What is it about?
How seriously should we take reports of experiences of extra-mental realities and encounters supernatural entities? I propose an experientially controlled metaphysics of multidimensional reality that recognizes the legitimacy of experience in various states of consciousness as an empirical starting point.
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Why is it important?
Clinically, the question of whether there exists a category of exceptional human experiences that are ontologically real is important because a diagnosis of mental health or psychopathology centers on whether a client’s experience corresponds to the nature of existence as it really is. Scientifically, the question is important because scientific research hinges on the general picture of the world guided by metaphysical hypotheses about the category of things that can and do exist. Philosophically, the question is important because it bears on the problem of religious pluralism and the different claims about the true nature of ultimate reality. At its heart, the question points reaches directly into psychology’s core assumptions about the basic reality of subjective life and what sort of science it aspires to be.
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This page is a summary of: An empirically controlled metaphysics in a science of spirituality—Is something real happening?, Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, August 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/teo0000210.
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