Welcome to the Worthing Chapter of SITP! 

We meet monthly at Barney's Cafe Bar in Portland Place (although we will still go to our friend's at St Paul's for bigger events). Barney's has two 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 and the surface car park in Liverpool Road and the multistorey in Buckingham Road.

We meet on the third Monday in the month (unless otherwise stated) and we would love to see you there! We charge a £3 admission fee towards our speaker's expenses.

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!

Many Thanks

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Surviving 'ACE'

Jonny Scaramanga

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

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Where?

Portland Place

Who?
Jonny Scaramanga

What's the talk about?

Jonny Scaramanga is a PhD student at The Institute of Education by day and a rockstar by night. 
 

He was educated at a private school which uses 'ACE' - Accelerated Christian Education. It sounds like a painful experience!

Find out more here http://www.youtube.com/user/JonnyScaramanga 

 

I hope to see you there - tell your friends!

Best regards,

John Richards

 

James Peter Jandu

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

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Where?

Portland Place

Who?
James Peter Jandu

What's the talk about?

Ex-preacher James was a fundamentalist Christian for two decades, traveling locally, nationally and all over India, and the USA.

He pastored a church for just over ten years, wrote for numerous Christian magazines, appeared on Christian TV often, but now he focuses on charitable work, and helping the fundamentalist Christian community consider a more liberal inclusive Biblical message.

Find out more at www.xplorewithjamespeter.com

 

Guest Speaker from Germany

Lance Gregorchuk

When?
Monday, January 20 2014 at 8:00PM

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Where?

Portland Place

Who?
Lance Gregorchuk

What's the talk about?

Lance Gregorchuk is a former catholic alterboy whose father was the Grand Knight of the Catholic Organization, The Knights of Columbus. He is the author of the Amazon.com best seller 'Born Again Atheist - The Arguments For The Facts' and 'Great without God - being an Atheist kid in a world full of gods', which is an Evolve Fish top recommended children's book. 

Lance is also the owner and editor of the number one ranked atheist parenting site worldwide: atheistparents.org, and is not just an atheist but an active anti-theist in the Christopher Hitchens mould. Kirkus book reviews has called him the “militant atheist whose books give religion a righteous poke in the eye.”

He has publically debated theologians and apologists from Jehovah’s Witnesses to Mormons, from Muslims to Catholics and protestants. He has a sharp tongue, can quote the Bible and Qu’ran, and has a “British” sense of humour which can bring believers and non-believers to the same gut busting laughter about the insanity of religion.

Lance’s presentation walks theists, non-theists and doubters through some of the craziest modern day religious laws and practices in the western world and gives his audience the tools and arguments required to debate anyone who believes in any of the over 6000 gods which are worshipped today worldwide.

And what about the word 'Faith'?

John Richards

When?
Monday, December 16 2013 at 8:00PM

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Where?

Portland Place

Who?
John Richards

What's the talk about?

Ex-Science teacher John Richards takes the lid off the concepts of belief and faith. 

Author of 'Free Will?' and 'The Little Book of Unholy Questions'

Jonathan Pearce

When?
Thursday, November 21 2013 at 8:00PM

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Where?

55B Chapel Road
Worthing
BN11 1EE

Who?
Jonathan Pearce

What's the talk about?

Stevyn Colgan

When?
Thursday, October 24 2013 at 8:00PM

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Where?

55B Chapel Road
Worthing
BN11 1EE

Who?
Stevyn Colgan

What's the talk about?

Stevyn is one of the QI Elves and co-writes its sister show, The Museum of Curiosity for BBC Radio 4. 

He is the author of "Joined-Up Thinking" (Pan Macmillan 2008) and "Henhwedhlow: The Clotted Cream of Cornish Folk Tales" (Kowethas 2010). His latest book, "Constable Colgan's Connectoscope" (Unbound, 2013), will be published in paperback on 5th October 2013. 

Stevyn Colgan is a former member of the Met Police Problem Solving Unit, which developed creative and innovative approaches to issues that did not respond to traditional policing methods. He is an expert on problem-oriented policing and has lectured extensively on the subject throughout the UK and US.

He stops inordinately frequently for tea.

 

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