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Researchers at the University of Virginia have investigated children’s reports of memories of previous lives for nearly sixty years, studying more than 2,500 cases from around the world. In many cases, a deceased individual has been identified whose life matches the details given by the child. Common features in the cases include a child talking about a past life at a very early age, behaviors that appear connected to that life such as phobias related to the mode of death, and sometimes even birthmarks or birth defects that correspond to wounds the previous person suffered. Our conversation will highlight Dr. Tucker’s research over the past 20 years, including details of some of his most interesting cases. His work provides persuasive evidence that some children do, in fact, possess memories of previous lives and we will look at how this phenomenon changes our understanding of consciousness and what it means to be human. Dr. Jim Tucker is a child psychiatrist at the University of Virginia, where he is the Bonner-Lowry Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences. He is the Director of UVA’s Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS), and he is continuing the work of Ian Stevenson with children who report memories of previous lives.
Dr. Jim Tucker
Dr. Jim Tucker is the Bonner-Lowry Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. He is Director of the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies, where he is continuing the work of Ian Stevenson with children who report memories of previous lives. He is the author of Before: Children's Memories of Previous Lives, a new 2-in-1 edition of his books Life Before Life and Return to Life, which together have been translated into twenty languages.