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

Anyone can be a sceptic - 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.

Our usual venue is the Vintner's function room (at the rear - it used to be a Methodist church) but, when we have a big event we hire St Paul's Arts Centre (which was also a church). 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 £4 or £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 and publicity printing costs. 

We would love to see you!

Is Free Will an Illusion?

Jonathan MS Pearce

When?
Thursday, February 11 2016 at 8:00PM

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Where?

10- 12 Warwick Street
BN11 3DL

Who?
Jonathan MS Pearce

What's the talk about?

We all seem to think that we have free will but the idea that we don't is gaining ground in some quarters. Jonathan is The Tippling Philosopher, a teacher and author of several books. His blog has recently been acquired by the biggest religious/atheist blog network in the world - Patheos.com/tippling

Sense About Science

Ed Parker

When?
Thursday, March 17 2016 at 8:00PM

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10- 12 Warwick Street
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Who?
Ed Parker

What's the talk about?

As you may be aware, Ask for Evidence was launched by Sense About Science in 2011 to encourage people to hold companies, politicians, commentators and journalists accountable for the claims they make by asking for evidence. The campaign is supported by hundreds of public figures - including Simon Singh, Dara O'Briain and Derren Brown - and organisations such NHS Behind the Headlines and the Royal Statistical Society.

So far, Ask for Evidence has seen people challenge a huge variety of claims, including misleading advice from Vision Express, the sale of 'MRSA-resistant' pyjamas by M&S, the use of blue light in railway stations to reduce suicide risk, and many others.

Ed is a PhD student at Imperial College London, where his research examines reasons for the impaired performance of oral vaccines (especially oral polio vaccine) in low-income countries. Before his PhD, he worked for the Future Science Group as a commissioning editor for several of their peer-reviewed journals. He is currently carrying out a three month internship at Sense About Science supported by the Medical Research Council.

A Debate

John Richards and Andrew Sibley

When?
Thursday, April 14 2016 at 8:00PM

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Where?

10- 12 Warwick Street
BN11 3DL

Who?
John Richards and Andrew Sibley

What's the talk about?

This is the first in what, hopefully, will become a series of debates at Worthing Skeptics. 

On this occasion, Andrew Sibley will propose the motion and John Richards (Yes, moi) will oppose it, with the Chair being occupied by Gareth Walsh, our Treasurer. 

Andrew studied Intelligent Design when he did an MPhil in Theology and also has an MSc in Environmental Decision Making.

John Richards is a retired Science teacher MA(Ed) BSc (and by the time of this event I may have started a PhD...)

The format of the event has been agreed as follows: A coin will be tossed to decide who goes first and, following introductions, each speaker will have 25 minutes to make their case followed by a 5 minute rebuttal/winding up. We will then take a twenty minute comfort break and return for questions from the audience. 

 

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A guaranteed Mesmer-free evening!

Martin S Taylor

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

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Where?

10- 12 Warwick Street
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Who?
Martin S Taylor

What's the talk about?

Martin S Taylor has revolutionised stage hypnosis with an astonishing new approach – hypnotism without hypnosis!

Recently psychologists have dramatically revised their ideas about how hypnosis works, and the modern theory is that of social compliance. Broadly, this means that there is no altered state when you are hypnotised – no trance, no sleep, and nothing mysterious at all. Hypnosis simply works because the subjects believe it will.

Martin has performed shows at universities and colleges for over twenty years and his new venture – lecturing to schools on the psychology of suggestion – is already massively popular, too. 

Deputy Head of Psychology at Brunel University

Dr Michael Price

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

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Where?

10- 12 Warwick Street
BN11 3DL

Who?
Dr Michael Price

What's the talk about?

I saw Dr Price on TV, contributing to a programme about some current issue or other and thought, "I'd love to get him to speak to us!" A little googling, a few emails and here we are! What a world! 

"My main research topic is evolutionary moral psychology, particularly moral attitudes towards issues such as social inequality, sexual behaviour, and cooperation in groups. This research programme currently takes three main forms. First, I investigate the relationship between bodily condition and moral orientation, using a 3D body scanner to collect anthropometric data. Second, I'm studying how perceptions about male parental investment relate to attitudes about sexual behaviour. Third, I'm investigating whether leader-follower relations can be seen as a kind of evolved reciprocity."

I can't wait!

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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
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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.

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Nick Doody

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

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10- 12 Warwick Street
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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 around the world, written a study of Bill Hicks and this month he is touring with Dave Gorman but he's found time to come to Worthing! 

Book early for £5 here - http://bookitbee.com/e/zn3ty

£6 on the night

 

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

Pastor Rory McClure

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

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10- 12 Warwick Street
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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.

£4 on the night, £3 for Early Birds here - http://bookitbee.com/e/rqbe2

The World's First Comedy Songfest!

tba

When?
Monday, August 3 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

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! Worthing Skeptics bring you - Laughingstock!

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. 

Laughingstock's doors open at 7:30 and the event will begin with an overture from our house band, The Near Death Experience. At 8:00pm, a packed evening's entertainment begins with 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

Summer fun around the pool...

a local band...

When?
Sunday, July 19 2015 at 3:30PM

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Where?

Spike Lodge, The Street, East Preston, BN16 1JL

Who?
a local band...

What's the talk about?

Guys, this members only event is to help us to get to know each other outside of the confines of skeptics in the pub and to raise some funds for our society.

I'll provide the venue - my home, the swimming pool, the barbecue and the food. 

Our committee will provide some raffle prizes and entertainment will be provided by local musicians.

You only need to bring yourselves, something to drink and £4 entry fee.

Looking forward to seeing you!

The lowdown on low journalism

Peter Jukes

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

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10- 12 Warwick Street
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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.

Photo by Olivia Beasley

£4 on the door, Early Bird price £3 if you book here: http://bookitbee.com/e/md8sm

Skeptical Humour!

Ash Pryce

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

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10- 12 Warwick Street
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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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10- 12 Warwick Street
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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
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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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