In these tales of renewal, a leading US medical scientist investigates children's experiences of past lives.
The belief that we 'survive' death in some form is central to most religions, but barely is it a topic broached by science. However, in this fascinating collection of stories, eminent scientist Jim B. Tucker M.D. reveals evidence of past life phenomena based on years of interviewing children and their families and independently verifying their statements.
There is the story of Patrick, born twelve years after his brother Kevin tragically died of cancer. Throughout his childhood, Patrick bears the physical marks of his brother's illness, but none of the actual symptoms, and has remarkable recall of his brother's short life. And the story of James from Louisiana, who, from the age of two, is convinced he was once a World War II pilot and is able to accurately relate the details of the crash that killed him.
Challenging, intriguing and ultimately life-affirming, this book provides a compelling argument for the continuation of the spirit or mind after the demise of the body.
About the Author
Jim B. Tucker, M.D. is Bonner-Lowry Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. He is continuing the work of Ian Stevenson at the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies with children who report memories of previous lives. His first book on the research, Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children's Memories of Previous Lives, has been translated into ten languages. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his family.
"In "Return to Life," Jim Tucker painstakingly and meticulously documents the recycling of memories from beyond the barrier of physical death. He then rigorously offers a scientific theory to explain how our consciousness transcends space/time and is, hence, eternal. This book is an important milestone of an emerging scientific paradigm that suggests that consciousness conceives governs constructs and becomes the universe or perhaps multiple universes."--Deepak Chopra"A breezy page-turner...Tucker presents these cases...with professioanlism and palpable respect."--"Spirituality and Health""Jim Tucker is a worthy successor to Dr. Ian Stevenson. He approaches these fascinating cases of children who appear to remember previous lives with an intelligent curiosity, sober judgment, and a real knack for telling a story, which is a good thing, because these are great stories."--Tom Shroder, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and author of "Old Souls: Compelling Evidence from Children Who Remember Past Lives""These incredible cases are not simply solid grounds for accepting some form of reincarnation into our Western worldview. These are heart-rending, poignant reminders that many of us do not quite 'fit' into the cultural and religious worlds into which we are born. Obviously, we are more than these worlds. Way, way more."--Jeffrey J. Kripal, author of A"uthors of the Impossible: The Sacred and the Paranormal""Researchers at the University of Virginia Medical School's Department of Perceptual Studies are studying reports from children around the world who claim to remember their past lives. More than 2,500 such reports have been analyzed by the Project's founder Ian Sevenson and several colleagues, among them Jim Tucker.Their work has immense implications for our understanding of the world and human nature, but has received relatively little attention from mainstream scientists and religious groups. "Return to Life," like Dr. Tucker's previous book, "