For those who are interested in finding out more, the following resources are available:
Back Issues of
A.I.P.R. Bulletin & Australian Parapsychological Review
There are back issues of the A.I.P.R. BULLETIN and
Australian Parapsychological Review at the original cover prices (from $2.50 per copy). These date back
to the 1980s and a small number of complete sets are still available. To view a list of
available issues, and
view back-issue covers, click here.
the Australian Journal of parapsychology
To view the abstracts from articles in all
previous issues of the Australian Journal of Parapsychology, click here.
AIPR Information Sheets provide information about specific
parapsychological topics. To view the full list of available information sheets,
Thalbourne's Australian Sheep-Goat
Dr. Michael A. Thalbourne's Australian Sheep-Goat Scale (ASGS) has been
used by researchers as a predictor of paranormal belief and performance.
'Sheep' and 'goats' are convenience terms originally devised by parapsychologist
Gertrude Schmeidler to describe believers and skeptics, respectively. For the
full 18-item Australian Sheep-Goat Scale, click
here. For information on the development of the ASGS, go to
Thalbourne & Delin (1994). For references on paranormal belief, go to the
Certificate in Parapsychology course unit:
Characteristics of Believers in
Scoring: The ASGS
uses visual analogue scales, each of which measures where a participant's cross
or stroke falls on the horizontal line above each item.
Researchers will need the ASGS Ruler to measure item scores:
here. Total score is out of 36. The AIPR recommends that researchers
"Rasch-scale" the ASGS raw scores on SPSS file data using an SPSS
syntax file: click here (Contact
Lance Storm for details).
Thalbourne's Transliminality Scale
Dr. Michael A. Thalbourne's Transliminality
Scale (TLS) has been used by researchers as a predictor of paranormal
belief and performance. Transliminality is currently defined as "a hypothesized
tendency for psychological material to cross (trans) thresholds (limines)
into or out of consciousness" (Thalbourne & Houran, 2000, p. 853). For more
detailed information on the Concept of Transliminality, including references,
click here. For the full
29-item TLS, click here.
Scoring: T (true) = 1; F (false) = 0. Total score is out of 29. The AIPR
recommends that researchers "Rasch-scale" the TLS raw scores on SPSS
file data using an SPSS syntax file:
click here (Contact
Lance Storm for details).
5th Annual AIPR Lecture 2013
On November 21, 2013, at the University of Western Sydney, Dr.
Rafael Locke, a researcher at the University of Virginia, USA, spoke on
the first person science of consciousness
which has emerged as a challenging and potentially fruitful approach to
investigating the relationship between consciousness, states of
consciousness, and psi phenomena. His lecture "Navigating to the Inside",
can be downloaded, click here: LOCKE
Annual Lecture 2009
"Is there a Paranormal Explanation for Past Life
Information?": On August 4, 2009, at Deakin University (Burwood campus),
Keil, a former psychology lecturer of the University of Tasmania, and currently
one of Australia’s best-known psi researchers, presented his recent research into apparent reincarnation cases from field work undertaken in Turkey and Asia.
Dr. Jürgen Keil elaborated on a theory which explains such cases as anomalous
communication rather than ‘past lives’. To hear the lecture
(duration: 34 mins.), click here:
KEIL LECTURE (left click to
play; or right click to save).
AIPR has donated over 300 books pertaining to parapsychology, and
other related fields, to Willoughby Library in Chatswood,
Sydney. These can be borrowed by the general public in person at
the library or through inter-library loans in your local area. The
address is: 407 Victoria Ave, Chatswood, NSW 2069.
Willoughby Library web site is here.
The Sutherland Library at Eton St, Sutherland, NSW
2232, is a public library which specialises in philosophy
and psychology (including parapsychology). Interlibrary loans are
available. Sutherland Library web site is here.
Other libraries which have a good selection of books are:
Swedenborg Lending Library, 4 Shirley Rd, Roseville NSW 2069, www.swedenborg.com.au
Theosophical Society, 128 Russell St, Melbourne 3000.
AIPR has an extensive list of recommended publications that cover a vast number of specialist topics.
The full list of AIPR recommended reading can be found here.
Project Alpha was a hoax
masterminded by the magician James Randi
in the early 1980’s. It involved a number of scientists, including
AIPR past President Dr. Michael Thalbourne (1955 – 2010).
For more details, and to access
The Project Alpha Papers,