Arouet wrote:Let's start from scratch: is there any evidence that we can point to suggestive that humans retain learned lessons from prior lives?
I'd suggest you ask His Holiness, the Dahlia Lama
Honestly though, how can you prove or disprove such a thing?
Critical Thinkers want to believe that any kind of Deja Vu experience or claims of "Memories" tied to a specific place in which the subject is able to describe and even take you to "proof" is "Coincidence" (one of their favorite intellectual "outs"
) If they can't accept someone with this kind of belief when they pin-point items, events, names, etc. then what can anyone do to help them understand and accept the fact that there is more to it than logic & intellect seems capable of explaining . . . at the moment.
There's an amazing number of very intelligent people now and in the past that had very deep belief in past-lives, even to the point of being able to do as I've just noted; walk a person straight to a yet known niche, carving, or whatever that sustains their story. I've known children who had absolutely no association with mysticism or any religion outside the Mormon church of all things and as young as three and four years of age, they would go into temper-tantrums for people calling them by their given name rather than the name they knew themselves to be in a previous lifetime. What's frightening, is when these same kids can tell you things about that individual and era archaeologist, historians and anthropologist wouldn't know for years, even decades after the fact.
There are at least a dozen studies on Reincarnation (one, I think it's out of Berkley, deals specifically with intellect & reincarnation) that have been following the same individuals for over a decade, in one case (I want to say the University of Oslo) over twenty years. Findings go way outside coincidence and all the other traditional "explanations" offered by the intellectual naysayers. Then again, they simply don't want to believe in anything and no matter what evidence or proof comes to the fore, they never will accept it... will they?