Reincarnation Research
in Scientific Parapsychology
Nancy L. Zingrone, PhD
www.theazire.org
The AZIRE Learning Center in S...
Today’s Class Topics
• Hypnotic Regression Work
• Field Investigations of Reincarnation
Cases
Research in Reincarnation:
• Hypnotic Regression with Adults
• Hypnotic State releases dormant memories
• Individuals unde...
As a therapeutic approach:
• Hypnotic Regression with Adults
• Past life stories are elicited by asking for the past
life ...
Elements that can provide evidence of
reinncarnation:
• Verifiable but obscure details about the previous
personality, the...
Problems with adult experiencers:
• If the detail is verifiable where did they get it?
• Cryptomnesia
• “Jane Evans” (Iver...
Ian Stevenson
1918-2007
One solution: work with children
….
Why experimentation alone is not
enough:
“… paranormal phenomena are nearly always
spontaneous and nearly always … associa...
If evidentiality is the goal:
Cases require thorough investigation
Researchers should seek authenticity first,
then eviden...
• Set up a network of informants
• Obtained funds for field investigations
• Interviewed anyone with knowledge of
the rein...
Dr. Jim Tucker’s case of
recognition
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ir9Xs1Q9T5g
Dr. Erlendur Haraldson
reincarnation case in
Sri Lanka
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge0-WCom0Ls
Typical Cases include:
• Testimony of small child and family members
• Specific details with potential for verification
co...
Stevenson collected 2,500 cases over 40 years of
fieldwork, approximately 1,900 of these considered
“good” evidence for re...
Focus on:
• Statements about the past life
• Statements about the “intermission”
between lives
• More important:
• Recogni...
Kamal Andawar, born 1966, Lebanonese who
remembered:
• Being the father of Naef Eldary
• Being the brother of Arif Eldary
...
Evidence that Andawar had been Faqual Eldary:
• Of 28 specific statements made, 17 verified
• Proper names and places all ...
Compilation of cases:
• Able to compare across cultures
• Able to identify trends and commonalities
• Ground on which pres...
Thanks for your Attention!
email: nancy@theazire.org
www.theazire.org
The AZIRE Learning Center in Second Life
SLURL: http...
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WizIQ Introduction to the Scientific Study of Psychic Phenomena Class 4 Reincarnation Research April 2013

  1. 1. Reincarnation Research in Scientific Parapsychology Nancy L. Zingrone, PhD www.theazire.org The AZIRE Learning Center in Second Life SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madhupak/153/89/60
  2. 2. Today’s Class Topics • Hypnotic Regression Work • Field Investigations of Reincarnation Cases
  3. 3. Research in Reincarnation: • Hypnotic Regression with Adults • Hypnotic State releases dormant memories • Individuals under hypnosis susceptible to suggestion from hypnotist • Information that seems to be a “real” past life memory may be a combination of memory and with details drawn from previous contact with accurate historical information or historical fiction
  4. 4. As a therapeutic approach: • Hypnotic Regression with Adults • Past life stories are elicited by asking for the past life that is most influential on the person’s well- being in this life • Past life descriptions may be very detailed or very general • Working through the past life story has been found to cure phobias, improve mood and self- understanding in this life
  5. 5. Elements that can provide evidence of reinncarnation: • Verifiable but obscure details about the previous personality, their lives, their surroundings • Bridey Murphy (Bernstein, 1956) • Ability to speak previous personality’s language in a responsive way • Gretchan (Stevenson, 1984)
  6. 6. Problems with adult experiencers: • If the detail is verifiable where did they get it? • Cryptomnesia • “Jane Evans” (Iverson, 1976) • Six distinct lives, three with great specific detail But …
  7. 7. Ian Stevenson 1918-2007 One solution: work with children ….
  8. 8. Why experimentation alone is not enough: “… paranormal phenomena are nearly always spontaneous and nearly always … associated with death and with love. And because these occur meagerly in laboratories, we can never dispense with spontaneous cases. Those who have thought they could do so sawed off the branch of the tree on which they were sitting; … they should now pick themselves up and climb the tree again.”
  9. 9. If evidentiality is the goal: Cases require thorough investigation Researchers should seek authenticity first, then evidentiality Danger of analysis of uninvestigated cases for evidentiality
  10. 10. • Set up a network of informants • Obtained funds for field investigations • Interviewed anyone with knowledge of the reincarnation claim • Attempted to “solve” the case
  11. 11. Dr. Jim Tucker’s case of recognition http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ir9Xs1Q9T5g
  12. 12. Dr. Erlendur Haraldson reincarnation case in Sri Lanka http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge0-WCom0Ls
  13. 13. Typical Cases include: • Testimony of small child and family members • Specific details with potential for verification collected • Translators/Collaborators worked with Stevenson • Trip scheduled to verify details • Behavior and attitude as evidence • Physical evidence: birthmarks and birth defects
  14. 14. Stevenson collected 2,500 cases over 40 years of fieldwork, approximately 1,900 of these considered “good” evidence for reincarnation. Countries of Collection: • India • Myanmar • Sri Lanka • Lebanon • Thailand • Alaska • Brazil, etc.
  15. 15. Focus on: • Statements about the past life • Statements about the “intermission” between lives • More important: • Recognition of individuals from previous lives • Behavior: • Attitudes • Phobias • Habits • Needs for the previous family and friends
  16. 16. Kamal Andawar, born 1966, Lebanonese who remembered: • Being the father of Naef Eldary • Being the brother of Arif Eldary • Living in Hammana, wife’s and other family names • Described places, habits, relationships of family members • Said he and his wife died in a car accident in 1965 • Many other specific details about the previous life
  17. 17. Evidence that Andawar had been Faqual Eldary: • Of 28 specific statements made, 17 verified • Proper names and places all correct • Detail family tried to hide, verified by neighbors • Treated his current family with disdain • Unusual concern with cleanliness • Phobic about cars, insisted on seeing his previous son
  18. 18. Compilation of cases: • Able to compare across cultures • Able to identify trends and commonalities • Ground on which present researchers can build by • Investigating new cultures • Following up with past life experiencers as adults • Following up with children who are a bit older
  19. 19. Thanks for your Attention! email: nancy@theazire.org www.theazire.org The AZIRE Learning Center in Second Life SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madhupak/153/89/60

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