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Comparative Inquiry into Anomalous Mental Phenomena: The Multiple Sources of Psi (MSoP) Hypothesis as a Comprehensive Solution to the Source-of-Psi Problem
by Merlin, Serge, Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2020, 226; 28259776
Abstract (Summary)

The reincarnation hypothesis states that an individual possesses an aspect that survives bodily death and later joins another body. It has been used to reinforce the post-mortem survival hypothesis of alleged continuity of personality after death; both are supported by verified report data. The living agent psi hypothesis, which cannot be refuted on theoretical grounds, was advanced to account for that same evidence, but lacks support by experimental research. An alternative, the psychic reservoir hypothesis, holds that living and discarnate persons can access information about existential experiences of various conscious beings stored in some implicit repository of unknown nature and location. Studies have established the impossibility of definitively identifying the source of psi used by living or discarnates in mediumistic or psychic reading communications, the source-of-psi problem. A novel multiple sources of psi (MSoP) hypothesis proposed that strengthened explanatory power gained by aggregating the advantages of these different hypotheses could provide a theoretical foundation for some future solution to the source-of-psi problem. In support of these arguments, this study, which used the multipaper dissertation format, includes three journal articles: “Is the Reincarnation Hypothesis Advanced by Stevenson for Spontaneous Past-Life Experiences Relevant for the Understanding of the Ontology of Past-Life Phenomena?,” published under the author’s prior name S. Slavoutski in 2012 in the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 31(1), “Beyond Survival Debates: Addressing the Source-of-Psi Problem with the Multiple Sources of Psi Hypothesis (Part I),” and “Beyond Survival Debates: Addressing the Source-of-Psi Problem with the Multiple Sources of Psi Hypothesis (Part II),” both published in 2020 in the Journal of Consciousness Exploration & Research, 11(4). This dissertation contains theoretical investigations in the fields of transpersonal studies and parapsychological research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wade, Jenny
Commitee: Hartelius, Glenn, Louchakova-Schwartz, Olga
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: Integral and Transpersonal Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 82/6(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Psychology, Metaphysics, Spirituality
Keywords: Living agent psi, Multiple sources, Psi hypothesis, Psychic reservoir hypothesis, Reincarnation hypothesis, Survival hypothesis
Publication Number: 28259776
ISBN: 9798557032599
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