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 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 £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!

Mythicism - the belief that Jesus never actually existed.

Ken Humphreys

When?
Wednesday, December 13 2017 at 8:00PM

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10- 12 Warwick Street
BN11 3DL

Who?
Ken Humphreys

What's the talk about?

Ken has recently spoken at the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square (the home of the Ethical Society and the Headquarters of the skeptical movement).

Outside of confessional interests, Jesus has diminished in stature in recent decades but is even a minimalist Jesus sustainable? 

Though most historians still aver that there was "probably" a Jesus (without any agreement as to quite who he was), and many people think that it required "someone" to inspire the birth of Christianity, an articulate and growing minority of scholars say, on the contrary, that no human Jesus of Nazareth ever lived, that he is a literary construction, fabricated from Jewish scriptural templates and motifs drawn from the world of polytheism. 
 
Author Kenneth Humphreys has been the force behind the popular Jesus myth website www.jesusneverexisted.com for more than seventeen years, and from 2011 the YouTube channel www.youtube.com/JesusNeverExistd. He has appeared on TV and numerous radio shows, and has engaged in many debates with apologists for Christianity. Humphreys will be presenting the case that Jesus never existed and will inevitably follow Adam, Noah, Abraham and Moses into the mythology of the world.

When?
Thursday, January 11 2018 at 8:00PM

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10- 12 Warwick Street
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Who?
You!

What's the talk about?

Exceptional at face recognition - exceptional at crime fighting?

Dr Josh Davis

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

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10- 12 Warwick Street
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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).

Jon Morter

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

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10- 12 Warwick Street
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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.

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Anthony Warner

When?
Thursday, November 16 2017 at 8:00PM

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10- 12 Warwick Street
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Who?
Anthony Warner

What's the talk about?

Anthony gets steamed up about food pseudoscience!

One minute it's 'good for you' and the next it isn't!

Read all about it here: 

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jun/18/angry-chef-debunking-detox-diets-wellness-nutrition-alternative-facts

 £5 on the door (annual passes accepted)

The Former RE Teacher's Guide To Non-Belief

Kevin Precious

When?
Thursday, October 19 2017 at 8:00PM

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10- 12 Warwick Street
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Who?
Kevin Precious

What's the talk about?

In between the various comedic activites, Kevin Precious attends his local humanist group - he's an agnostic, folks - where he loves a good old debate about the big questions in life.

Expect jokes and stories then, about his time as an RE teacher, being a humanist, the God-Shaped Hole, and the philosophy of religion... and you can ask him a few questions of your own afterwards, if you wish.

Kevin Precious is a former RE teacher turned stand-up comedian and promoter. Besides having played many of the top clubs in the land, he also promotes shows in arts centres and theatres under the Barnstormers Comedy banner. He has previously toured the country with a stand-up show entitled 'Not Appropriate', dedicated to the business of teaching. 

Comedy and Cake!  £5 on the door

Ed Atkinson

When?
Thursday, September 14 2017 at 8:00PM

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10- 12 Warwick Street
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Who?
Ed Atkinson

What's the talk about?

Burning carbon must be driven from our cheap-energy economy on a global scale - and soon - to stop a looming disaster. But is there a workable way to drive out Carbon? If nations, corporations or individuals ‘do the right thing’ and burn less carbon won’t that just make coal, oil and gas cheaper for everyone else? Just how cheap does installing new solar need to be to make it cheaper than turning on the valves in the Saudi oil fields?

It is easy to lose hope that change is possible, especially in Trump-World. The USA is the key to change and a group originating in the US 'Citizens Climate Lobby’ (CCL) is doing well there (notably with Republicans). They advocate a policy of a Carbon Fee which is all used to make a Dividend to the populace, thus making for a policy that is effective and politically attractive (most people are made better off). There really is hope. In this talk a representative from CCL, Ed Atkinson, will outline the policy options and their merits. He’ll include Cap & Trade, subsidising renewables and efficiency measures, divestment, Carbon Taxes and its variant the CCL policy of Carbon Fee and Dividend. Ed will be delighted to get awkward questions on these policy issues leading to discussion in the SitP group. The science of climate change will not be covered.

Two Anonymous Volunteers

When?
Thursday, August 24 2017 at 8:00PM

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10- 12 Warwick Street
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Who?
Two Anonymous Volunteers

What's the talk about?

 Sea Shepherd UK is a registered marine conservation charity whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife around the UK's coastline and across the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.

Sea Shepherd UK uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities commited against marine wildlife and habitats.

 

By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced oceanic ecosystems, Sea Shepherd UK works to ensure their survival for future generations.

Just watch these short videos 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jGTFiEnRPY&t=18s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSzxO0S5TVo

Now you want to come don't you!

Simon Warr

When?
Thursday, July 13 2017 at 8:00PM

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10- 12 Warwick Street
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Who?
Simon Warr

What's the talk about?

Simon Warr is most famous for playing the Headteacher in Channel Four's 'That'll Teach 'em'. You may remember the premise was taking a class of pupils and subjecting them to the schooling style of the fifties (when I was a schoolboy). It was entertaining to watch the shock to their systems! http://tinyurl.com/l9pwyu9

Simon is a frequent broadcaster having appeared on shows like Radio 2's Jeremy Vine. He was acquitted of a wrongful allegation of historic child abuse. This is a cruel bandwagon that has been jumped on by malicious people since the Jimmy Young outrage. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-29712967

 

 

Could be rude, probably crude!

Paul Duncan McGarrity

When?
Thursday, June 15 2017 at 8:00PM

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10- 12 Warwick Street
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Who?
Paul Duncan McGarrity

What's the talk about?

 An archaeologist (Paul Duncan McGarrity) sits in a room and answers your questions on any subject as honestly as possible. Could be rude, probably crude. 'Like a very tall, funny, excited child' (Scotsman)

'A more pleasant way to pass an hour could scarcely be found. Head to Ask an Archaeologist tomorrow to learn something and have a laugh while doing it.' (Broadwaybaby.com)

Question Time for the GE candidates

All party candidates

When?
Wednesday, May 24 2017 at 7:30PM

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55B Chapel Road
Worthing
BN11 1EE

Who?
All party candidates

What's the talk about?

We have A Prime Minister who campaigned to remain in the EU but now wants a 'hard Brexit'!
A Labour leader who won't 'press the button' and wants the UK to unilaterally give up nuclear weapons!
A Libdem Leader who wants another EU Referendum and hopes to win back seats lost as a result of coalition!
A Green party with a double headed leader!
A UKIP party with a novice leader whose MPs have resigned!

Meanwhile, several Tory MPs wait to discover whether they will be prosecuted for election fraud in 2015, terrorism is in the news and the polling organisations can't predict for toffee!

Britain is in turmoil and these are the circumstances under which a snap election has been called!

There are questions that need to be answered!

COME AND ASK THEM! (You will be invited to write them down between 7:30 and 8pm)

FREE admission.

Bar open.

Particle physicist / comedian

Dr Sam Gregson

When?
Thursday, May 18 2017 at 8:00PM

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10- 12 Warwick Street
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Who?
Dr Sam Gregson

What's the talk about?

If I said we have someone entertaining coming from hte Large Hadron Collider at CERN, you would probably think of Brian Cox...

Well, Dr Sam Gregson of Cambridge University actually knows him!

Sam will take us on a witty journey through the story of the hunt for the Higgs Boson.

Peter Higgs, after whom it was named, predicted the existence of this boson back in 1964. Its discovery was Big News on 4th July 2012.

Expect jokes, onformation, dry ice and throwing things!
  

https://www.junction.co.uk/ministry-of-sense?spektrix_bounce=true

A Debate on a Contentious Issue

Four Speakers - see picture

When?
Thursday, April 27 2017 at 8:00PM

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10- 12 Warwick Street
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Who?
Four Speakers - see picture

What's the talk about?

This is the new, improved version of the event that we postponed when snow and rail strikes stopped play back in January. On that occasion we held an impromptu informal AGM/social instead. 

We are daring to stage a debate on the contentious motion:

This House Believes That Abortion Should Be Illegal.

In the USA, this is a BIG ISSUE and has been the motive for murder and arson by extremists on both sides - 'Pro Life' and 'Pro Choice'.

Speaking for the motion are Abort67 officers Aisling Hubert and Andrew Stephenson
Speaking against the motion, Worthing SitP stalwarts John Richards and Steven Carrigan

The Chairman is former Mayor, Bob Smytherman, now Worthing's Town Crier.

This event will be professionally videod by Dave Benson Phillips.

Abortion IS currently legal in the UK but that Law is not supported by the membership of ABORT67, two of whom will argue their case on this occasion. They will bring their friends. 

If you like to see a passionate argument you will love this!

Bring your feminist friends, your Evangelical friends, your sceptical friends, all are welcome! 

£5 admission (Annual pass accepted). Bar open in the room. 


 

Bob Turner

When?
Thursday, March 16 2017 at 8:00PM

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10- 12 Warwick Street
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Who?
Bob Turner

What's the talk about?

 Ok, we all know they were supposed to wear horns on their helmets, but I didn't know until recently that they are the reason Normandy got its name, did  you?

And how did they navigate before compasses had been invented?

Bob has visited one of their remote early settlements - prepare to be astounded! 

Beer and an interesting presentation - perfect!

Pharmaceutical Shenanigans

Henry Drysdale + one

When?
Thursday, February 16 2017 at 8:00PM

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10- 12 Warwick Street
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Who?
Henry Drysdale + one

What's the talk about?

A team of academics, medical students and programmers, including Dr Ben Goldacre, author of Bad Science and Bad Pharma, are located at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, University of Oxford where they are lifting the lid off Clinical Trials.

Out of 67 trials they have examined, only 9 were deemed perfect while the others failed to report 354 outcomes and secretly added 357 that they did not set out to investigate.

Come and hear what they are doing about this scandal...

Admission £5 Membership cards accepted.

Author of Herding Hemingway's Cats

Kat Arney

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

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10- 12 Warwick Street
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Who?
Kat Arney

What's the talk about?

"Herding Hemingway's Cats - how do our genes work?"

The language of genes has become common in the media. We know they make your eyes blue, your hair curly or your nose straight. We're told that genes control the risk of cancer, heart disease, alcoholism or Alzheimer's. The cost of DNA sequencing has plummeted from billions of pounds to a few hundred, and gene-based advances in medicine hold huge promise.

There are 2.2 metres of DNA inside every one of your cells, encoding roughly 20,000 genes. These are the 'recipes' that tell our cells how to make the building blocks of life, along with all the control switches ensuring they're turned on and off at the right time and in the right place. But rather than a static string of genetic code, this is a dynamic, writhing biological library. With the help of cats with thumbs, fish with hips and wobbly worms, Kat will unpack some of the mysteries in our DNA and explain the latest thinking about how our genes work.

 

Dr Kat Arney is a science writer and broadcaster whose work has featured on BBC Radio 4, the Naked Scientists and more. She has just published her first book, Herding Hemingway's Cats (Bloomsbury Sigma), about how our genes work. Admission £5 Membership cards accepted.

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