http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Stevenson While I was reading some pointless articles on Wikipedia, I read about reincarnation. I always felt that due to us still not knowing fully what consciousness is, I thought it might be a valid question. I came across Ian Stevenson's work. I couldn't believe it because he was a psychiatrist, and apparently he published some articles in some peer-reviewed journals. More I read about it I felt that he wanted to find rational explanation for children's memory of their past lives. He also criticised some unscientific things that were related to reincarnation, such as regression therapy. My impression is that after he documented these phenomena he really couldn't come up with another expression? I have few questions. First, will we be able to formulate a decent argument for or against this explanation? If not, what will be the stumbling block? Is anyone familiar with his work? What is your opinion? Does this fall into the realm of scientific thinking, or at least, rational thinking? If not, why? I quote Carl Sagan "At the time of writing there are three claims in the ESP field which, in my opinion, deserve serious study: (1) that by thought alone humans can (barely) affect random number generators in computers; (2) that people under mild sensory deprivation can receive thoughts or images "projected" at them; and (3) that young children sometimes report the details of a previous life, which upon checking turn out to be accurate and which they could not have known about in any way other than reincarnation. I pick these claims not because I think they're likely to be valid (I don't), but as examples of contentions that might be true."