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.

We meet at 8pm on the second or third Wednesday 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. 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/

We are currently meeting in Coast - the cafe/bar on Marine parade near Splashpoint. There's a large carpark that's free after 6pm or you can just pull your boat up on the beach.

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

What sort of campaign?

Michelle Furtado

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

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Where?

Coast Cafe/Bar BN11 2FG

Who?
Michelle Furtado

What's the talk about?

 Climate change is finally getting the attention it needs. 

 
This talk will cover these key ideas - what the problem is, what our contribution is and how we can reduce our carbon footprint. Plus, we will look at the current protest movement and their motivations.
 
Michelle Furtado is Director of FuturEcoLogic Ltd, Trustee of the National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces, Chair of Green Tides, the Adur and Worthing green spaces partnership, and active member of Worthing Climate Action Network.

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Secrets of Alternative Medicine Exposed!

Richard Rawlins

When?
Wednesday, December 4 2019 at 8:00PM

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Where?

Coast Cafe/Bar BN11 2FG

Who?
Richard Rawlins

What's the talk about?

Homeopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, osteopathy, reiki, herbs, naturopathy all DO work. 

In this talk, Richard applies his experience as a surgeon, with his intuition as a Member of the Magic Circle to perform a critical examination of complementary and alternative medicine - and skeptically advises how we all may avoid being deceived.

Richard Rawlins is a consultant surgeon, lecturer, expert witness, apothecary, hypnotist, author and magician. He applies his experience as a practising clinician and his intuition as a psychological illusionist to explain what is going on.

£5 on the door.

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Comedian/presenter Robin returns to Worthing Skeptics

Robin Ince

When?
Wednesday, October 23 2019 at 8:00PM

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Where?

Coast Cafe/Bar BN11 2FG

Who?
Robin Ince

What's the talk about?

Some of you may remember that Robin was our first birthday guest in 2014 when we met in Barney's (now The Libertine) and had a packed house. 

Since then, Robin's career as a comedian and presenter, often in collaboration with Prof Brian Cox, has skyrocketed. 
Robin and Brian have presented 122 episodes of the Infinite Monkey Cage on Radio Four and have toured their stage show around the world. 
They both featured in Eric Idle's musical The Entire Universe. 
 
On top of all this, Robin has just become an author - I'm a Joke and So are You is available at Amazon and all good bookstores.
 
I'm sure he will be signing copies on the night of Wednesday 23rd October when he comes to Worthing for us. 
 
We are holding this event in the popular Coast Cafe/Bar on the seafront https://www.coastworthing.co.uk
 
£9.00 by ticket only. Book here: https://event.bookitbee.com/24768/worthing-skeptics-sixth-birthday

A Beginner's Guide to Therapy

Ariane Sherine

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

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Who?
Ariane Sherine

What's the talk about?

Comedy writer and journalist Ariane Sherine created and organised the Atheist Bus Campaign, persuading Richard Dawkins and Humanists UK to support her – and buses with variations on the slogan “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life” ran in 13 countries across the globe.

As a result, Ariane received an Inbox full of hate mail from Christians, which eventually led to a major nervous breakdown and suicidal ideation. She ended her journalistic career, and didn’t write again for over three years. 

In this talk, she will tell the full story of how therapy and medication saved her life, prompting her to write her new book, Talk Yourself Better: A Confused Person’s Guide to Therapy, Counselling and Self-Help.

Ariane will also be signing copies of Talk Yourself Better. 5.00 on the door.

The next breakthrough in Computing?

Prof Matthias Keller

When?
Wednesday, June 12 2019 at 8:00PM

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Who?
Prof Matthias Keller

What's the talk about?

Computer bits that can be in two positions simultaneously?

My brain hurts!

Come and see if you can grasp the quantum world...

We are very pleased to present Professor Keller from Sussex University who is at the forefront of this new field.

£3 on the door.

Spot the Fallacy!

YOU!

When?
Wednesday, May 15 2019 at 8:00PM

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Who?
YOU!

What's the talk about?

Our plan to become an ACTIVE skeptics group is progressing! 

Following our interactive Critical Thinking Brainstorm last month we are staging another event that you can positively engage in!

Do you remember Brian Edwards who debated me a year ago?

On May 15th we will play his video "The Bible: an authentic book" and shred it!

Our committee will be onstage stopping and starting the playback and taking notes.

If you spot a fallacy, error, claim, assumption, attempt to smuggle an untruth or any other problem, just shout OBJECTION! 

I even object to the inclusion of the Union Jack on the cover of the video!

We will stop the video and talk about the objection before continuing to show it...

When complete, I will edit the video with our reviews, send it back to Brian and flood the internet with it!

This will be more fun than a pub quiz!

Who wants to play?

£2 on the door. 

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. 

FREE ADMISSION!. 

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!

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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. 

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