Scientific Proof of Reincarnation
Dr. Ian Stevenson’s Life Work
Is reincarnation possible? For many people the idea of reincarnation seems remote and bizarre. BUT, there is compelling evidence of life after death, either in spirit in some other realm, or reincarnated here on Earth.
There are many books on reincarnation written by those who want to make a quick buck, or those promoting a particular religious thought or simply to become popular and appear on talk shows and then charge people (gullible) on an hourly basis.
Dr Stevenson is not driven by any such factor. He is probably the best known, if not most respected, collection of scientific data that appears to provide scientific proof that reincarnation is real, is the life’s work of Dr. Ian Stevenson. He is Carlson Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Parapsychology, Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He has devoted the last forty years to the scientific documentation of past life memories of children from all over the world. He has over 3000 cases in his files. Many people, including skeptics and scholars, agree that these cases offer the best evidence yet for reincarnation.
The idea that some children of ages three to five not only remember a previous existence, but can identify loved ones from it, strikes most Westerners as so bizarre that it compels disbelief. Perhaps this is why the world’s foremost investigator of the phenomenon, Dr. Ian Stevenson, has attracted so little attention. He has always been careful to say his work is only “suggestive of reincarnation” but he clearly leans that way. His evidence is compelling that something strange is happening – especially when children remember past lives, call out for relatives (in there past life) by name, have unexplained bruises and recognize their old past-life neighborhoods. Yes, strange and wonderful indeed. But not, by any means, determinative of reincarnation.
Dr. Ian Stevenson’s work gives an overview of the history of the belief in and evidence for reincarnation. Representative cases of children, research methods used, analyses of the cases and of variations due to different cultures, and the explanatory value of the idea of reincarnation for some unsolved problems in psychology and medicine are reviewed.
Hypnosis, while useful in researching into past lives, is less reliable from a purely scientific perspective. In order to collect his data, Dr. Stevenson methodically documents the child’s statements of a previous life. Then he identifies the deceased person the child remembers being, and verifies the facts of the deceased person’s life that match the child’s memory. He even matches birthmarks and birth defects to wounds and scars on the deceased, verified by medical records. His strict methods systematically rule out all possible “normal” explanations for the child’s memories.
You can reed more about him and his research here!
All of Stevenson’s books have been published by the University Press of Virginia, and all are in print. They include Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation; Cases of the Reincarnation Type (four volumes). Unlearned Language: New Studies in Xenoglossy, and Telepathic Impressions. A Review and Report of Thirty-five New Cases. If you are interested in knowing anything about reincarnation, or want any proof of it, read Stevenson’s books. He is sincere, scholarly, scientific, and thorough in his research.
- Life Before Life: Children’s Memories of Previous Lives Paperback by Jim B. Tucker (Author), Ian Stevenson (Foreword);
- Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect by Ian Stevenson M.D. (Author);
You will never prove that heaven or hell exist, in any scientific sense, anyway, but there is evidence for the idea of many lives, and Stevenson presents some of it in his books. 🙂