Posted: Mar 25, 2010 9:53 am
by Autumn Clouds
Don't get me wrong, I don't have a dogmatic belief in it. It just seems to explain much more that materialism as you say or eternalism.

Lack of compelling evidence springs to mind as the most obvious reason people dismiss rebirth/reincarnation as "mumbo jumbo". I don't see how it can be positively ruled out tho so I'm sure it's just a "colloquial" way of dismissing stuff you lack belief in.

There is lack of compelling evidence for I dunno, the existance of electromagnetic monoploes. That dosen't mean we should consider them "mumbo jumbo" and throw the entire quantum theory out of the window. I'm just trying not to be so Descartian in my approach to consider anything to do with the mind (technically soul, which I don't really belive) something only the Church should handle, and anything to do with nature something science should.
Child prodigies are one of the points but for instance let me quote a book I read some time ago:
Dr. Ian Stevenson, Carlson Professor of Psychiatry at the Universite of Virginia, has investigated over 2000 cases of (spontaneous recall of past lives), which are documented and published. There are several other reasearchers who have carried out such investigation on children who spontaneously recall past lives. Many of these researchers belong to religions that do not accept rebirth.
These children speak volubly, accurately and with unanswerving conviction about their previous lives, and histories related have been verified. In most cases these children voice their past life memories between the ages of two and five. They small and free from memories crowded with information of their current lives. They often use phrases such as "when I was big" and often grumble about their small bodies and even speak resentfully of not being of the same sex as before. (...)