Science provides the
nearest approximation we have to a value-free model of reality. If anomalous phenomena are real, not simply mis-observation,
then they must inevitably be 'natural' and fall within the remit of science. ASSAP seeks to add to scientific knowledge, not
replace it with any alterative belief system.
NO CORPORATE BELIEFS?
Anyone who has examined
the evidence for the paranormal in detail is likely to come to the conclusion that the scientific evidence for the paranormal
is slight, patchy and contradictory. There are very few undisputed facts in the field and even fewer generally accepted theories.
Given this background, objectively there is precious little for anyone to 'believe' in. Therefore it makes sense to start
with a clean sheet and simply examine what there is 'out there' without preconceived ideas of what we will find. In any case,
science demands such an unbiased, disciplined approach to work. We are neither interested in starting new philosophies nor
in spreading unyielding scepticism. We simply want the truth, whatever it may turn out to be. Of course, individual members
will inevitably have their own beliefs and opinions on our subject as, indeed, do professional scientists, but we encourage
a neutral, belief-free approach to the actual research.
IS ASSAP'S STATUS AS AN ORGANISATION?
ASSAP is a registered
charity (number 327422) and a company limited by guarantee (number 2075226) based in the United Kingdom. Formed on 10 June
1981 by a group of serious researchers, it has grown steadily to its present worldwide membership of over 300. ASSAP has gained
a reputation for careful, responsible research. It is frequently approached by the media for news and comment on anomalous
HAS ASSAP DONE SO FAR?
The following are just
a few highlights of ASSAP's many activities to date. ASSAP has undertaken a number of investigations into allegedly haunted
locations. It has also examined numerous reports of UFOs as well as many other phenomena. Anomalous photographs currently
form a significant part of its caseload. The association has worked with organisations like English Heritage and local authorities
to investigate unusual occurrences. In addition, experimental research has been conducted into such fields as remote viewing,
hypnotic regression, numerology, tarot and table tilting. ASSAP has also funded scientific research projects proposed by members
e.g. investigating magnetic fields at allegedly haunted locations.
ASSAP has developed an
investigation network to examine cases reported within the United Kingdom. It has regularly published the results of its activities,
as well as holding meetings and conferences from time to time. ASSAP has its own library and archives department. Our Media
Support Agency is devoted to bringing about serious debate into our subject through the media. Many of ASSAP's activities
have appeared in various books and countless magazine and newspaper articles.
DOES ASSAP RELATE TO OTHER GROUPS?
ASSAP has contacts with
many other organisations and individuals, part of an informal network of people interested in the paranormal and related subjects.
Some groups are affiliated to the association, while others maintain looser links. In all cases ASSAP does not seek to take
over other groups but rather to work with them towards a common approach.
ASSAP HOLD MEETINGS?
ASSAP, as an organisation,
does not hold regular meetings, apart from its AGM. However, it does occasionally organise conferences, lectures, study days
and research meetings. In addition, it runs an annual investigator’s training day. This provides members with a basic
understanding of investigative techniques including interviewing, site research and vigils as well as offering advice in dealing
with the media and problem cases. Members who have attended the training day and completed a project can become Accredited
ARE THE BENEFITS OF JOINING ASSAP?
All ASSAP members (those
over 18 anyway) can take part in the Association's investigative and research activities. In particular, they can attend a
training course as trainee investigators. For those not interested in investigations there are other fields, such as research
or administration, to consider. ASSAP has active local groups that conduct their own additional activities.
ASSAP members receive
the Association's publications free. These are ASSAP News, a bimonthly newsletter, and Anomaly, the twice-yearly journal.
These publications are normally the first place where ASSAP research is published. Members can use the ASSAP library via a
postal lending service. Members can attend ASSAP's public meetings at reduced rates. There is also a pool of equipment available
for members to use on investigations.
IF I'VE WITNESSED SOMETHING ANOMALOUS?
ASSAP operates a network
of investigators covering most of the United Kingdom. We investigate reports of anomalous phenomena in a neutral, scientific
way. If you report something paranormal to us you can expect a sympathetic, unbiased attitude from our Investigations Department.
Cases are investigated in confidence. Though case details might be published in the Association's literature, pseudonyms are
used both for people and places involved (unless you specifically give permission for disclosure of these facts). We operate
according to a Code of Conduct that you are free to inspect. It enshrines our responsible approach to witnesses, their property
and privacy. Our main motivation in studying anomalous phenomena is to try to understand them in scientific terms.
GEOGRAPHICAL AREA DOES ASSAP COVER?
ASSAP is a national organisation
based in the UK. It does, however, have some foreign members though its activities are normally restricted to the UK. It has
a few regional groups, notably the Northern Group (based around NW England) and TEMS (based in West London and Surrey).