Welcome to Horsham Skeptics. Our talks are usually held in the Studio at the Capitol Theatre on the second Thursday of the month.

SitP Horsham is here to provide the people of Horsham and beyond with experts who like to talk about a huge variety of subjects, including science, the paranormal, journalism, history, gender issues, religion, astronomy, linguistics, hypnosis, maths, climate change - any subject really. Afterwards we ask questions, hear the answers and meet other people who like to do the same.

(We collect £3 from audience members, to cover speaker expenses)

If you're local to Horsham, you might fancy going along to the other relatively nearby SitP groups in Guildford, Worthing, Eastbourne, Lewes, Brighton, Kingston and Tunbridge Wells - you'll find links to them and all the other Skeptics in the Pubs across the country at the bottom of this page.

If you have any suggestions, comments or questions at all or think you can help out in any way, then please get in touch using the "Contact Us" link at the top left of the page.

Jonathan M.S. Pearce

When?
Thursday, September 11 2014 at 8:00PM

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Where?

North St
Horsham
West Sussex
RH12 1RG

Who?
Jonathan M.S. Pearce

What's the talk about?

 Do we have free will, or are our ‘choices’ determined by our environment and past experience?

Author and educator, Jonathan M.S.Pearce offers an entertaining introduction to the debate, and explains how new developments in brain science have influenced philosophers.

We will also consider the impact of free will and determinism on Christianity’s concept of a judgmental God, and the implications for our justice system if we don’t have free will.

An entertaining introduction to the age-old philosophical debate on whether we have free will or whether we live predetermined lives.

Jonathan is a teacher and author from South Hampshire, who has dedicated many years of his life to all manner of things philosophical and theological. He is currently studying for a Masters in Philosophy, and is a founder member of the Tippling Philosophers, a friendly group of disparate believers and non-believers based in Hampshire.

Free-WillThe Nativity: A Critical Examination is his fourth book, and follows Free Will? An investigation into whether we have free will, or whether I was always going to write this booka popular philosophy, science and theology book that examines the free will vs. determinism debate. He has also written The Little Book of Unholy Questions, which looks to show the incoherence of the idea of an all-loving, all-knowing and all-powerful God. As an interlude from writing about philosophy and theology, he has branched out by writing a book of advice for dads of twins;Twins: A Survival Guide for Dads.

He is a founder author for the Skeptic Ink Network (SIN), an online community of skeptic writers, bloggers, academics, thinkers and activists, which can also be found on their Facebook page.

No need to book in advance - We'll be asking for a £3 donation per seat to cover our costs.

Professor Anil Seth

When?
Thursday, October 9 2014 at 8:00PM

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Where?

North St
Horsham
West Sussex
RH12 1RG

Who?
Professor Anil Seth

What's the talk about?

 Consciousness is at once the most familiar and the most mysterious features of our existence. It fades every night when we fall into a dreamless sleep, and returns again when we wake up or dream. Without consciousness there would be no world and no self; there would be nothing at all. 

Over the last decade or two, a new science of consciousness has begun to reveal its biological basis. This new science will not only help us better understand our place in nature, but will also provide important new opportunities for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders. For these reasons, understanding the biology of consciousness is widely recognized as a key scientific challenge for the 21st century. 

In this talk Professor Anil Seth will give a whistle-stop tour of the frontiers of consciousness science, focusing on eight ‘key’ questions driving current research, both in his lab and in the wider world.

Anil Seth is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience and Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at Sussex University

www.anilseth.com 

www.anilkseth.wordpress.com 

www.sussex.ac.uk/sackler

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Michael Marshall

When?
Thursday, November 13 2014 at 8:00PM

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Where?

North St
Horsham
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RH12 1RG

Who?
Michael Marshall

What's the talk about?

 It’s easy to think of pseudoscience existing in a glass case at a museum – something to be examined and critiqued from a safe distance, but not something to touch and to play with. Using examples taken from his own personal experiences in skepticism, Michael Marshall will show what happens when you begin to crack the surface of the pseudosciences that surround us – revealing the surprising, sometimes-shocking and often-comic adventures that lie beneath.

Michael Marshall is the Vice President of the Merseyside Skeptics Society and Project Director of the Good Thinking Society. He regularly speaks with proponents of pseudoscience for the Be Reasonable podcast. His work with the MSS has seen him organising international homeopathy protests and co-founding the popular QED conference. He has written for the Guardian, The Times and New Scientist.

Here's his latest piece for the Guardian