promising that the state considers CFI trained and certified Secular Celebrants to be covered by existing statutes regarding marriage solemnization, the presiding federal court brought the …

CFI Michigan Condemns the Anti-Semitic Vandalism at Temple Emanuel

October 15, 2019

Center for Inquiry Michigan Condemns the Anti-Semitic Vandalism at Temple Emanuel GRAND RAPIDS, MI 10/15/19 – Center for Inquiry Michigan, the largest organization of atheists and humanists in the state, condemns in the strongest possible terms the vile act of hanging posters featuring anti-Semitic and pro-genocide images and text on a doorway at the Temple …

CFI Michigan hosts Lecture on “Are we aware of our belief changes, and does it matter?”

April 3, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 29,  2019 Contact: Jennifer Beahan Director, Center for Inquiry Michigan michigan@centerforinquiry. org, (616) 706-2029 CFI Michigan hosts Lecture on “Are we aware of our belief changes, and does it matter?” GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Dr. Wolfe will describe recent research on belief change and the extent to which we are aware …