Chichester Humanists is a local branch of West Sussex Humanists and represents the interests of the non-religious residents in and around Chichester.

Each month we discuss issues concerning religion and belief, ethics, equality, human rights and science, including current events.

We liase with Chichester District Council and West Sussex County Council on matters concerning equality of religion and belief, and monitor Council activities, including proposals for new "faith" schools.

We are keen to campaign on behalf of non-religious residents who feel disadvantaged because of their beliefs, e.g. access to a community school, discrimination at work or through the delivery of local services.

We organise events and displays, invite prominent speakers, and give talks to local organisations, including schools and colleges.

We meet once a month in Muchos Nachos140 Whyke Rd, Chichester PO19 8HT (tel: 01243 785 009)

Meetings are from 7.30pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Instead of membership subscriptions, there is a £3 entrance charge for meetings with speakers (usual concessions).

If you would like to meet some local freethinkers and have a chat, please come along and join us at the next meeting. Look out for the poster above.

For more details, email Julian.

Being freethinkers there are many things secular humanists will not agree on, but there are some matters on which we do take a firm and unanimous stand. We do not condone prejudice of any sort. Nor do we hate religious people. Such views are entirely contrary to any humanist philosophy and we reserve the right to exclude any person promoting them.

Chichester and Horsham talks: Why evolution is true February 2016

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.
Toby drew on other sources (e.g. the book "Homosapiens") and his skill in theatre to present an entertaining summary of the book.
He began by discussing the difference between an everyday theory (for example, a hunch) and a scientific theory (our best and testable explanation of all the available evidence).
He went on to describe what evolution is and how the predictions it makes have all been exhaustively verified. These include:
  • evolutionary change in the fossil record
  • fossil evidence of one line of descent splitting into two or more species
  • evidence of "missing links" that link together major groups such as birds and reptiles
  • genetic variation for many traits within a species so that evolutionary change can take place
  • imperfect adaptation that is expected from a less than perfect system rather than one of an intelligent creator
  • natural selection acting in the wild

In addition, he showed why evolution is the best explanation of other facts such as: the pattern of species distribution on the earth's surface, peculiarities in embryonic development and the existence of parts of anatomy that are of no appsrent use.

After his presentation there was a general discussion with many questions and answers.

Toby did an excellent job of presenting a complex subject in a relatively short time. For more information, buy a copy of the book. It's a great read and will convince any open-minded person that evolution is a fact. Its true!


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The Chichester Observer made a video and wrote an article covering the laying of a Humanist wreath after the main religious ceremony. A transcript of the speech can be downloaded here.

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