Is it possible that we all lived another life? That when we die that we will come back as someone or something else? If you know my writing at all you know what I am about to say. There are those who are taking the question very seriously. Those people who have spent their lives and careers studying this question, scientifically.
The idea is not a new one. The idea of reincarnation is one that has been a major philosophical and religious force in the world for thousands of years. It is also one that has been disproved over and over. Especially disproved was the idea of “the bouncing ball universe” of Hinduism that our expanding universe has laid to rest. Yet, people, ever so often revive this notion. One such person is Dr. Jim Tucker.
NBC News reports
For more than a decade, Dr. Jim Tucker, associate professor of psychiatry and neurobehavioral sciences at the University of Virginia, has studied the cases of children, usually between the ages of 2 and 6 years old, who say they remember a past life. In his book, “Return to Life,” Tucker details some of the more than 2,500 cases he has studied over the years . . .
Dr. Tucker studies the claims of past life memories. He takes serious the claim by some that they have lived a life before. That they can remember things that had happened to them when they were someone else. Tucker then holds these imaginings up as proof of reincarnation.
Ryan—a boy from the Midwest who claims he is the reincarnation of a man who died more than 50 years ago. That man, Marty Martyn, was a former movie extra who later became a powerful Hollywood agent.
Now there is a problem that these accounts would have to overcome? The first and most obvious would be the memories themselves. Where have these memories come from? If you were a different person in a different body, where were the memories? Where were they stored?
Next, most of the memories that are attributed to Ryan’s past life, one that he supposedly picked out of a book, are very specific but generic. I do not mean to becontradictory, but let me show you what I mean.
In the excerpt from Tucker’s book we read
Ryan had talked a lot about a sister and also mentioned another one, and Marty had two sisters. His mother had curly brown hair, as Ryan as said.
Now, the question that immediately comes to mind is, did Ryan name these sisters? Did he name one of those sisters? It also should be noted that Ryan’s actual mother has brown curly hair. You see there is the possibility that Ryan is casting his wishes into this man’s life.
We have to be careful, or we will find ourselves falling for things that neither science can prove nor nature can support. The idea of reincarnation is attractive to the human mind for two reasons; neither is based on logic or empirical evidence.
The first is the idea that we will live for eternity. The idea that we can live this life and when we die we simply are reborn as someone else. This is a romantic if not fantastic idea. The problem is we never hear the other side. “Hey mom, I think I was a influenza virus in the lung of a doe boy in France in my former life. Ain’t that cool?”
The second reason that it appeals to us is that there is no judgment. I know that there is an eventual judgment in Hinduism, but this is not the same thing being promoted here. If we just keep coming back, we do not really answer for the things we have done. The worse we would have to suffer is coming back as an intestinal parasite or some such thing.
I do not want make this out to be a hoax by either party here. I just simply think that as with many of the studies in the area of Psychology there can be little more than conjecture and ghost chasing for evidence. Remember that a boy with an imagination, a naïve mother, and a Doctor, who wants to sell books is a recipe for a false belief systems.