Life Before Life

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Not to be confused with Life Before Life by Helen Wambach (1984) or Life Before Life: Origins of the Soul...Knowing Where You Came From and Who You Really Are (2000) by Richard Eyre.
Life Before Life
Life Before Live (Jim Tucker).jpg
Author Dr. Jim B. Tucker
Publisher New York : St. Martin's Press.
Publication date
ISBN 0-312-32137-6
OCLC 59223926
133.9/01/35 22
LC Class BL515 .T77 2005

Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children's Memories of Previous Lives is a 2005 book written by psychiatrist Jim B. Tucker, which presents an overview of more than 40 years of reincarnation research at the University of Virginia Division of Personality Studies, into children's reports of past-life memories. The book also discusses "birthmarks and birth defects that match those of a deceased person who is identified by the child".[1] The foreword to the book is written by Ian Stevenson.[2]:256

This book claims that consciousness can be considered separately from the brain, which provides a basis for claims of reincarnation.[1] Tucker discusses objections to reincarnation: the paucity of persons who actually claim to remember a past life, the fragility of memories, the population explosion, the mind—body problem, fraud, and others. Tucker states that none of the cases examined are perfect, and that "faulty memory by informants" is seen to be the "best normal explanation for many of the cases" reviewed in the book.[2]:205-9 The version of reincarnation discussed is typically incompatible with common religious beliefs around reincarnation, specifically in relation to karma.[3]

Life Before Life has been reviewed in Philosophical Practice,[4] and PsycCRITIQUES.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Butziger, R. (2006). "A Scientific Look at Reincarnation". PsycCRITIQUES 51 (22): 282. doi:10.1037/a0002420. 
  2. ^ a b Tucker, Jim B. (2005). Life Before Life: A scientific Investigation of Children's Memories of Previous Lives. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0312321376. 
  3. ^ Burley, Mikel (11 October 2012). "Retributive karma and the problem of blaming the victim". International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 74 (2): 149–165. doi:10.1007/s11153-012-9376-z. 
  4. ^ Thomas,, Naomi (2006). "Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children's Memories of Previous Lives". Philosophical Practice 2 (2): 131–3. 

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