I'm bored with the global warming debate on the last thread, so here's an attempt to change the subject. Michael Sudduth has put out a rejoinder to Chris Carter's attack on the super-psi hypothesis (found in his book Science and the Afterlife Experience).
So far I've only had time to skim Michael's essay. My off-the-cuff response would be essentially what I wrote in an earlier post, namely that if psi is at work to create the illusion of postmortem survival, it's jumping through some extremely complicated hoops to make that illusion convincing.
Item: Newly deceased communicators often show signs of confusion and weakness, while communicators who have been dead for a longer time seem to have made the adjustment to their new condition.
Item: Some communicators consistently come through various mediums, while others don't, suggesting that some of them are simply better at making contact than others.
Item: Drop-in communicators have been known to appear in circumstances where no one was thinking of them or was even aware of their existence. They appear to have an agenda of their own.
Item: Some communicators express obvious eagerness or anxiety to get a particular message through, even if the recipients are not interested or cannot make sense of it. For instance, one communicator took pains to convince his wife to look in an old book of his. She wasn't interested and had to be persuaded by a friend to dig up the book. It turned out to contain a meaningful message.
All of these things, and more, are consistent with survival and can be rationalized in terms of super-psi only by assuming extraordinary cunning and mendacity on the part of our subconscious.
Also see my remarks on the book On the Cosmic Relations in this post. Included there is a long quote from Richard Hodgson on the reasons for accepting survival as the more satisfactory hypothesis.