Welcome to the Worthing Chapter of SitP! We are like the Radio 4 or BBC4 of going out for an evening...

If you've ever wondered where all the interesting people are, you've just found us!

Anyone can be a skeptic - we have atheists, agnostics, christians and a muslim in our membership list. If you are on our email database, you should get notifications of our events. The Skeptics motto is, Respect People, Challenge Ideas.

Our usual venue is the Brunswick and Thorn restaurant and wine bar, just off Marine Parade up the side of the Burlington Hotel. 

We meet at 8pm on the second or third Thursday in the month and sometimes we have extra meetings in between the regular ones. Apart from interesting talks and debates, we do comedy and musical events and show movies, all with a skeptical slant. 

We charge a £5 door admission fee (unless otherwise stated) depending on the guest, but you can join our membership card scheme for £25/year. The money goes towards our speaker's expenses, room hire and publicity printing costs. We are a non-profit organisation.

We also have a Facebook group (Worthing Skeptics) where you can post and comment https://www.facebook.com/groups/1460923914189682/

You don't have to be a member - just come along, we would love to see you!

How to avoid being taken in

Andrew Riley-Watson

When?
Wednesday, April 17 2019 at 8:00PM

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Who?
Andrew Riley-Watson

What's the talk about?

 In this day and age of fake news, antivaxers, climate change deniers, gloop purveyors and the like, the need for skepticism is greater than ever.

Andrew and I are collaborating on a series of presentations and/or videos. 

We would like your involvement. 

Please come along and contribute. 

£5 on the door to cover expenses. 

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Dr Zachary Ardern and John Richards

When?
Wednesday, March 20 2019 at 8:00PM

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Who?
Dr Zachary Ardern and John Richards

What's the talk about?

Zac (pictured) and I debated for New Zealand Association of Rationalists and Humanists in Auckland in January 2018.
This is the rematch! 
We will toss for who goes first. 

£2 on the door to cover expenses

200,000 years of human communication

Toby Wilsher

When?
Wednesday, February 13 2019 at 8:00PM

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Who?
Toby Wilsher

What's the talk about?

Toby Wilsher is a theatre director, playwright, author, musician, a director of BOP training consultancy and a senior consultant with Mission Performance.
Toby co-founded TRESTLE THEATRE COMPANY in 1981, and was its Artistic Director until 2004.  Since then he has worked as a freelance director and playwright.

 

Chichester Skeptics, our sister group, had Toby recently and he gave a great talk on the development of communications! 

 

£5 on the door.

 

International Event - live streamed to SA, Ghana and Nigeria

Pastor Tony Bickley and John Richards

When?
Thursday, November 8 2018 at 8:00PM

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Where?

45-56 Portland Road, Worthing BN11 1QN, England

Who?
Pastor Tony Bickley and John Richards

What's the talk about?

Anthony Bickley is the Pastor of Ebenezer Reformed Evangelical Church, Brighton

John Richards is the Publications Director of Atheist Alliance Interrnational

The Unifying Theory of Gay

Cerys Bradley

When?
Wednesday, October 24 2018 at 8:00PM

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Who?
Cerys Bradley

What's the talk about?

For decades, science has been fascinated by the LGBTQ+ community.

What makes gay people gay?

How does sexuality affect one's behaviour, appearance, or ability to raise children?

Join scientist Cerys Bradley, a part time comedian and full time gay, as they try to understand a more important question: why is science so obsessed with us?

 

THERE WILL BE CAKE!

£5 on the door

Critical thinking over belief and faith

Angelos Sofocleous

When?
Wednesday, September 12 2018 at 8:00PM

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Who?
Angelos Sofocleous

What's the talk about?

It is crucial to know how to apply rationality and how to use it when making arguments and also when critically assessing the arguments of others. Knowing the basics of logic and argumentation allows someone to avoid committing their own logical fallacies.

Angelos Sofocleous will explain the foundations of logic and give an analysis of what is logic through the concepts of validity, soundness in deductive logic and inductive logic, indicating their differences and outline various applications of them in the real world.

Angelos is doing a Masters in Philosophy at Durham University, where he is President of Durham Humanist Students Society. He is editor-in-chief of Secular Nation, Atheist Alliance of America's magazine, and editor-in-chief of The Bubble UK, a Durham University online magazine, and writer and editor at progressive news platform Conatus News.

Is there alien intelligence elsewhere or are we ALONE?

Francesco Andreoli

When?
Thursday, August 16 2018 at 8:00PM

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Who?
Francesco Andreoli

What's the talk about?

Francesco was born in San Giovanni Lupatoto, small town near Verona, Italy. Grew up in Milan. Moved to London in 1974. Moved to Lewes in 2010, to Brighton 2015. Professional technical translator and interpreter. Likes photography and Videoing. Interested in Sciences, Astronomy, Evolution of Man, Science-Fiction, Bible studies, All combining to produce the Speech about the Universe, Life and Man. Tendentially skeptical about everything.

Plus a counter view from John

Brian Edwards

When?
Thursday, July 12 2018 at 8:00PM

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Who?
Brian Edwards

What's the talk about?

 Brian is a Christian pastor, author and lecturer whose ministry has taken him to many countries. He became a Christian during his mid teens and graduated with a Divinity degree from the University of London. He taught in two secondary schools whilst working as assistant to Derek Prime at Lansdowne Evangelical Church in West Norwood, south-east London.

Brian's ministry is one of writing, editing, lecturing and preaching at churches and conferences. Brian has written over twenty books, plus fourteen In Conversation booklets which are available as free downloads on the Day One website. He has also edited two symposiums and is currently Series Editor for the Day One Travel Guide series.

Brian was a founder member and chairman of the Trustees and Editorial Board of Praise Trust, the charity responsible for the production of the hymnbook Praise!  He is also a founder Trustee for Christian Prison Resourcing. 

£5 on the door

Unmissable

Konstantin Kisin

When?
Thursday, June 21 2018 at 8:00PM

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Where?

45-56 Portland Road, Worthing BN11 1QN, England

Who?
Konstantin Kisin

What's the talk about?

Russia and Putin are hot news at the moment. Konstantin is well informed and funny - a powerful combination! 

See him here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Kj2j8A17c&feature=youtu.be

Jon Morter

When?
Thursday, May 17 2018 at 8:00PM

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45-56 Portland Road, Worthing BN11 1QN, England

Who?
Jon Morter

What's the talk about?

 Jonathan "Jon" Morter is a British rock DJ (since 1994) and social media campaigner whose hometown is South Woodham Ferrers, Essex. He is known as a social media pioneer, for launching, with his ex-wife Tracy, various internet campaigns during the Christmas season, in order to stop The X Factor winners from becoming Christmas number ones on the UK Singles Chart. The Morters have supported alternative singles by Rick Astley (2008), Rage Against the Machine (2009), Nirvana (2011), and The Justice Collective (2012).

Jon Morter runs the social media company Big Other, and has launched the Condescending Corporate Brand Page, a page that harshly ridicules corporate social media techniques.

How culture emerges: questioning our influence

David Freud

When?
Thursday, April 19 2018 at 8:00PM

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45-56 Portland Road, Worthing BN11 1QN, England

Who?
David Freud

What's the talk about?

The talk is about the benefit of each individual's influence on culture. Is it important for culture to be created, re-created and driven from the bottom up? Should it be imposed by an educated elite? In what ways does it grow and change?

The Falsehoods of Faiths

John Richards

When?
Thursday, March 15 2018 at 8:00PM

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45-56 Portland Road, Worthing BN11 1QN, England

Who?
John Richards

What's the talk about?

John Richards ia a Director of Atheist Alliance International. He is a retired Science teacher who just can’t stop and thanks to the internet he has a much bigger class than ever!

He blogs and writes books using the pseudonym Elliot George.

He has recently returned from New Zealand where he presented and debated in Auckland. The current tour includes a presentation on How Theists Think and an update on the work of AAI.
 
Come and hear how we are helping atheists around the world. 

Exceptional at face recognition - exceptional at crime fighting?

Dr Josh Davis

When?
Thursday, February 15 2018 at 8:00PM

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45-56 Portland Road, Worthing BN11 1QN, England

Who?
Dr Josh Davis

What's the talk about?

The ability to recognise faces ranges from those with prosopagnosia, who cannot even recognise family members, to super-recognisers, who seemingly never forget a face.

First coming to attention following the London Riots of 2011, some super-recogniser police officers identify multiple suspects from CCTV images. A few identify 100s per annum, outperforming computerised face recognition systems. Most identified suspects were previously familiar to the officer, although sometimes, a case has been built up against an unknown suspect by snapping his or her image across multiple crime scenes.

This presentation will discuss some of these cases as well as research conducted on police super-recognisers, and on over 5 million members of the public who have been attracted by worldwide media adverts for an online.

Could you be a super-recogniser? Examples of super-recogniser test stimuli will be demonstrated to give the audience a participatory idea of just how good super-recognisers really are.

Dr Josh P Davis is a Reader in Applied Psychology at the University of Greenwich. He regularly appears in the international media, and has advised UK and international police forces on forensic facial identification procedures, consulted with business, and has presented his research worldwide (inc. Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Russia, USA).

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