The following resources are available:
The CARDIGAN FUND is a small fund set up for the prime purpose of encouraging scientific research and interest into some aspects of parapsychology in Australia. The Fund makes financial contributions to research projects presented to it by the AIPR in the areas of extra-sensory perception (ESP), psychokinesis (PK), and survival and relate issues (e.g., out-of-body experiences [OBEs], near-death experiences [NDEs], reincarnation). The research must be carried out in Australia but fund recipients may be Australian or overseas citizens.
Funds may also be used to arrange public meetings and/or workshops in Australia aimed at presenting and discussing articles, or giving demonstrations, or interpreting past or planned parapsychological research relating to the topics just listed. For those wishing to give (or attend) non-technical presentations of psychic experiences at an introductory level, financial assistance may be given, provided (i) any of above-listed topics are to be discussed; and (ii) the meeting/workshop is held in Australia.
Funding is also available for Australian parapsychology researchers or students to attend overseas events (e.g., conferences, symposia) on the above-mentioned topics. It is expected that the recipient will make a formal commitment to give a written and/or oral report on their experiences. Applicants must lodge applications at least three months prior to the event.
Grants may be up to $12,000 (instalments will be paid for projects running 12 months or longer subject to approval of progress reports submitted every 6 months). Applicants may need to consider using Cardigan Fund monies as a supplement to self-funding or already established external funding, provided the applicant continues to conduct that research, or a component of their research, in Australia.
Applications must include a proposal describing the planned research or event, including aims or rationale (for research, the method and hypotheses, details and proof of other funding, if applicable, are required). Applications must also explain how the work fulfils the aims of the Cardigan Fund. Proposals must include a budget outlining the various costs and total amount required, a CV, and names and contact details of two referees. It is preferred that research be conducted at reputable institutions.
Only one proposal per applicant per year will be funded unless prior approval has been given to projects running over 12 months. A Cardigan-funded study from a previous round must be completed before a new proposal from the same applicant or members from the same researcher team will receive funding, although the new study may be approved for funding in the new period.
Successful research applicants are free to publish their findings in relevant media of their choice (e.g., peer-reviewed journals), but a full report detailing the project’s achievements and findings should be lodged with the AIPR after project completion for use in AIPR publications. It is expected that acknowledgement be made in the article that the research was made possible by funding from the Cardigan Fund.
Applications for research and event organizing will be accepted between July 1st and October 31st of the respective year. Event attendees may lodge any time provided the date of receipt is at least three months prior to the event to allow us time for processing. Late applications received after October 31st will be included in the following year’s round. Applicants may be asked to provide additional information.
Applicants must agree to take out appropriate forms of insurance. Grants will be the final and total amount provided so that successful applicants need to be aware that no further financial assistance will be given to cover incidental expenses not included in the budget of the application form (see Section 5 in the application form).
All applicants will be notified of the success or otherwise of their applications.
Applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; or posted to Dr. Lance Storm, c/o AIPR, Inc., P. O. Box 295, Gladesville, NSW 1675, AUSTRALIA.
Click here to download Application Form
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.
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, click here.
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 AIPR Advanced Certificate in Parapsychology course unit: Characteristics of Believers in the Paranormal
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: click 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).
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).
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 LECTURE.
“Is there a Paranormal Explanation for Past Life Information?”: On August 4, 2009, at Deakin University (Burwood campus) Dr. Jürgen 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).
Libraries in Sydney
The 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 and 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.
The Project Alpha Papers
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, click here