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Paul Von Ward, born in 1939 on a share-cropper's farm, grew up in post- WW II Florida where he graduated (Phi Beta Kappa) from Florida State University -- then earned two Masters degrees, at FSU and Harvard. Trained in psychology, ordained as a Baptist minister, he became a U.S. naval officer in the Vietnam era -- then appointed a U.S. diplomat by President Johnson. Following 18 years public service overseas and in Washington, DC, he resigned to found an international nonprofit dedicated to cross-cultural understanding and cooperation. He became a leader in the citizen-diplomacy movement leading to Gorbachev's perestoika policies in the former USSR and private American bridges to China and other nations. Paul's most recent book is "We've Never Been Alone: A History of Extraterrestrial Intervention" (2011) is an update of his 2004 book described below. It reframes the current human story of our origins, the basis of supernatural religions, the institutions of kingship and theocratic governments, and provides plausible explanations of our genetic evolution. It explains the basis of previous and present cultural and religious wars. It exposes the reasons why science has failed to incorporate the possibility of other conscious/intelligent beings who have and continue to interact with humans. His first book, "Dismantling the Pyramid" (of government), in 1981 added to the Washington debate on government reform. His multifaceted career and continuing education prepared him to become an interdisciplinary cosmologist and prolific, independent scholar. His 1990's book "Solarian Legacy" (updated and expanded as "Our Solarian Legacy" in 2001) combined current science in many disciplines to develop a "self-learning cosmology" to explain the universe's evolution, including humans. His book "Gods, Genes, & Consciousness" (2004) provides an alternate interpretation of ancient texts to encompass the possibility of nonhuman influences on the history of human development. His book The "The Soul Genome: Science and Reincarnation" (2008) is the first comprehensive scientific analysis of the many areas of empirical evidence that support the concept of reincarnation. Living in the hills of north Georgia, he also writes articles and lectures in the U.S. and abroad.
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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Fenestra Books; 1st edition (March 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587369958
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587369957
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Paul Von Ward, born in 1939 on a share-cropper's farm, grew up in post- WW II Florida where he graduated (Phi Beta Kappa) from Florida State University -- then earned two Masters degrees, at FSU and Harvard. Trained in psychology, ordained as a Baptist minister, he became a U.S. naval officer in the Vietnam era -- then appointed a U.S. diplomat by President Johnson. Following 18 years public service overseas and in Washington, DC, he resigned to found an international nonprofit dedicated to cross-cultural understanding and cooperation. He became a leader in the citizen-diplomacy movement leading to Gorbachev's perestoika policies in the former USSR and private American bridges to China and other nations.

Paul's most recent book is "We've Never Been Alone: A History of Extraterrestrial Intervention" (2011) is an update of his 2004 book described below. It reframes the current human story of our origins, the basis of supernatural religions, the institutions of kingship and theocratic governments, and provides plausible explanations of our genetic evolution. It explains the basis of previous and present cultural and religious wars. It exposes the reasons why science has failed to incorporate the possibility of other conscious/intelligent beings who have and continue to interact with humans.

His first book, "Dismantling the Pyramid" (of government), in 1981 added to the Washington debate on government reform. His multifaceted career and continuing education prepared him to become an interdisciplinary cosmologist and prolific, independent scholar. His 1990's book "Solarian Legacy" (updated and expanded as "Our Solarian Legacy" in 2001) combined current science in many disciplines to develop a "self-learning cosmology" to explain the universe's evolution, including humans. His book "Gods, Genes, & Consciousness" (2004) provides an alternate interpretation of ancient texts to encompass the possibility of nonhuman influences on the history of human development. His book The "The Soul Genome: Science and Reincarnation" (2008) is the first comprehensive scientific analysis of the many areas of empirical evidence that support the concept of reincarnation.

Living in the hills of north Georgia, he also writes articles and lectures in the U.S. and abroad.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Thomas G. Nielsen on March 5, 2008
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In The Soul Genome, Paul Von Ward focuses on developing and exploring a theoretical model, genomic constructs, and new technology (instruments and methods) for fathoming the phenomena of reincarnation as evidenced in a select number of adult lives, past and present.

He surveys a variety of unexplained phenomena and developments in frontier science in order to establish the matrix upon which he grows his ideas and thinking. He probes such phenomena as prodigies, precocity, anomalous (unsourced) knowledge, and unbidded images in dreams, visions, déjà vu, 'doppelgangers' (look-alikes), and mimiced life events. He examines emerging theory and research in such fields as natural philosophy, physics, biology, genetics, psychiatry, psychology, biocommunications, and consciousness (e.g., Ervin Laszlo, Rupert Sheldrake, Savely Savva, Cleve Backster, Carl Jung, Dean Radin, Gary and Stephan Schwartz). These provide the nutrients for his theory, hypothesis, and constructs of a soul genome.

Then Von Ward plunges into the realm of theorizing, hypothesizing, measuring, and testing an explanatory, Integral Model for reincarnation. The Integral Model consists of an 'apparent reincarnation package.' For the package Von Ward coins the term psychoplasm--the soul-genome--which is similar to Stevenson's hypothesized psychophore construct. Specifically, Von Ward's psychoplasm is 'a genome-like, energetic and information biofield that embodies a single being's knowledge, feelings, and behavior patterns that transcend space-time.'

Five factors constitute this soul/psychoplasm which Von Ward labels Physical Phenotypes, Cognitive Cerebrotypes, Emotional Egotypes, Social Personatypes, and Creative Performatypes.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Richard Masloski on April 14, 2008
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I remember reading about a young man years back who so identified with the fictional character of Mr. Spock from "Star Trek" that he had his name legally changed to that of the Vulcan....and went so far as to have his ears surgically altered to look like those of the Leonard Nimoy character! Now...does this mean that the fellow is a reincarnation of Mr. Spock? Hardly. It just means that with so very many folks, personality is so elusive or fragile that they need to anchor it on someone whom they admire or love for whatever reason (one reason being that a multitude of others cherishes the same personage, fictional or otherwise...and thus to emulate the emulated may - to the self-delusional - bring them some of that esteem and worship, however unwarranted in the imitator's case). The cases Paul Von Ward presents in his book "The Soul Genome" are not all that convincing, although I am open-minded enough to accept his basic theory as rather probable. But it is the examples used in the book that seem forced. For example, the book's cover is reproduced on page 40 and is used to illustrate a potential reincarnation of our fourth President James Madison in the form of an anonymous man (how convenient!) of whom - instead of a photo - we are presented with a painting done of him in 1972. Later in the book (page 127) we are shown a painting of the aged James Madison and James-II - but NOW we are shown a photograph of the aged contemporary politician...but with the eyes (windows of the soul) blocked out! These pictures are all shown to illustrate the facial similarity of the two men, both when younger and older. The trouble is - they look nothing alike! Nor does the living artist Peter Teekamp look anything at all like his supposed pre-incarnated self of Paul Gauguin.Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Sabine Lucas on May 27, 2008
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Paul Von Ward's fascinating pilot study on the "soul genome" is breaking new ground on the way to a science of reincarnation. Walking in the footsteps of the great past-life explorer Ian Stevenson by taking a scientific approach to an unscientific subject, he gets - like Stevenson - convincing results.

In his carefully documented case studies he uses a great deal of discernment as well as a variety of tools, including biometric face measurements, to test the validity of people's reincarnation claims and to track down the "soul prints" that shape and form our personalities lifetime after lifetime. Based on his empirical observations, he frames the plausible hypothesis that an energy-based, genome-like "psychoplasm"- possibly encompassing the 46 chromosomes inherited from our parents and the "junk" part of the DNA - might be responsible for carrying our personality traits, idiosyncrasies, traumas and life experiences from one incarnation to another. The continuity of these reincarnational patterns he interprets as an ongoing process of soul experimentation and learning.

For me, as a past-life therapist working with past-life dreams, this book is a Godsend. For not only does it validate many of my own findings, but it places this still controversial subject on a more solid, verifiable foundation. - Thank you, Paul Von Ward, for a great service!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wilja C G Witcombe on May 16, 2008
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.... and he did it again!
Paul Von Ward's books are real masterpieces of research work, beautifully composed and presented consolidations of information and conclusions on topics that challenge the reader's traditional education and understanding of the world.

Following his books "Our Solarian Legacy" and "Gods, Genes & Consciousness", Paul von Ward's latest book "The Soul's Genome: Science and Reincarnation" introduces the reader to the realm of reincarnation and the current scientific methods of analysis. In his so typical and always beautiful way of expression, the author presents reincarnation cases, hypotheses and analytical tools for validation that are new and unique but also easily understood and mentally digested by laymen as well as scientists.

Mr. Von Ward's definition of soul or psychoplasm is also intriguing and opens new perspectives to life and death as he defines it (in his book at least) as a "genome-like, energetic and information biofield that embodies a single being's knowledge, feelings, and behavior patterns that transcend space-time."

So, where does it take and leave us now ... ?

Paul Von Ward takes you on a journey that will make you think, reflect and ponder about your life from a completely new and different angle. When finishing his book you want to know "... and who am I now?" By referring to the Dalai Lama at the beginning, the author very rightly states that "you may also be amazed to know that if it (= reincarnation) is real for people like the Dalai Lama, it is equally likely that you and all other humans are reincarnations of people who have lived before."

Well done, Mr. Von Ward! I hope you will continue with your enlightening work and write a follow-up (part 2) of this book in the near future!

Atma namaste, Paul!

Wilja C G Witcombe, Colombo / Sri Lanka
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