February 26, 2024

Many children offer evidence of reincarnation when they remember past life experiences.  A few scientists have been treating this seriously and investigated the evidence for decades.

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Wikipedia says: “Jim B. Tucker is a child psychiatrist and Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. His main research interests are children who claim to remember previous lives, and natal and prenatal memories.”  “Tucker worked for several years on this research with Ian Stevenson before taking over upon Stevenson’s retirement in 2002.” The Carlson endowment helps fund a professorship in their division, which “remains one of the few university-associated groups in the world to use scientific methods to study the paranormal.”  John Cleese has been interested in these subjects for years and uses his celebrity status to help them raise money for further research.

Comedian/actor John Cleese is best known for his roles in the British TV series, “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” which premiered in 1969.  He also played Basil Fawlty in the 1970s TV show “Fawlty Towers” and had a starring role in the movie, “A Fish Called Wanda” in 1988.  But starting in 1980, Cleese began to develop a spiritual side, influenced by the Esalen Institute in California.  He has come to have “faith” in life after death and reincarnation, despite disputing much of California’s new age nonsense along with organized religion.

Tucker has written several books on the subject including Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children’s Memories of Previous Lives and Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives.

“Stevenson helped to found the Society for Scientific Exploration in 1982 and was the author of around three hundred papers and fourteen books on reincarnation, including Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation (1966) and European Cases of the Reincarnation Type (2003). His major work was the 2,268-page, two-volume Reincarnation and Biology: A Contribution to the Etiology of Birthmarks and Birth Defects (1997). This reported two hundred cases of birthmarks and birth defects that seemed to correspond in some way to a wound on the deceased person whose life the child recalled. He wrote a shorter version of the same research for the general reader, Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect (1997).”

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