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William JamesPsychical Research and the Challenge of Modernity$
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Krister Dylan Knapp

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469631240

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631240.001.0001

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The Unseen World

The Unseen World

(p.248) Seven The Unseen World
William James

Krister Dylan Knapp

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter seven concentrates on James's theory of immortality, focusing on his explanation of the supposed communications from the dead. It establishes that his study of trance states in Spiritualist mediums led him to formulate the sublime cosmic reservoir theory, or the view that upon bodily death consciousness melds organically with all previous consciousness and is stored over time in the cosmos, which James called the “mother sea of consciousness.”

Keywords:   William James, Immortality, Sublime conscious reservoir, Trance States, Mrs. Piper, Will, Consciousness, Pluralism, Gustav Fechner

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