ASSOCIATION FOR EVALUATION AND COMMUNICATION OF EVIDENCE FOR SURVIVAL
"It is a scandal that a dispute as to the reality of these phenomena should still be going on, that so many competent witnesses should have declared their belief in them, that so many others should be profoundly interested in having the question determined, and yet that the educated world, as a body, should still be simply in the attitude of incredulity."
– Professor Henry Sidgwick, 1892

The Hierarchy of Evidence

Evidence for Survival involves the transference of information to or through a living person from or by a source claiming to be a deceased person. This information can be a fact — such as where the insurance papers are hidden — or a skill — such as how to levitate a table.
        The information must be confirmable; "Tell mom I'm okay." is not evidence of anything.
        The strength of the evidence depends on the existence and probability of explanations alternative to Survival. The less feasible any alternative explanation is for the transference of the information, the stronger the indication of spirit involvement.
        There is a difference between evidence for the existence of another dimension or spirit realm and evidence for the continuation of a particular human personality within such a realm. Evidence sufficient to demonstrate the former might not indicate the latter. Or, to put this in personal terms, just because there is a heaven doesn't mean your great granddad got there.
        In line with the above parameters, here is a sampling of evidential information, marked according to what it indicates and how strongly. This table includes only statements of fact made by an alleged spirit, the evidential strength of which depends on how credible are the alternatives of telepathy and clairvoyance. For a more complete listing that covers visions, past-life recalls, physical manifestations, and other phenomena, see the Evidence Scoring System.
        The more stars, the stronger the evidence.

Type of Evidential Information Proof of
Spirit Realm
Proof of
Personality
Statement of info consciously known to a participant.
Statement of info buried in the subconscious of a participant.
*
Statement of info spread among several different minds linked to a participant.
**
*
Statement of info spread among several different minds not linked to any participant.
***
**
Statement of info known to no one except the deceased (while living)
****
****
Statement of info related to the deceased but never known to anyone while alive.
*****
*****
Statement of info unrelated to the deceased and never known to anyone while alive.
*****
***
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