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Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect
  

Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect

by Praeger Publishers
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Children who claim to remember a previous life have been found in many parts of the world, particularly in the Buddhist and Hindu countries of South Asia, among the Shiite peoples of Lebanon and Turkey, the tribes of West Africa, and the American northwest. Stevenson has collected over 2,600 reported cases of past-life memories of which 65 detailed reports have been published. Specific information from the children's memories has been collected and matched with the data of their claimed former identity, family, residence, and manner of death. Birthmarks or other physiological manifestations have been found to relate to experiences of the remembered past life, particularly violent death. Writing as a specialist in psychiatry and as a world-renowned scientific investigator of reported paranormal events, Stevenson asks us to suspend our Western tendencies to disbelieve in "reincarnation" and consider the reality of the burgeoning record of cases now available. This book summarizes Stevenson's findings which are presented in full in the multi-volume work entitled Reincarnation and Biology: A Contribution to the Etiology of Birthmarks and Birth Defects, also published by Praeger. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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“Ian Stevenson is the foremost researcher on reincarnation in this country and, indeed, the world. No one who studies his work can fail to be impressed with the carefulness of his fact-finding and evidence-gathering and with the honesty and candor of his conclusions. If you are interested in the evidence for reincarnation, buy this book. For those cases which particularly fascinate you, you will want to examine their details in Reincarnation and Biology.”–Spiritual Frontiers

“This amazing book provides a synopsis of the multivolume series of books that Stevenson published over a course of nearly four decades....This book is of general interest and useful for undergraduate and public library collections.”–Religious Studies Review

“Br Ian Stevenson of the University of Virginia, US, has run a throrough investigation into the numerous claims of babies born bearing the scars receives in former lives. Many of his findings are documented in the 1997 book Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect.”–The X Factor

“Dr. Ian Stevenson, a distinguished scholar and professor of psychiatry at the University of Virginia has written a highly intriguing book about his experiences around the world that support the idea that birth marks and other skin lesions and abnormalities may provide evidence of cutaneous injurines sustained in a previous life, thus supporting the notion of reincarnation....Ian Stevenson' well written book, modest in its claims, is an interesting read with an intriguing challenge.”–Integrative Physiological and Behavioral Science --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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140 of 140 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Dr. Stevenson January 27, 1999
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Format:Paperback
This is basically the "Reader's Digest" version of a much longer, more technical work. Thus, the descriptions of some of the cases are very sketchy. Nevertheless, Stevenson's reputation is impeccable after something like 40 years in this field, and you can be pretty confident that he isn't seriously skewing the facts. He seems to be more up-front than in earlier works in acknowledging that reincarnation is really the only plausible explanation for many of these cases. The book focuses primarily on cases where birthmarks and other physical anomalies match up with injuries suffered in the prior life. The book is well-illustrated with photographs, and some of the cases are truly weird. Put this book together with something like his Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation, and your theology will be sorely challenged if it denies the reality of reincarnation.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reincarnation enters academia June 14, 2002
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Ian Stevensons book is a superb scientific exploration into the generally more esoteric realm of reincarnation. He has collected over 2600 reported cases of past-life memories of which 65 detailed reports have been published. It is correct, as one reviewer claims, that these reported cases are primarily from Buddhist, Hindu, African or Native American cultures where such phenomenons are more widely accepted than in the West. But this is natural, says Stevenson, as these cultures more openly will allow a child to speak about a previous life without being disbelieved or rebuked as they may be in the Christian West. Young children are very impressionable and will generally suppress whatever his or her parent or the culture does not permit them to believe in. Thus, it is reasonable to assume that there will be more such claims in these non-Western cultures to conduct such studies. One cannot accuse Stevenson of not following a scientific approach (instrumental injunction, direct apprehension, communal confirmation), his book brims with extremly detailed reports from children whose memories have been carefully collected and matched with the data of their former identity, profession, residence, and the way they died. If this is not believable science, what is? If reincarnation is a new concept to you, read and judge for yourself. If you already believe in reincarnation, read and get more rational reason to state your case.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mix of good and bad stuff June 5, 2004
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This is definitely NOT the best book from dr. Ian Stevenson. The author has lost his skepticism and most of his scientific impartiality. The majority of cases included in this book lacks strong evidence sugestive of reincarnation, with the exception of a few very good cases. Because of these good cases, the book is still worth its value, but overall it is not a great work. "Children who remember previous lives" is a much better book from the same author.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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In his book "Reincarnation--A Critical Examination (1996/2002)," the late Paul Edwards quoted Charles Darwin, together with other three well-known scholars, saying "To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact." Hence, Edwards tried to kill his supposed an error, i.e., the idea of reincarnation, in particular, the scientific lifework on "Reincarnation" by the late Professor Ian Stevenson. In the last pages he quoted Stevenson's testimony in a BBC program (in 1976); let me quote the part:
Professors Cohen and Taylor regarded the notion of extra-cerebral memories as totally absurd. Professor Stevenson vehemently disagreed. "Memories may exist in the brain," he said, "and exist elsewhere also." The best evidence that they may exist elsewhere, Stevenson continued, comes from his own reincarnation research. On the question of the "storage" of memories he remarked that there "might be a nonphysical process of storage." The memories "might be in some dimension...which cannot be understood in terms of current physical concepts."

In the last chapter of his book Stevenson wrote "In saying this I declare myself an adherent of interactionist dualism." And Cartesian dualism is a notorious idea from the viewpoint of mainstream science as well as mainstream philosophy because the idea supposes the mind exists in a nonphysical dimension (probably, as well as in physical dimension during life, if not detectable physically). The nonphysical dimension for the mind is the problem because it "cannot be understood in terms of current physical concepts," as Stevenson stated. The supposed interaction between the mind and body may violate the cherished "empirical" physical law of conservation of energy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book May 14, 2014
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This book is basically a series of summaries of detailed reincarnation investigations in various parts of the world. I think the author did a good job of applying an analytical interviewing process to a somewhat abstract concept. The summaries were about right in length and detail, as more information for each situation would have made the book drag a bit, and less information would have hurt credibility. It would have been beneficial to have more data points in the United States, but the book also articulates the lack of reported situations in this area. Regardless, for me, it was still a book worth reading. If you are interested or like this book, it may also be beneficial to read Many Lives Many Masters, which does provide some examples from the US. Note that these two books are written quite differently, as this book is much more clinical with many more examples in a summarized format, while Many Lives Many Masters looks at fewer examples in more detail.
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