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Book Review: The Big Book of Reincarnation: Examining the Evidence That We Have All Lived Before by Roy Stemman

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The Big Book of Reincarnation: Examining the Evidence That We Have All Lived Before by Roy Stemman provides a brief history of reincarnation, collaborative stories by live witnesses and theories to substantiate the possibility of the dead returning under a new persona. The theory of a reincarnation has theological underpinnings in Hinduism, Jainism, Pythagoreanism and Orphism. The book discusses the theology of reincarnation, witnesses to the event and  authenticating methodologies to arrive at the requisite proof.

According to Stemman, dualism is a belief that the soul separates at death and exists in another dimension. He cites the Druze, an Islamic sect which is over a millennium year old and subscribes to reincarnation as a fundamental teaching.

Certain behaviors relate to a person having lived in a previous life. Examples of these behaviors are unusual dietary cravings, advanced level skills acquired without any real evidence of a training apprenticeship, and a thorough knowledge of an ancient language like Aramaic.

The book explains that people who claim to have lived in a previous life have been able to relate details of roads, places, and clothing worn. A plurality of reincarnated souls have been men. Some people have experienced a death followed by roaming the countryside for a time and settling in a new body. Even memories of the dead have been passed on. The difficulty here is to establish
a connection between the mind and the soul in life, as well as death.

Famous people are quoted as having lived before. For instance, Stemman names Phil Collins as having lived a previous life at the time of the Alamo. Henry Ford was convinced that he died at Gettysburg. Sylvester Stallone reported having lived during the French Revolution.

Stemman attempts to collaborate the stories of incarnated persons with particular information which could have been known only to the dead or their families. He is partially successful at making this association. By the end of the book, the author discusses more objective means of authentication, such as DNA testing, handwriting, birthmarks, and Xenoglossy, which is speaking in unknown or ancient languages.

In the modern age, DNA testing could prove to be pivotal if samples were taken just before death, stored and compared to subsequent claimants to a reincarnation. A match of the DNA here would come much closer to the validity necessary in the scientific arena.

The Big Book of Reincarnation-Examining the Evidence That We Have All Lived Before is a fantastic journey into the unknown with some collaborating evidence developed by the author. Only time, DNA testing, and other authenticating methods could provide the real details necessary to prove some of the claims advanced by the author and the people he has interviewed at length. The presentation makes for good conversation by a wide constituency of readers in the arts and sciences alike.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.
  • Tayo Bowyer

    If you’ve taught collegiate courses, you really ought to know the difference between ‘collaboration’ and ‘corroborating’.

    How on Earth can DNA help corroborate a reincarnation claim? Supposedly, it’s the _soul_ that is re-incarnating, not the body!