Interview with Paul Von Ward Discussing Reincarnation- Part 1 & 2


Paul Von Ward discusses his latest book The Soul Genome, and how an understanding of reincarnation can help us attain a balanced state of health.


THE SOUL GENOME: Science and Reincarnation
by Paul Von Ward

The Latin-based word “reincarnation” and its antecedents in Greek, Sanskrit, Bantu, and many other languages have focused conversations in all cultures for millennia. But what do they really mean?
Most concepts of reincarnation emphasize its role in a spiritual realm. Some books have led to a view that reincarnation involves only special cases of distinctive physical markings, unexplained memories, or a trauma from a previous life that can be healed in this one. Even secular discussions of reincarnation often use mystical terms, unrelated to everyday life.

The different forms of alleged evidence for reincarnation have never been subjected to a mainstream, scientific examination of the possibility that it may be a natural phenomenon. Wouldn’t it make sense that if the Dalai Lama or other special cases indicate some form of past-life links, it is equally likely that all of us are influenced by the same process? Given the widespread reports of hypothetical cases, could “reincarnation” be a universal aspect of Homo sapiens’ physical and conscious evolution?

A pilot project initiated by Paul Von Ward in early 2005 involves a scientific approach to answering such questions. Reported in his new book, The Soul Genome: Science and Reincarnation, the project evaluates various cases, examines alternative explanations, and considers their implications. The project Reincarnation Experiment completed tests of a theoretical model that suggests human reproduction (and probably that of other species) involves an info-energetic psychoplasm that encompasses the physical genome.

His book and the project’s evolving web site invite public testing of the methodology and help in refinement of the model. While there is still much work to be done, the preliminary evidence highlighted in the book raises some tantalizing issues, including the origin of the knowledge and skills of prodigies in music, mathematics, and other fields.

Paul asks his readers to “Contemplate that what you study in school or college, where you live and work, whom you marry, or not, how you spend your free time, who your friends are, and what you feel about it may reflect the influence of events in centuries past. What difference would it make if you learned that how you interpret global, national, neighborhood, and family affairs may be based on more than what you have learned since birth?”

Thought-provoking evidence evaluated by the project suggests that you may be predisposed by the experiences of one or more humans who lived in the past. It raises the possibility that even if you don’t know who they were, their “soulprints” may be evident in you today.

Without recourse to extra-dimensional or solely personal information, Paul evaluated the empirical evidence for reincarnation in scores of cases. He concluded that thousands of proposed past-life connections can be more logically explained by the psychoplasm or soul-genome concept than by any other theory.

Paul says, “In my research, I found that much more verifiable data supported individual past-life connections than have been reported by other books in the field. Illustrative cases highlighted in the book (and on the project website) include both ordinary folks as well as known historical figures. All these cases are documented and evaluated according to the new integral research model developed during the first stages of the Reincarnation Experiment.”

The Soul Genome brings a totally new perspective to reincarnation. Its subtitle, Science and Reincarnation, suggests why. It subjects what has been thought of as a nebulous concept of spiritual, metaphysical, or transpersonal worldviews, to an examination through the lens of 21st-century science. As an interdisciplinary cosmologist, Paul brings reincarnation down to Earth to ascertain its tangible features and explore its implications for Homo sapiens.

Although this mini-hypothesis must still be labeled speculative, reading about this project’s well-developed case studies may change the way you think about human behavior.

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