Welcome to the Worthing Chapter of SitP!

Anyone can be a sceptic - we have atheists, agnostics, christians and a muslim in our membership. If you are on our database, you should get notifications of our events.

We usually meet in the Vintner's Parrot function room (at the rear) but, when we have a big event we hire St Paul's Arts Centre. We meet regularly at 8pm on the second or third Monday in the month and sometimes we have extra meetings in between the regular ones. Apart from interesting talks and debates, we do musical events and show movies, all with a skeptical slant. 

We charge a £3 admission fee (unless otherwise stated) towards our speaker's expenses. Every December, as a Christmas present, we have a free event for members only, when we show a skeptical movie and hold our AGM.

We would love to see you!

The lowdown on low journalism

Peter Jukes

When?
Monday, July 13 2015 at 8:00PM

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10- 12 Warwick Street
BN11 3DL

Who?
Peter Jukes

What's the talk about?

Peter Jukes is a British writer and journalist, nominated for several awards for crowd funding his live Twitter coverage of all 130 days of the phone hacking trial. He details his experience, and the backstage drama of the most expensive and longest running  completed criminal trial in British history, Beyond Contempt. His previous 2012 book,  The Fall of the House of Murdoch , was described by the former  Sunday Times  editor Sir Harold Evans as “a roaring great read.” He is also a dramatist for radio and television, whose credits include  In Deep  Bad Faith  Waking the Dead  and  Sea of Souls . His account of living in the modern city,  A Shout in the Street  (Faber & Faber, 1990), was called “a dream of a book” by John Berger.

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The World's First Comedy Songfest!

When?
Monday, August 3 2015 at 8:00PM

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55B Chapel Road
Worthing
BN11 1EE

Who?
tba

What's the talk about?

There are plenty of Jazz Festivals, Folk Festivals and Rock Festivals but nothing to celebrate the Comedy song... until now!

Skepticism is closely related to satire which is a branch of comedy that goes very well with singing!

There is a great catalogue of gently mocking songs from the anonymous 'Hitler has only got one ball' through Tom Lehrer's 'Vatican Rag' to Tim Minchin's recent contributions to the genre such as The Pope Song. 

Doors open at 7:30 and the event will begin with an overture from The Near Death Experience, our house band.

The first part of a packed evening's entertainment consists of Tribute Acts enabling us to relive much loved comedy songs from yesteryear, there will then be a short interval followed by three of our best local original comedy songwriters/performers. More info soon...

A second break, then, Top of the Bill DAVID JORDAN! Get a taster here: https://youtu.be/MMxtZQDocpU

£6 Early bird price here http://bookitbee.com/e/4sj6g

£7 on the night

A graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary, St Louis, USA speaks out

When?
Monday, September 14 2015 at 8:00PM

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Where?

10- 12 Warwick Street
BN11 3DL

Who?
Pastor Rory McClure

What's the talk about?

My personal friend, Rory, recognises that he has a challenging task trying to get the Christian message out to people in the Western culture. 

He says, "Throughout the Western World, from America to Europe to Australia, Christianity seems implausible and irrelevant and most people try to ignore the Big Questions of Life."

He has taken the 107 questions from the Shorter Catechism of the almost 400 year old Westminster Confession of Faith and has set them against his impression of present day Western cultural attitudes in a booklet intended to demonstrate how bizarre and implausible many Western mores are, and to encourage readers to take the Christian faith seriously.

Nick Doody

When?
Monday, October 19 2015 at 8:00PM

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10- 12 Warwick Street
BN11 3DL

Who?
Nick Doody

What's the talk about?

Does comedy have to be 'about' something?

In 2006, Nick performed his first solo Edinburgh Festival show, 'Before He Kills Again'. The show received rave reviews and sold out for the whole festival leading to a run at the Soho Theatre. 

Since then, Nick has written and performed another six solo hours of stand-up including the most honest title ever to appear on a poster, Look At This Massive Picture Of My Face.

Nick has appeared on radio (inc. The Now Show, The News Quiz), TV (inc. The Mark Thomas Comedy Product, Edinburgh and Beyond) and written jokes for Joan Rivers, Lenny Henry, Dame Edna Everage and many Mock The Week regulars.

He has performed all over the world, this month he is touring with Dave Gorman but he's found time to come to Worthing! 

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The Way Things Seem...

Professor Anil Seth

When?
Monday, November 9 2015 at 8:00PM

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10- 12 Warwick Street
BN11 3DL

Who?
Professor Anil Seth

What's the talk about?

Consciousness is, for each of us, the presence of a world. Without consciousness there is no world, no self: there is nothing at all. But we do not know much about the material and biological basis of this most central feature of our lives. How do rich multisensory experiences, the senses of self and body, and volition, agency, and ‘will’ emerge from the joint activity of billions of neurons locked inside a bony skull?

Once the province just of philosophy and theology, the neuroscience of consciousness has emerged as a one of the great scientific challenges for this century. In this seminar I will sketch the state-of-the-art in the new science of consciousness. I will distinguish between conscious level (how conscious we are), conscious content (what we are conscious of), and conscious self (the ‘I’ behind the eyes), describing in each case how new experiments are shedding light on the underlying neural mechanisms, in normal life and in neurological and psychiatric conditions. Throughout, I will emphasize phenomenology; the way things seem – as the target for any satisfying explanation of how the brain, in conjunction with the body and the environment, gives rise to and shapes conscious experience.

A guaranteed Mesmer-free evening!

When?
Monday, January 11 2016 at 8:00PM

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Who?
Martin S Taylor

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Skeptical Humour!

Ash Pryce

When?
Monday, June 15 2015 at 8:00PM

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10- 12 Warwick Street
BN11 3DL

Who?
Ash Pryce

What's the talk about?

A Crowd Puller at the 2014 Edinburgh festival, we are very lucky to get Ash Pryce to perform in Worthing!

Comedy and Magic based around the 'Supernatural'.

Ectoplasm!

Psychokinesis!

Not to be missed at just £4

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Paranormal researcher spooks out!

Hayley Stevens

When?
Monday, May 11 2015 at 8:00PM

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Where?

10- 12 Warwick Street
BN11 3DL

Who?
Hayley Stevens

What's the talk about?

Described as ‘the Scully end of the Mulder-Scully X-Files spectrum’ by The Times, Hayley Stevens is a skeptical paranormal researcher and has been investigating ghost cases (and monsters) for over a decade since she was a teenager. Her writing can be found in Skeptical Inquirer, The Skeptic, Paranormal Magazine and more and she regularly speaks across Europe about investigating the paranormal as a non-believer. She blogs at Hayley Is a Ghost (www.hayleyisaghost.co.uk)

Learn all about the world of modern paranormal research and why things aren't always what it seems when it comes to investigating things that go bump in the night. Hayley Stevens will introduce you to the bizarre world of modern ghost-hunting, teach you how to spot sham ghost hunting claims and more.

£3 each, book here: http://bookitbee.com/e/6avej

Grill your would-be MP!

All the General Election Party candidates for Worthing West

When?
Monday, April 13 2015 at 8:00PM

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Where?

55B Chapel Road
Worthing
BN11 1EE

Who?
All the General Election Party candidates for Worthing West

What's the talk about?

 All five candidates have accepted our invitation to attend this event!

In alphabetical order of parties:

Conservative: Sir Peter Bottomley

Green: David Aherne

Labour: Jim Deen

LibDem: Hazell Thorpe

UKIP: Tim Cross

Doors open at 8pm, event commences at 8:30pm. To reserve a seat for £2 (limited number available) please book online at bookitbee.com/2555/question-time/

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An Adman reveals his trade secrets.

Richard Burdett

When?
Monday, March 16 2015 at 8:00PM

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10- 12 Warwick Street
BN11 3DL

Who?
Richard Burdett

What's the talk about?

Richard Burdett looks at advertising from both the consumer’s and the advertiser’s perspective. Can consumers trust what they’re seeing, reading, hearing and clicking on? And, in an increasingly fragmented and fractured media environment, can advertisers trust the data on which they’re making multi-million pound investment decisions?

Richard began his career at Saatchi & Saatchi, spending eleven years working with clients such as BA, BP, Cadbury Schweppes and Sainsbury’s. He then moved from advertising to the fledgling world of multi-channel television, initially as Head of Ad Sales for The Discovery Channel and subsequently as Head of Marketing for UKTV. Next stop was Vice Chairman of CIA (now MEC) one of the world’s largest media buying agencies. In 2003 he became Head of 4Creative, Channel 4’s in-house ad agency, working on shows such as Lost, Desperate Housewives, Shameless and Jamie’s School Dinners as well as the launches of More4 and Film4.

He is currently MD of Horse & Country TV, a thematic channel which does exactly what it says on the tin. The channel has brought over fifty new advertisers on to TV and was one of five nominees for Best Factual Channel in this year’s Broadcast awards, up against BBC3, BBC4, Discovery and History.

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Who is winning in this fight, science, disease or the anti-vaccination movement?

Bentley Crudgington

When?
Monday, February 9 2015 at 8:00PM

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23 Marine Parade
BN11 3PS

Who?
Bentley Crudgington

What's the talk about?

Bentley is a research scientist with an unhealthy interest in infectious diseases. His current area of research is in veterinary vaccine development (actually its metaphylactic intervention strategies for outbreak scenarios, but no one likes a showoff). He also runs Guildford Cafe Scientifique, Guildford Skeptics and likes it when Science and Art get it on.

As a species Humans like to explore new territories, play with animals, put things in our mouths and have a flagrant disregard for genital safety. As a result we encounter some pretty nasty diseases. Fortunately there are vaccines but what exactly are they and why are they so controversial? Vaccines are wonderfully weird, from snorting scabs in the Old Orient to genetic chimeras cloned in laboratories, they have protected humans and animals from disease for nearly two hundred years. Unfortunately there are plenty new diseases waiting in the dark and old enemies itching for a comeback.

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Exorcises all known gods

Elliot  George

When?
Monday, January 19 2015 at 8:00PM

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23 Marine Parade
BN11 3PS

Who?
Elliot George

What's the talk about?

Elliot George is gaining a reputation as ' the docile Dawkins'.

He has debated on Premier Christian Radio and in Littlehampton Evangelical Church, and spoken at The Conway Hall (the home of The Ethical Society) and various Skeptics in the Pub.

His book Godbuster, predictably, polarises its audience being hated by theists and loved by non-believers!

2015 is getting busy with guest appearances including a church in Chichester.

FREE to members on our database only!

Movie of the World Speaking Tour of Dawkins and Krauss

When?
Monday, December 15 2014 at 8:00PM

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Where?

Portland Place

Who?
Movie of the World Speaking Tour of Dawkins and Krauss

What's the talk about?

Watch the movie with friends in the congenial surroundings of Barneys. Afterwards we can have a chat about it and then talk about what Worthing Skeptics should do for 2015. Come and make your suggestions...

And, if he did exist, he was gay!

Ken Humphreys

When?
Monday, December 8 2014 at 8:00PM

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Where?

Portland Place

Who?
Ken Humphreys

What's the talk about?

Author, speaker, website owner and Worthing resident, Ken Humphreys, debunks Christ as we approach Christmas! 

The Social Impact of Emerging Technologies

Blay Whitby

When?
Monday, November 17 2014 at 8:00PM

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Where?

Portland Place

Who?
Blay Whitby

What's the talk about?

Dr Blay Whitby is a philosopher and ethicist concerned with the social impact of new and emerging technologies. He is a leading researcher in the field and the author of many books, chapters and papers on the subject including “On Computable Morality”, “Reflections on Artificial Intelligence: The Legal, Moral and Ethical Dimensions and “Artificial Intelligence, A Beginner’s Guide”.
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Shelley Segal

When?
Tuesday, October 28 2014 at 8:00PM

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Portland Place

Who?
Shelley Segal

What's the talk about?

Gifted Australian singer songwriter & international touring artist, Shelley Segal will be performing for the Worthing Skeptics in the Pub on the 28th Oct as part of her 2014 UK tour.

Performing tracks from her acclaimed 'An Atheist Album', Segal conveys through music her passion for secular activism and normalising atheism as well as sharing a message of humanism, life affirmation, questioning & gratitude.

Shelley is excited to be able to bring this album to live audiences in the UK after having taken it on the road for the past couple of years to national conferences and atheist/skeptic/secular & humanist groups throughout the United States.

Support: Bob Dylan tribute act, Peter Ridge.

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Science Comedian comes to Town

Robin Ince

When?
Monday, October 13 2014 at 8:00PM

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Where?

Portland Place

Who?
Robin Ince

What's the talk about?

We are very lucky to get Robin who is currently on tour - dates here http://robinince.com

Fortunately, he was free on our date and also it doesn't clash with recording Radio 4's Infinite Monkey Cage which Robin co-presents with Prof Brian Cox. 

We are taking over the main bar of Barney's for this event!

You won't get another chance to see him for just £5 so book early! https://event.bookitbee.com/1639/robin-ince-at-worthing-skeptics/

Meet your inner zoo!

Richard Robinson

When?
Monday, September 15 2014 at 8:00PM

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Portland Place

Who?
Richard Robinson

What's the talk about?

 If we’re looking for an animal to symbolize us in the office, it has to be an ape, doesn’t it? Selfish, aggressive, competitive. But is aggression all there is to life and work? Is there no room for gentler impulses of friendship, sharing or caring? The answer is yes: meet your inner ant - respectful, cooperative and empathic.

Richard Robinson shows us animals are more like us than we knew, and we are more like animals than we want to know. As well as your inner ant, you may like to take a tour of your inner Portuguese man'o war, your inner assassin bug ... or even your inner Brussels sprout.  

Richard runs the Brighton Science Festival. In another life he also co-founded the busker’s pitch in Covent Garden, and Spitting Image.

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