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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

Upcoming Events

  • PZ Myers! Bad Biology: How Adaptationist Thinking Corrupts Science

    PZ Myers photographMonday, 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.

  • PZ Myers!

    PZ Myers photographMonday, June 8 2015

    PZ Myers!

    7 p.m….610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City (TC Main Library)

    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.

  • Summer Solstice Party!

    Summer Solstice illustrationSaturday, June 20 2015

    Summer Solstice Party!

    4 p.m….home of Mark Elliott and Heather Kingham, 7670 E Shore Rd., Traverse City

    Join us for an afternoon barbecue and evening beach bonfire to celebrate the summer solstice with friends, both old and new! Dishes to pass are welcome but not required.

  • Hungry Humanists: Amical

    Eat Drink and be MerryMonday, June 29

    Hungry Humanists at Amical

    7 p.m….229 E Front St | Traverse City

    Join us for dinner and conversation at Amical! Please RSVP to Heather Kingham at heather.kingham@gthumanists.org.

  • Round Table Discussion: Our Secular Community…including update from the American Humanist Association conference

    Roundtable discussionMonday, May 11 2015

    Round Table Discussion: Our Secular Community…including update from the American Humanist Association conference

    7 p.m….610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City

    Join us to discuss the vision for our group. There is a wide range of activities/activism/approaches among secular groups…where do we fit in? What do we want from our group? What do we envision as our group’s role in the community?

  • Bike Ride: Darrow Park to Suttons Bay

    Tandem bikeSunday, May 3 2015
    Bike Ride…first of our First Sunday bike rides thru October

    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. 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.