Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect by Ian Stevenson

By Ian Stevenson

Little ones who declare to recollect a prior lifestyles were present in many components of the area, really within the Buddhist and Hindu nations of South Asia, one of the Shiite peoples of Lebanon and Turkey, the tribes of West Africa, and the yankee northwest. Stevenson has accumulated over 2,600 mentioned situations of past-life stories of which sixty five specified studies were released. particular info from the children's stories has been gathered and coupled with the knowledge in their claimed former id, relatives, place of abode, and demeanour of demise. Birthmarks or different physiological manifestations were came across to narrate to studies of the remembered earlier existence, fairly violent loss of life. Writing as a expert in psychiatry and as a world-renowned medical investigator of pronounced paranormal occasions, Stevenson asks us to droop our Western developments to disbelieve in reincarnation and look at the truth of the burgeoning checklist of situations now to be had.

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The most widespread evidence of the effect of one person's mental images on the body of another living person occurs in cases of what are generally called maternal impressions. This is the phrase used to designate the supposed causal connection between some event that shocks or frightens a pregnant woman and a defect in her later-born baby. A typical case—a published one—is that of a pregnant woman who happened to see on the street a man with partly amputated feet. She became distressed and began to fear that her baby would be born with similar defects.

Daw Aye Myint was another subject of Burma, who said that she remembered the previous life of a man who had been struck over the head with a heavy sword or chopping knife. Hers was thus a case of the sex-change type. Her birthmark was a linear area of hairlessness, in part puckered, that extended for 15 cen- Unverified Birthmarks Corresponding to Wounds 33 timeters across the top of her head (*). It was oozing at birth and continued to do so for some weeks afterward. I will now summarize one of the richest cases—as regards details—in this group.

It is equally true of the lesions of stigmatists and of blisters induced by hypnotic suggestion. Concerning the last-named phenomenon, some years ago a leading expert on hypnosis carefully reviewed the literature on such experiments and came near to concluding that the phenomenon must be genuine. He pulled himself back, however, because, he wrote, the occurrence of such blisters makes no sense in relation to the known distribution of the nerves and blood vessels of the skin. He is not the first scientist to deny facts discordant with his assumptions, but he does deserve credit for his candor.

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