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Chichester and Horsham talks: Why evolution is true February 2016

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Toby Wilsher and Sarah Sjoholm-Patience presented Chichester and Horsham Humanists with an overview of Jeremy Coyne's book "Why evolution is true" as part of Darwin Day celebrations.
 

Andrew Copson talk at Chichester March 2016

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Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association (BHA), gave an entertaining and inspirational talk on Humanism to regular members of Chichester Humanists and many visitors.

Before joining the BHA staff 11 years ago, Andrew studied Ancient and Modern History. He used this knowledge to help explode some of the myths surrounding Humanism: that it is a recent Western phenomenon reliant on religion for its context.

Andrew went on to describe the chief attributes of a Humanist.

 

Astrology talk by Afifah Hamilton at Chichester Humanists 16th May 2016

Afifah Hamilton is a biologist who works with genetic coding. She is also a practitioner of complementary, including herbalism and nutrition, and has a passionate interest in astrology. She described astrology as an ancient language and showed us how the familiar symbols of the planets were arrived at, as well as the characteristics of the planets.

 

Chichester Humanists talk 16th November 2015: How not to get Fooled by Myth and Quackery

The Paradox of Scepticism and the Dangers of Bogus Sceptics
A talk by author Richard Wilson
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Sceptics try to take a rational, evidence-based approach to life, yet for most of us, rationality is a constant struggle. Even those disseminating wholly bogus ideas, from corporate pseudo-science to paranoid conspiracy theories, have sought to appropriate the language of rational inquiry - with increasingly disastrous results. But what are the hallmarks of bogus scepticism, and how can we distinguish it from the genuine article?

In this interesting presentation, Richard highlighted the problems that can arise when peddlers of myth and quackery succeed in portraying themselves as sceptics. He used the tragic story of the AIDs epidemic to illustrate the harm done by people who present themselves as genuine sceptics and yet choose to ignore the overwhelming evidence.

Richard Wilson is the author of Don't Get Fooled Again: The Sceptics Guide to Life.
 
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