Our Aims

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.