Consciousness 2019

Life Before Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives

Thu Mar 14, 2019
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Researchers at the University of Virginia, beginning with Ian Stevenson, have investigated children’s reports of memories of previous lives for the past fifty years, studying more than 2,500 cases from around the world. Dr. Jim Tucker took over the project when Dr. Stevenson retired in 2002. JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, stated in a review of one of Dr. Stevenson’s scientific books that, “in regard to reincarnation he has painstakingly and unemotionally collected a detailed series of cases…in which the evidence is difficult to explain on any other grounds.”

This program will explore the various features of this worldwide phenomenon, with Dr. Tucker describing numerous cases along the way. Common features in the cases include a child talking about a past life at a very early age; behaviors that appear connected to that life, such as phobias related to the mode of death and sometimes birthmarks or birth defects that correspond to wounds the previous person suffered.  

The presentation will include a review of the research and the details of recent American cases.  

This program is generously underwritten by Dierdre & Ronnie Baker.

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Dr. Jim B. Tucker

Dr. Jim B. Tucker

Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences

University of Virginia