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Is the Reincarnation Hypothesis Advanced by Stevenson for Spontaneous Past-life Experiences Relevant for the Understanding of the Ontology of Past-life Phenomena?
A significant volume of scientific evidence, uncovered by reincarnation research in the last
50 years, supports the reincarnation hypothesis advanced by Ian Stevenson for spontaneous
past-life experiences (PLEs). However, at this time this evidence cannot provide an
unquestionable proof of the existence of past-life phenomena, nor can it assert that
reincarnation is not possible. This paper suggests that the reincarnation hypothesis, being
reasonably parsimonious and relatively exhaustive, may provide a plausible explanation for
spontaneous PLEs. Also, based on the probability of the same ontology of spontaneous and
hypnotic PLEs, it may be argued that this hypothesis might also be relevant for the hypnotic
PLEs, as well as for the understanding of the ontology of past-life phenomena in general.
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Slavoutski, S. (2012). Slavoutski, S. (2012). Is the reincarnation hypothesis advanced by Stevenson for spontaneous past-life experiences relevant for the understanding of the ontology of past-life phenomena? International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 31(1), 83–96.. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 31 (1). https://doi.org/10.24972/ijts.2012.31.1.83