Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives
Jim B. Tucker
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A first-person account of Jim B. Tucker's experiences with a number of extraordinary children with memories of past lives, New York Times bestseller Return to Life expands on the international work started by his University of Virginia colleague Ian Stevenson. Tucker's work, lauded by the likes of parapsychologist Carol Bowman and Deepak Chopra, and described by some as quantum physics, focuses mostly on American cases, presenting each family's story and describing his scientific investigation. His goal is to determine what happened - what the child has said, how the parents have reacted, whether the child's statements match the life of a particular deceased person, and whether the child could have learned such information through normal means. Tucker has found case studies that provide persuasive evidence that some children do, in fact, possess memories of previous lives.
Among others, readers will meet a boy who describes a previous life on a small island. When Tucker takes him to that island, he finds that some details eerily match the boy's statements and some do not. Another boy points to a photograph from the 1930s and says he used to be one of the men in it. Once the laborious efforts to identify that man are successful, many of the child's numerous memories are found to match the details of his life. Soon after his second birthday, a third boy begins expressing memories of being a World War II pilot who is eventually identified.
Thought-provoking and captivating, Return to Life urges its readers, skeptics and supporters alike, to think about life, death, and reincarnation and to reflect about their own consciousness and spirituality.
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produce an interference wave pattern. If you lower the barrier, the sensors measure the photons, which then go through one slit or the other as discreet particles. Wheeler suggested that you could wait and lower the barrier just after the photons went through the slits. The sensors would observe the particles as they continued to travel, producing definite paths coming from one slit or the other. In this way, the decision of whether to lower the barrier would determine if the photons were acting
interaction had to go in a particular way to produce that outcome. With the original interaction being definite, the spin of the second particle becomes definite as well, since it was also established in that interaction. The observation thus produces not only the present of the particles (their spins), but their past as well. Making the past definite, by looking at the spin of one of the particles, creates the illusion that measuring one particle suddenly affects the other one a great distance
to be one that would eventually produce observers. As Wheeler said, “Unless the blind dice of mutation and natural selection lead to life and consciousness and observership at some point down the road, the universe could not have come into being in the first place, according to the views under exploration here.” There might have been nothing rather than something perhaps, but since “something” has to be observed before it can exist, a universe has to have observers. There are no lifeless, empty
tunnel experience was not reported in any of the non-Western NDEs, though times in darkness were often described. An out-of-body experience was present in the NDEs of most cultures, and the life review was present in several. Satwant Pasricha likewise found both similarities and differences between accounts of NDEs in India and ones in the U.S. Both Indian and American subjects reported meeting dead relatives and acquaintances, seeing religious figures or beings of light, being revived through