• A secular community

    for upstate South Carolina

  • THE MISSION

    Our mission is to provide a welcoming and safe home for upstate South Carolina Humanists within which we can stimulate intellectual curiosity through reason, engage in compassionate outreach, and promote a strong, interactive community.

  • Upcoming Events

    The Piedmont Humanists' Schedule of Events

    Next Up: [ONLINE] Overpopulation: Monster, Meh, or Myth, June 28, 10am

    And Then: [ONLINE] Biohacking, June 30, 7:30pm

     

    Open to the Public: Online!

    Sundays: https://www.anymeeting.com/653-360-264

    Tuesdays: https://www.anymeeting.com/359-664-100

     

    Due to COVID-19, All meetings will be conducted at the above links, on the associated days.

     

    Sunday, June 28, 10am: Dr. Brandy Hartsell Presents: Overpopulation, Monster, Meh or Myth. For more than 50 years, and certainly since the first Earth Day celebration, most eco-conversation has been directed to human overpopulation as the “umbrella” under which we find all other social and ecological issues we must face on a planet in crisis. But alternative viewpoints claim that either overpopulation is a myth, or that overpopulation is simply one of many problems upon which to focus and, in fact has a lower priority than all others. So where does this issue belong? A couple of articles or excerpts will be sent to you for a preview, and will help to initiate a discussion about this controversial topic.

     

    Tuesday, June 30, 7:30pm: Meandering Discussion: Biohacking. This community are experimenting on themselves to push the bounds of humanity. Let's see where the conversation takes us!

     

    Sunday, July 5, 10am: Meandering Discussion: The Future of Jobs. AI is replacing workers at a faster rate than anticipated due to COVID-19. What does this mean for the jobs market?

     

    Tuesday, July 7, 7:30pm: Meandering Discussion: The Water Wars. Access to clean drinking water is shifting as our climate changes. How will this impact Americans? How will this impact global geopolitics?

     

    Saturday, July 11, 9:30am: Monthly Humanist Hike: TBA

     

    Sunday, July 12, 10am: Open Discussion.

     

    Tuesday, July 14, 7:30pm: Happy Hour Open Discussion.

     

    Sunday, July 19, 10am: The Water & Carbon Cycles

     

    Tuesday, July 21, 7:30pm: The Open Forum is the PH book club. Our reading for this meeting is an excerpt from Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. We will discuss pages 1 - 150 at the meeting.

     

    Sunday, July 26, 10am: Open Discussion.

     

    Tuesday, July 28, 7:30pm: Happy Hour Open Discussion.

     

    Our most up to date schedule is on MeetUp, follow us there for updates!

     

     

     

    Please contact me with questions at president@piedmonthumanists.org .

     

    Kevin McIntyre, President

     

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  • General Sessions

    Recurring events hosted or attended by the Piedmont Humanists

    Sunday Morning Discussion

    Presentations and discussions on topics of interest

    Where: The Gallery @ Coffee Underground

    When: Nearly every other Sunday from 10am to noon.

     

    Come join us for Presenters from inside and outside the Piedmont Humanists on topics relevant to humanism. Often times this meeting consists of live presentation with Q&A, and/or lively discussions. Have a hot cuppa from Coffee Underground. If you have a topic you would like to lead a discussion or presentation on, please email Kevin McIntyre.

     

    Some PH sponsored events are held in place of these meetings, please check the schedule before attending.

    Second Saturday Brunch

    Grab a drink and share a meal with the local Humanists

    Where: Denny's @ 2521 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville, SC 29615

    When: The second Saturday of every month from 9am to 11am.

     

    Come join us for a leisurely bite and a fun chat over whatever is on your mind.

    The Open Forum

    A book club curating and discussing the works of humanist philosophers

    Where: April 28, Tuesday 7:30 Near the Pavilion Rec Center in Greenville.

    When: ~Every 4 weeks on Tuesday

     

    This month's book:

    The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander, pages 1-150.

  • PH Recommended Podcasts

    Looking for a way to pass this abundance of isolation time? Let's put together a list of podcasts we enjoy.

    If you would like to add to this list send an email to president@piedmonthumanists.org

    Design

    Ever wonder how inflatable men came to be regular fixtures at used car lots? Curious about the origin of the fortune cookie? Want to know why Sigmund Freud opted for a couch over an armchair?

    99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.

    Policy and Political Comedy

    A five-time Emmy winning SNL comedy writer/producer, joins a four-time #1 NYT bestselling author, a three-time highest-rated national progressive radio host, a two-time Grammy winning artist, and a former US Senator. So, it gets a little crowded in the booth when Al talks public policy and sometimes political comedy with notable guests.

    Healthcare & Support

    A show about the cost of health care that’s more entertaining, empowering, and occasionally useful than enraging, and terrifying and depressing.

    We may be screwed but we’re together.

    Let's Talk.

    Engaging the public with modern science research through smart and humorous storytelling.

    We have fun drawing surprising connections between the latest science and technology research to give you the Big Picture. Leading researchers, techies, and journalists join astronomer Seth Shostak and science journalist Molly Bentley each week to provide a smart and humorous take on emerging scientific research. Our regular "Skeptic Check" episodes cast a critical eye on pseudoscience.

    Communication

    Clear and Vivid® is a series of Alan Alda’s spirited conversations with people who know how hard it is, and yet how good it feels, to really connect with other people – whether it’s one person, an audience or a whole country.

    You'll know many of the people in these conversations – they are luminaries in our culture. Some you may not know. But what links them all is their powerful ability to relate and communicate. With his unique blend of humor and insight, Alda explores the ways we can connect better with one another in every area of our lives. Something we need now more than ever.

    Technology & Cybercrime

    True stories from the dark side of the internet.

    This is a podcast about hackers, breaches, APTs, hacktivism, cybercrime, and all the things that dwell on the hidden parts of the network. This is Darknet Diaries.

     

    Human Struggles

    Death, Sex & Money was born out a desire for open and honest conversations about the things that we “think about a lot, and need to talk about more.” Since host Anna Sale launched the show in May 2014, our show has featured intimate conversations with celebrities and listeners about money, relationships, infidelity, career shifts, parenting, mental illness, divorce, gender identity, dying, and more.

    Psychology & Behavioral Science

    Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.

    Philosophy, Neuroscience, & Meditation

    Join Sam Harris—neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author—as he explores some of the most important questions about the human mind, society, and current events.

    Trivia & Comedy

    Each week Dan, James, Anna and Andy discuss their favorite facts unearthed in the past seven days.

    A political podcast for people who aren’t ready to give up or go insane.

    Pod Save America is a no-bullshit conversation about politics hosted by former Obama aides Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor. It cuts through the noise to break down the week’s news, and helps people figure out what matters and how they can help. They’re regularly joined by journalists, activists, politicians, entertainers, and world leaders. New episodes come out on Mondays and Thursdays.

    Current Events & Politics

    Point of Inquiry is the Center for Inquiry’s flagship podcast, where the brightest minds of our time engage in deep conversation about the big questions in science, religion, politics, and culture.

    Since 2005, some of the show’s remarkable guests have included Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Greene, Susan Jacoby, Richard Dawkins, Ann Druyan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugenie Scott, Adam Savage, Bill Nye, Howard Fineman, Sam Harris, and Francis Collins, among many, many others.

    Human-Technology Interaction

    "A podcast about the internet" that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it.
    – The Guardian

    Despite the name, ‘Reply All’ isn’t a podcast about technology — it’s a podcast that tells gorgeous, painfully human stories that happen to have bits of technology sprinkled in.

    – Nick Quah, Vulture

    Investigative Reporting

    Credible, fact based and without a partisan agenda, Reveal combines the power and artistry of “driveway moment” storytelling with data-rich reporting on critically important issues. The result is stories that inform and inspire, arming our listeners with information to right injustices, hold the powerful accountable and improve lives.

    Reveal showcases the award-winning work of CIR and newsrooms large and small across the nation. In a radio and podcast market crowded with choices, Reveal focuses on important and often surprising stories that illuminate the world for our listeners.

    Climate Change and the Environment

    From NORI, the carbon removal marketplace. We focus on the people and organizations that are coming together to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reverse climate change. We also talk about blockchains.

    American Cultural History

    Scene on Radio is a Peabody-nominated podcast that dives deeply into issues central to American society, exploring who we were and who we are. Recent many-part series include Seeing White, looking at the roots and meaning of white supremacy, and *MEN, *exploring the past and present of sexism and patriarchy. Produced and hosted by John Biewen, Scene on Radio comes from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS) and is distributed by PRX.

    Science & Technology News

    Covering the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies, Science Friday is the trusted source for news about science, technology, and other cool stuff. Host Ira Flatow mixes it up by featuring people in the know and those who want to be. Science Friday frequently features listeners that call in with their most riveting science questions.

    Policy & Ethics

    Join host Steve Mirsky each week as he explores the latest developments in science and technology through interviews with leading scientists and journalists.

    Science & Current Events

    Science Vs takes on fads, trends, and the opinionated mob to find out what's fact, what's not, and what's somewhere in between. All episodes include a thorough list of citations.

    A philosopher and a psychologist ponder human morality.

    Very Bad Wizards is a podcast featuring a philosopher (Tamler Sommers) and a psychologist (David Pizarro), who share a love for ethics, pop culture, and cognitive science, and who have a marked inability to distinguish sacred from profane. Each podcast includes discussions of moral philosophy, recent work on moral psychology and neuroscience, and the overlap between the two.

    Current Events & Politics

    2020 isn't going to be fun for anybody, left, right, or center. What many call the Most Important
    Election of Our Lifetime is going to be exhausting, ugly, angry, and probably at least a little racist.
    Listen as Robert Evans, Katy Stoll, and Cody Johnston try to keep level heads covering the election
    while traveling the country, from the Iowa Caucus to gun shows and anti-vaccine conventions, finding
    out what Real America really wants and thinks during the, “Worst Year Ever.”

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    Kevin McIntyre

    President

    Joyce Bates

    Secretary

    Jonathan Jones

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