What were the Origins of PSI?

Are you confident in your understanding of the Origins of PSI based off the official lore?

  • Yes, my understanding of PSI has a solid basis due to the provided facts

  • No, official lore about PSI is little, vague, and/or contradictory


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Zheyno

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Discussion from an anonymous forum long gone:

Claim A: There was PSI on Earth before George


Reasoning 1: The existence of magypsies and PSI in the Norwhere Islands.

Reasoning 2: The existence of PSI in the ancient Scaraban pyramid, whose entrance was shut off before Earthbound, in the form of the Guardian Hieroglyph and the Guardian General.

Reasoning 3: The existence of PSI in the Deep Darkness. Lost Underworld, that is impenetrable without the Hawk Eye, in the form of the Chomposaurs.

Reasoning 4: The PSI Users of Dalaam.

Reasoning 5: The Dark Dragon needs PSI to awaken


Claim B: George did not spread PSI

Reasoning: George isolated himself. "Two years later, as suddenly as he left, George returned. He never told anyone where he had been or what he had done. But, he began an odd study, all by himself." -Game's intro

"Whether or not their wishes reached [the heavens], about two years later, unexpectedly, George returned to his house alone. As though he was a completely different person, his hair had turned white, and he clamped his mouth closed like a seashell and shut himself up in his house. Even when his close friends came to visit, George would not tell anyone where he had gone or what he had been up to." -MOTHER Encyclopedia

Counter-Argument: If someone like George didn’t observe the truth brought upon digesting alien science, the butterfly effect of multiple psi users being born afterwards were a consequence of his will to power. Also, if one were to claim that without prior knowledge, that humans can become psychics at will, then that would be a natural phenomenon. However that is not the case, as the great absence of PSI was the natural state of humanity, until aliens interfered.


Claim C: PSI cannot be spread from one to another

Reasoning 1: There is no evidence that PSI can be spread to Non-PSI Users by PSI Users. That PSI is something people naturally possess.

Counter-Argument: Ionia had either gave Lucas PSI or had awakened his hidden potential. Claus also had been implied to have similar experience.

Counter-Counter-Argument: According to Ionia's Dialogue "...Oh? You've never heard of PSI? ...That's odd. I sense loads of magical power coming from you." Lucas already possessed PSI.

Reasoning 2: Lucas and Claus had PP before Ionia.
 
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ramblinjorn

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I think George "stealing the secret of PSI" is more like "humans were born with PSI after George stole it" instead of being something they had to learn because Ness never "learned" it.
 

Enivlens

Alien Sympathizer (Well Known Member)
Honestly, I kind of like the fact that PSI is so unexplained and hard to pinpoint the origins of, it really adds onto the feeling of Earthbound's obscure setting. Still, it would be great if there was a tad bit more context, history, or explanation to such an important component of the series, such as where George went, how only select humans have it, and how the Magypsies acquired it. I just like the fact that PSI doesn't seem to be so physical and real with hard evidence and set rules backing up its existence, even if that sounds a bit childish! =D
 

Maurice Raptor

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Honestly, I kind of like the fact that PSI is so unexplained and hard to pinpoint the origins of, it really adds onto the feeling of Earthbound's obscure setting. Still, it would be great if there was a tad bit more context, history, or explanation to such an important component of the series, such as where George went, how only select humans have it, and how the Magypsies acquired it. I just like the fact that PSI doesn't seem to be so physical and real with hard evidence and set rules backing up its existence, even if that sounds a bit childish! =D
Actually, same. Love how it doesnt take that much of importance in the plot, leaving space for more interesting topics
 
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