Evidence for Reincarnation

bulletMemories of previous lives (Cases Of Reincarnation Type)
bulletUnlearned foreign language (xenoglossy), or knowledge of cultural customs never learned in this life
bulletdéjà-vue (difficult for objective verification)

Reason against Reincarnation

bulletThe body of knowledge and theory which must be radically modified to accept it.
bulletImagination, lies, conspiracy
bulletCultural conditioning
bulletESP
bulletChristian Orthodoxy is against it.

Ian Stevenson’s Research

bulletIan is a psychiatrist @ the University of Virginia researching reincarnation for 40 years.
bulletDocumented more than 2600 instances of young children who have memories of previous lives
bulletBest documented case: Shanti Devi living in Delhi

Suzanne’s Recollection

bulletA Beirut girl who believed that she died undergoing heart surgery in Richmond, Va.
bulletShe pulled the phone off the hook and said, "Hello, Leila?" repeatedly when 16 months old. Leila was the daughter of past life, and Suzanne tried to call her minutes before her heart surgery.
bulletBy 2, Suzanne had mentioned the names of 13 family members.

Sheila’s Story

bulletA girl remembers being a teenager named Sheila who was killed crossing the road.
bulletShe names the town Sheila lived in, plus Sheila's parents and siblings.
bulletShe recognized Sheila's family by name and relationship, without prompting, in front of witnesses.

Veridical NDE (Near Death Experience)

bulletPatient acquires verifiable information that they could not have obtained otherwise.
bulletSeeing events going on at some distant location, e.g. another room in hospital, which is later verified.
bulletMeet a deceased loved one who then communicates verifiable information the patient had not known.
bulletMust be medically near-death to have such experience.
bulletContinuation of mind after physical death is most plausible explanation for such NDE.

Western Believers in Reincarnation

bulletPlato, Dickens, Tolstoy, Kant, Aldous Huxley, Jean Sibelius
bullet"I had to be born again because I had not fulfilled the task." - Carl Jung
bullet"The work shall not be lost, it will ... revised and corrected by the author." - Benjamin Franklin

References

bullet Children Who Remember Previous Lives: A Question of Reincarnation by Professor Ian Stevenson
bullet Old Souls : Compelling Evidence from Children Who Remember Past Lives by Washington Post reporter Thomas Shroder
bullet Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect by Ian Stevenson
bullet Best Evidence by Michael L. Schmicker
bullethttp://www.childpastlives.org/
bullet Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian Weiss, M.D.

丘中仁完稿於2003年9月27日