|A Critique of Ian Stevenson’s Rebirth Research|
|Source: Martin & Augustine - The Myth of an Afterlife, Part 4, Chapter 26|
|Paper - Abstract|
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This abbreviated critique notes several weaknesses in Ian Stevenson’s reincarnation2 research based on an examination of the cases at the University of Virginia’s then Division of Parapsychology. The analysis raises issues about the use of leading questions, the inadequate depth of the investigations, the substantial allowance left for memory distortions and embellishment in the case reports, and the likelihood of contamination by normal sources in the vast majority of cases due to communication between the families of the deceased and the families of the “reborn” long before any investigation ensued. In addition, the weaknesses of the cases are somewhat obscured by Stevenson discussing them in a general way in a separate part of the report or book rather than in the actual presentation of the case itself. The critique concludes that both the behavioral and informational features of the “rebirth data” are weak.
Footnote 1: Taken from Link.
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