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Old Souls: The Scientific Evidence For Past Lives  
Author Tom Shroder
Cover artist Julie Metz
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Nonfiction
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date 1999
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 256
ISBN ISBN 0-684-85192-X
OCLC Number 42273755
Dewey Decimal 133.9/01/35 21
LC Classification BL515 .S46 1999

Old Souls: The Scientific Evidence For Past Lives is a non-fiction book by journalist Tom Shroder. An editor at the Washington Post, Shroder traveled extensively with psychiatrist Ian Stevenson of the University of Virginia, who researched past life and reincarnation recollection in Lebanon, India and the American South.[1]

Stevenson's informants were children spontaneously remembering recent ordinary lives, as opposed to adults remembering under hypnosis romantic or heroic lives in the distant past. In addition, birthmarks that occur at the sites of injury in the previous life constitute an important part of Stevenson's evidence.[2]

Stevenson's methodology involved listening to stories, comparing and contrasting variants of stories, verification or falsification of empirical claims, and constructing long, detailed narratives that attempt to "capture" the complex experience of his informants, who claim to remember incidents from past lives. In this sense Stevenson's work is similar to that of ethnographers and cultural anthropologists.[2]

While Stevenson wrote extensively on his reincarnation studies, his work earned limited circulation outside academia. Though Shroder's writing style belies his journalistic background the narrative works to keep the reader interested. At the outset, Shroder sees his role not only as observer, but also as skeptic. But as his journey with Stevenson progresses, Shroder finds it increasingly difficult to reject the possibility of past lives.[1]

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References

  1. ^ a b Little Johnny Just Isn't Himself Today
  2. ^ a b Old Souls: The Scientific Evidence for Past Lives

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