Jim B. Tucker, MD, is the Bonner-Lowry Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia, where he is also the director of the Division of Perceptual Studies. He is continuing Ian Stevenson’s work on children who report memories of previous lives and is the author of... [Read more]
More on the Survival of Consciousness after Bodily Death
We will look at the plausibility of the hypothesis that consciousness may survive bodily death and compare it to other hypotheses by focusing on two phenomena. The first is mediumship, when individuals claim to communicate with the dead. We’ll review controlled experiments assessing the abilities of mediums to give accurate details about the dead. The second phenomenon we’ll explore is children’s reports of past-life memories. More than 2,500 cases have now been studied, and we’ll describe the typical features. We’ll also look at other hypotheses that explain both phenomena, including conventional ones such as fraud and information obtained through normal means as well as alternative psi hypotheses such as telepathy and some people’s ability to tap into a global unconscious. We’ll compare these to the survival hypothesis to determine the best explanation for the phenomena.
Arnaud Delorme, PhD, is a principal investigator at the CNRS CERCO laboratory in in Toulouse, France. As well, he is a faculty project scientist at the University of San Diego and a consulting research scientist with IONS. Dr. Delorme was awarded a Brettencourt-Schueller Young Investigator Award and a ten-year anniversary... [Read more]