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Another winner from Dr. Stevenson,
By A Customer
This review is from: Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect (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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Initial post: Feb 7, 2010 9:27:43 AM PST
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Stevenson is not acknowledging that "reincarnation is really the only plausible explanation for many of these cases," but that it is the "best" one for many of those. It is here viewed more as a "supplement" than as a "substitute." The guy presented the idea of reincarnation for its "considerable explanatory value for several features of human personality and biology that currently accepted theories do not adequately clarify." But he never positioned himself anywhere near dogmatism. However, he liked other people to be open to his own explanations, which is understandable. Rigorous research for the winner.
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