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Children Who Remember Previous Lives: A Question of Reincarnation Paperback – December 1, 2000
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Stevenson's cool, transparent discussion presents the sceptical reader with a dilemma: either accept that these are serious cases which deserve careful scrutiny on their own merits, or claim fraud or delusion. The latter begins to appear wildly improbable given the apparent thoroughness and care of Stevenson's research, and this reader felt that he had been relentlessly backed into a corner. A book well worth reading for anyone who is interested in the mind--body relationship, death, or how personality is formed.
Yes, there is a question of contact outside. However, making a fool-proof case for reincarnation is impossible. Even the amazing birth mark cases Stevenson has on file (and these are, indeed, frightening to read) could be ruled out in _some_ way. The real world is not a laboratory: just ask the poor social scientists. You can't study something like this easily. There will never be a 100% fool-proof case of reincrnation. Nevertheless, many of the verifications are truly impressive and give good evidence that there might be something to reincarnation. Considering it is the most common belief in organized, animistic, and folk religions, there may be a reason for that yet.
While I give it 5 stars becuase it is quite good, Stevenson's Where Biology and Reincarnation Intersect is a better, and more convincing read... Not that it is airtight. Still, the amount of evidence there IS makes me absolutely shocked that only few people are interested in it. I am guessing that scientists of all stripes, whether social or physical, tend to categorize faith as faith and science as science. Frankly, I think that this is sometimes a simply arbitrary opposition
Simply put, Stevenson interviews kids between the ages of (usually) 2 and 7 who have stories to tell about who they were, by their own description, in a previous life. He then attempts to identify the previous personality, and to verify or disprove every detail of the child's story. He writes about kids who talk about being a fishmonger with a green jeep in a distant town they have never visited, and don't know anyone who has visited; kids who have birthmarks corresponding to entry and exit bullet-wounds they claim to have received when murdered, and who give the details of their deaths, later verified; and kids who claim to have another family and reveal that other family's secrets. Such cases are the tip of Stevenson's iceberg.
Stevenson makes a few speculative claims in his concluding chapters, and I think he could be more appreciative of the historical criticisms of vitalistic thinkers, from the alchemists to Goethe. He speculates a bit too much about the implications his research has for theories of personality, and in a few places his self-restraint feels strained.Read more ›
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it is okay but the reading is a little bit difficult because of repetitive arguments , info etc. Could be a shorter book without loosing any of its attraction.Published 5 months ago by elisabeth vazquez
So breathtakingly extensive and objective. This skeptic is convinced. I really would recommend this book, along with Life Before Life.Published 5 months ago by Tim Williams
This book was written for general readers, though it has some references that would benefit from a more the. passing understanding of biology. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alex Harman
The author makes you revaluate your thought process on life and on death.Published 11 months ago by ian
Stephen Hawking said that if time travel where possible, then why haven't we been visited by the equivalent of Marty Mcfly, that is, a tourist from the future? Read morePublished 13 months ago by a badly positioned hole near centre of chariot wheel
Great read. Last few chapters were probably not as convincing but over all a solid read for anyone exploring the idea of reincarnationPublished 14 months ago by S. Kakulla
This is a book that gives he impression of sincerity and scientific approach to a controversial subject. Read morePublished 15 months ago by dingo