The following aims were drafted in 1989 at a national committee meeting
The aims of Australian Skeptics are:
- To investigate claims of pseudoscientific, paranormal and similarly anomalous phenomena from a responsible, scientific point of view.
- To publicise the results of these investigations and, where appropriate, to draw attention to the possibility of natural and ordinary explanations of such phenomena.
- To accept explanations and hypotheses about paranormal occurrences only after good evidence has been adduced, which directly or indirectly supports such hypotheses.
- To encourage Australians and the Australian news media to adopt a critical attitude towards paranormal claims and to understand that to introduce or to entertain a hypothesis does not constitute confirmation or proof of that hypothesis.
- To stimulate inquiry and the quest for truth, wherever it leads.
These aims will be pursued by:
- Establishing a network of people interested in critically examining claims of the paranormal,
- Publishing a periodical, the Skeptic and distributing relevant information.
- Publishing articles, monographs and books that examine claims of the paranormal.
- Maintaining a library.
- Preparing a bibliography of relevant published material.
- Encouraging and commissioning research by objective and impartial inquirers.
- Conducting meetings, seminars and conferences.
- Acting as a public information resource by making informed members and relevant expertise available to the news media and other interested groups.
The sceptical attitude involves:
- Seeking all relevant evidence concerning any extraordinary or putative paranormal event, claim or theory.
- Keeping an open mind and not rejecting paranormal claims a priori.
- Refusing to accept as true theories and explanations for which there is insufficient or ambiguous evidence and recognising that withholding belief is a preferable position to accepting claims for which there is insufficient evidence.
- In seeking explanations, to prefer the ordinary to the extraordinary, the natural to the supernatural and the simple to the complex.