AIPR Information Sheets provide information about specific
parapsychological topics. To view the full list of available information sheets,
Thalbourne's Australian Sheep-Goat Scale
and Transliminality Scale
Dr. Michael A. Thalbourne's Australian Sheep-Goat Scale (ASGS) has often 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
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 (Contact
Lance Storm for details).
Dr. Michael A. Thalbourne's Transliminality
Scale (TLS) has also 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,
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 (Contact
Lance Storm for details).
Annual Lecture 2009
On August 4, 2009, 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’. (Lecture Theatre 1,
Building I, Deakin University, Burwood Campus). 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:
ADYAR Library, 484 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000 , www.adyar.com.au
Swedenborg Lending Library, 4 Shirley Rd, Roseville NSW 2069, www.swedenborg.com.au
Theosophical Society, 128 Russell St, Melbourne 3000.