“Interest in Reincarnation is Growing” According to the New York Times

August 28, 2010

According to today’s Times, 25% of Americans–including Julia Roberts–believe in reincarnation. (And women are more likely to believe than men.) Despite its fascinating subject, the article is rather dull. The most interesting tidbits (in my opinion) involve Dr. Jim Tucker’s work with children who claim to remember past lives.

From the Times . . .

Dr. Tucker studies American children and in one case found a young boy who started to say, around the age of 18 months, that he was his own (deceased) grandfather. “He eventually told details of his grandfather’s life that his parents felt certain he could not have learned through normal means,” Dr. Tucker wrote in Explore, which calls itself a journal of science and healing, “such as the fact that his grandfather’s sister had been murdered and that his grandmother had used a food processor to make milkshakes for his grandfather every day at the end of his life.”


2 Responses to ““Interest in Reincarnation is Growing” According to the New York Times”

  1. Julia Roberts definatly seems like the kind of person that would believe in recarnation…

  2. Ron Krumpos Says:

    Few people, of any age or state of health, want to even consider their own death. All of us, however, realize that death is inevitable. Consider its definitions: death is only the end of this life and the demise of this body. Unless you believe it is The End, death is also the threshold of a new beginning. How many possibilities follow this life? Few people have been so good that they have earned eternal paradise; fewer want to go to a place where they must receive punishments for their sins. Those who do believe in resurrection of their body hope that it will be not be in its final form. Few people really want to continue to be born again and live more human lives; fewer want to be reborn in a non-human form. If you are not quite certain you want to seek divine oneness, consider the alternatives. Lives are different; why not afterlives? Beliefs might become true.

    This short life is just a speck in time; it is important to us because it now seems to be our speck. Look beyond yesterday, today and tomorrow, beyond Earth’s 4.5 billion years: consider eternity.

    (from my e-book at http://www.suprarational.org on comparative mysticism)

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