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.
Humanism is a philosophy of life that considers the welfare of humankind - rather than the welfare of a supposed god or gods - to be of paramount importance. Humanism maintains there is no evidence a supernatural power ever needed or wanted anything from people, ever communicated to them, or ever interfered with the laws of nature to assist or harm anyone. Humanism derives the goals of life from human need and interest rather than from theological or ideological abstractions, and asserts that humanity must take responsibility for its own destiny and for the impacts of its actions. History shows that those efforts are most effective when they involve both compassion and the scientific method which includes reliance on reason, evidence, and free inquiry.
Recurring events hosted or attended by the Piedmont Humanists
Sunday Morning Discussion
Presentations and discussions on topics of interest
When: Every 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.
Cancelled until further notice
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: Online at http://meet.jit.si/PiedmontHumanists
When: The Second-to-last Tuesday of the Month
This month's reading:
The Righteous Mind, Jonathan Haidt, Chapters 6, 7, and 12.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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
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.
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.”