Welcome to the Grand Traverse Humanists. If you value science, reason, and compassion and believe that humans are responsible for their own destiny, you have come to the right place. We are a community for the non-religious in the Grand Traverse area, offering a forum for discussing and advancing a secular worldview based on our common humanity. Our programs include monthly speakers and discussions, film and book groups, and various volunteer and social events. All are free and open to the public. Check out Upcoming Events below, or click on the calendar. Nontheists, agnostics, atheists, freethinkers, rationalists, humanists, and more…we welcome you to join us!
Grand Traverse Humanists Main Meeting
Second Monday of each month, 7 p.m.
Traverse Area District Library main branch, 610 Woodmere Ave., TC
- Bike Ride: Darrow Park to Suttons Bay
Sunday, August 2 2015
Humanist Bike Ride
10 a.m….Darrow Park to Suttons Bay
Join us for a bike ride up the TART trail to Suttons Bay, where we will indulge in a nice brunch as a reward. 🙂 Then bike back, or take the Bata bus if you’re feeling like digesting your meal in peace and comfort. 17 miles each way. Meet at 10 a.m. at Darrow Park in Traverse City. There is parking along the side of the road. You can text Heather with any questions…503-422-6515.
- Meeting at the Library: Humanism in the Movies
Monday, August 10 2015
Meeting at the Library: Humanism in the Movies
7 p.m….610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City (Traverse Area Main Library)
Join us for a talk by retired English professor Mark Gustafson. Mark will discuss humanism in the movies, with references in particular to the eight films mentioned above. See them if you can before the talk!
- Hungry Humanists: Slabtown Burgers
Monday, July 27 2015
Hungry Humanists at Slabtown Burgers
7 p.m….826 West Front St | Traverse City
Join us for dinner and conversation at Slabtown Burgers! Delicious vegetarian burger on the menu, too. Please RSVP to Heather Kingham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Meeting at the J. H. Rogers Observatory
Monday, July 13 2015
GTH Meeting at the J. H. Rogers Observatory
7 p.m….1753 Birmley Rd, Traverse City
Join us for a very special evening at the J. H. Rogers Observatory. We will have a talk by Bob Moler of the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society, followed by pizza and soda and then a viewing of the night sky with the telescopes in the observatory. Please note, we are not meeting at the library this month…this is in place of our regular meeting at the library.
- Beach Bums Game
Friday, June 26 2015
6:30 p.m. at Wuerfel Park, 333 Stadium Dr., Traverse City
It’s GTH night at the Beach Bums! Join us for an evening of baseball as the Traverse City Beach Bums take on the Schaumburg Boomers. It’s Sandlot Night at Wuerfel Park, with classic jersey auctions and squints glasses given away to the first 250 people. Stay for fireworks after the game. Please RSVP to Heather at email@example.com or 503-422-6515. We’ll meet at 6:30 to by chairback seats together…first pitch is at 7:05. Tickets are $10.
- PZ Myers! Bad Biology: How Adaptationist Thinking Corrupts Science
Monday, June 8 2015
PZ Myers! Bad Biology: How Adaptationist Thinking Corrupts Science
7 p.m….610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City (TC Main Library)
In 1979, Gould and Lewontin published an important paper, “The Spandrels of San Marco and the Panglossian Paradigm: A Critique of the Adaptationist Programme”, in which they deplored the narrow focus on seeing evolution as only a process of adaptation. They further criticized the field of evolutionary biology for perpetuating this pattern of flawed thinking.
Biologist PZ Myers bemoans that their warnings have gone unheeded in some biological sub-disciplines. He’ll be discussing a few examples of bad evolutionary biology, including the “human biodiversity” movement that is little more than a collection of pseudoscientific rationalizations for racism; evolutionary psychology, which seeks to explain modern human biology with imaginary scenarios of adaptive constraints from 10,000 years ago; and the ENCODE project, which was an obvious and overt exercise in adaptive bias applied to genomic data. A common thread among these examples is an excessive reliance on adaptationist thinking and a lack of appreciation of the diversity of mechanisms underlying our evolutionary history.
PZ Myers is an American scientist and associate professor of biology at the University of Minnesota Morriss. He is founder and co-author of the Pharyngula science blog, hosted on both the Science Blogs and Freethought Blogs networks. He currently works with zebrafish in the field of evolutionary developmental biology and cultivates an interest in cephalopods.
In 2006, the journal Nature listed his Pharyngula as the top-ranked blog by a scientist.
Myers received the American Humanist Association’s 2009 Humanist of the Year award and International Humanist Award in 2011. Asteroid 153298 Paulmyers is named in his honor.