Welcome to the Worthing Chapter of SITP!

Anyone can be a sceptic - we have atheists, agnostics, christians and a muslim in our membership.

We meet monthly at Barney's Cafe Bar in Portland Place. Barney's has three rooms we can use, depending on numbers, and a choice of draught beers. 

It's ten minutes from the railway station, close to the bus stops, the surface car park in Liverpool Road and the multistorey in Buckingham Road.

We meet at 8pm on the second or third Monday in the month and we would love to see you there!

We charge a £3 admission fee (unless otherwise stated) towards our speaker's expenses.

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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Where?

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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Where?

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.

Come and ask your questions about Islam

Idris Nawab, Imam of Worthing Mosque

When?
Monday, August 18 2014 at 8:00PM

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Where?

Portland Place

Who?
Idris Nawab, Imam of Worthing Mosque

What's the talk about?

Shariah Courts in Britain. Jihad. Forced Marriage. FGM. Honour killings. The Veil. Stoning Women for Adultery. Radicalised sons of moderate Muslims going to fight in Syria...

These are some of the headlines in the British Press.

Idris Nawab will put the moderate Muslim viewpoint and face your questions.

The placebo effect mystery

Kevin Friery

When?
Monday, July 21 2014 at 8:00PM

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Where?

Portland Place

Who?
Kevin Friery

What's the talk about?

Kevin Friery is a skeptical Psychotherapist. With a background in Psychology and Counselling he has been closely involved with the world of psychological therapies since a time when they hadn't discovered the 'C' in CBT.

One of his claims to fame (Try and stop him talking about it!) is that he has appeared several times on BBC 1's The Big Questions offering the voice of skepticism and reason in the face of some very vocal True Believers.

A Bit Of Slap & Tickle takes a close and skeptical look at some of the 'treatments' for common mental health conditions, and looks at the people who profess themselves to be 'practitioners'. It looks at the meaning of effectiveness and explores our relationship with placebos and comes up with some uncomfortable conclusions.

Come and join the investigation!

Dr Ed Morrison

When?
Monday, June 16 2014 at 8:00PM

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Where?

Portland Place

Who?
Dr Ed Morrison

What's the talk about?

 A thought can be implanted into your mind without you knowing.

Your memory power can be more than doubled almost instantly.

Your physical performance can be improved using mind over matter.

Hear extraordinary claims about what your mind can and cannot do. But which is fact and which is fake? Join in with a series of demonstrations then decide for yourself.

Ed Morrison is an academic psychologist at the University of Portsmouth. His research interests are around evolutionary psychology and human mate choice. Alongside these academic interests he enjoys exploring the limits of what people believe science in general, and psychology in particular, can and cannot explain.

Brighton Assembly and Horsham SitP Host reports on his research

Simon Clare

When?
Monday, May 19 2014 at 8:00PM

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Where?

Portland Place

Who?
Simon Clare

What's the talk about?

 The Alpha Course runs in 162 countries and has been attended, according to their website, by 20 Million people. Over 9 weeks, students are guided through Christian theology ostensibly to “Explore the meaning of Life.

Simon Clare, an unabashed atheist, signed up to his local course in Brighton, wondering if his faithlessness would be challenged. Spoiler: He wasn’t converted but he was surprised at how the course affected his attitude to faith - not to mention what goes on during the later stages of the course.

The new Archbishop Of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is an old friend of the Alpha Course’s organisers and his election suggests that Alpha has graduated from fringe group to a central part of Christianity’s struggle to survive.

As well as giving an overview of the course from biblical history to singing in tongues, Simon will discuss what atheists, humanists and skeptics might learn from it.

UK Young Autism Behaviour Project Tutor

Tannice Pendegrass

When?
Monday, April 14 2014 at 8:00PM

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Where?

Portland Place

Who?
Tannice Pendegrass

What's the talk about?

After going through definitions of Autism and what it means for the person on the ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder), Tannice will reveal the results of her own survey into what people know and think about autism, its effects, causes and treatments.

As a former Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) tutor with the UK Young Autism Project for children on the autistic spectrum, Tannice keeps a close eye on new developments in treatments. However, she's not impressed with some of the purported miracle cures that include the usual suspects of homeopathy and acupuncture. But we already know about the scant evidence for those treatments. It's the terrible stress and toxic treatments that many children must endure that come under Tannice's scrutiny as she takes you through the pros and cons of 'quack' treatments and the evidence for learning-based treatments like ABA.

Daniel in the Lions' Den

When?
Saturday, April 12 2014 at 7:00PM

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Where?

Who?
Rory McClure and John Richards

What's the talk about?

 Hi [Name],

Not strictly a Worthing SitP event but one which may be of interest to Sceptics. Rory is hosting this one in his church. All welcome. Please come and support me!

SPECIAL EVENT!

Debate entitled 'Unbelievable?'

When?  Saturday, April 12 at 7:00PM

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Where?  Parkside Evangelical Church
Parkside Road Littlehampton BN17 6BD

Who? 
Rory McClure and John Richards

What's the talk about?

The two speakers will each make presentations -

Rory on 'Why I Am A Believer',

John on 'Why I Am Not A Believer'.

Break followed by Questions from the audience.

FREE admission
FREE tea/coffee and cakes 

Please come and support Daniel in the Lion's Den!

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