Thanks to the advent of advance multimedia and internet technology, it is very easy to access information and gain knowledge from sites such as ‘YouTube’. Just by simply typing in the subject keyword and a host of information of; Near Death Experience (NDE), Past Life Therapy, Out of Body Experiences (OBE), Dr. Brian Weiss’s famous researches on Past Lives, Science of Eternity, evidences of Reincarnations etc. Many of these videos cover interviews and documentaries of the works and discoveries of prominent scientists, medical doctors, psychiatrist, philosophers and quantum physicist. There are also large array of books available in these subjects of existence of soul and the documentation of reincarnation.
For the purpose of this essay, I have selected just two videos on the scientific researches of life after death and they are as follows;
- In 1874, one of the greatest scientists that Britain ever produced was Sir William Crooks, president of the Royal Society, the most prestigious scientific body in the world. He came across one of these discoveries - experiments called ‘A Materialization Medium’ which was suppressed. In 1983, Crook’s experiment was repeated. In the summer of 2007, Michael Roll was interviewed by Lou Bondi in Malta. cfpfuk. July 27, 2008. YouTube.
- The Science of Eternity. “The greatest question affecting each and every human being is the question of death and dying. Do we simply cease to exist or do we pass quite naturally into the next world? Astounding personal encounters with supposedly dead relatives coupled with new scientific evidence based on quantum physics – the study of the invisible part of the universe – suggest that we all survive death. Written and presented by Alan Pemberton this 60 minute video features: Ronald Pearson – The scientist’s papers linking surviving after death with subatomic physics have been peer-refereed and published by physicists in Russia and USA. Michael Roll – The author of the pamphlet ‘The Scientific Proof of Survival after Death’. Gwen and Alf Byrne – These parents have been physically reunited with their ‘dead’ son, Russell, in several hundred repeatable experiments. Tom Harrison – He tells the story of his incredible medium ship of his mother, Minnie Harrison, who was one of the greatest materialization mediums ever to make contact with people in the ether universe. David Lcke – Talks about life after death.” cfpfuk. September 03, 2007. YouTube.
Dr. Ian Stevenson, M.D., a psychiatrist from Charlottesville, Virginia, has done the largest number of case histories of children who remember past lives, over 2500 case histories to date, which he researched and documented for over thirty years before he published his book Reincarnation and Biology in two volumes consisting of over two thousand two hundred pages. In his acknowledgement, he mentioned a long list of medical doctors, assistants, associates and others from various countries that assisted in the reporting, research and documentation of over two thousand five hundred cases of reincarnations. It is probably the largest medically documented proof of the possibility of reincarnation available.
Dr. Stevenson in his conclusion said that reincarnation was the best possible explanation for the following reasons: the large number of witnesses and the lack of appropriate motivation and opportunity due to the vetting process thus making the hypothesis of fraud extremely unlikely. The large amount of information possessed by the children is not generally consistent with the hypothesis that the child obtained that information through investigated contact between the families. Demonstration of similar personality characteristics and skills not learned in the current life and the lack of motivation for the length of identification with a past life makes the hypothesis of the child gaining his recollections and behavior through extra-sensory perception improbable. When there is correlation between congenital deformities or birthmarks possessed by the child and the history of the previous individual, the hypothesis of random occurrence is improbable. Flash memory according to Dr. Stevenson is out of the question!
Interview of Robert Almeder, Ph.D., Dept of Philosophy, GSU “Reincarnation Evidence: Stevenson's Research” - meaning by implications, that human beings are more than their bodies. At least their personalities are not reducible to a state about biochemical states or any states biological properties produced by brain states or anything like that. I can't think of any alternative explainable as plausible for the data. It's irrational to disbelieve in, that there is a very strong argument here that you cannot refute. And not to accept the argument is to act irrationally. One of the implications would be that something wrong with psychology as we know it as purely on a physically model. That it will not be able to succeed in explaining these kinds of cases and probably not another number of others. Also this data suggest that there are some incredible mysteries here about human nature that we can't begin to fathom. Stevens research for 30 to 40 years and if reincarnation couldn't occur because we don't know the mechanism how it occur – from a scientist view is that you don't have to know why things end up the way they are. Although mature science all our explanations will be causal. But there all kinds of explanation that are that are not causal but statistical, that there are some things occurring but you don't know why. It’s just like electricity where you need not understand how it works but everyone can benefit from knowing that it exist and works.” twipley Nov 10, 2008. YouTube.