The Evidence for Reincarnation


The evidence for rebirth is partly why I converted to Buddhism. There is perhaps more evidence for rebirth than for any other afterlife belief. The work of Ian Stevenson on past life memories is especially remarkable:

The Journal of the American Medical Association referred to Stevenson’s Cases of the Reincarnation Type (1975) a “painstaking and unemotional” collection of cases that were “difficult to explain on any assumption other than reincarnation.”[26] In September 1977, the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease devoted most of one issue to Stevenson’s research.[27] Writing in the journal, the psychiatrist Harold Lief described Stevenson as a methodical investigator and added, “Either he is making a colossal mistake, or he will be known (I have said as much to him) as ‘the Galileo of the 20th century’.”[28] The issue proved popular: the journal’s editor, the psychiatrist Eugene Brody, said he had received 300–400 requests for reprints.[26]