posted on Jun, 10 2004 @ 04:00 PM
There are in my opinion quite a few problems with past lives. Memories and the mind are at least in part a product of your brain and it's cells. This
is obvious in patients with certain types of brain damage that can no longer form new memories or lose their short- or longterm memory. A damaged
prefontal lobe damages your longterm memory. Just think about Alzheimer's disease. Patients that have had temporal lobe brain surgery can also suffer
from memory loss.
This makes me believe that memory are linked to the brain and the cells. Without damaged cells the memories no longer exist. After death, all your
cells are totally gone. This makes memories of past lives very hard to believe. Why do the memories stay when your entire body dies, but don't they
stay when a certain part of your brain dies or is damaged?
Then there's also the problem of the impossibility to measure the memories leaving the body. Another problem has to do with how the memories can form
in the infant brain. At young age the memory, especially the longterm, still has to develop. You remember very little from your childhood, because
your memory was not fully functional yet. Past life memories couldn't have existed in a baby's memory.
Those are my reasons to treat past life memories with a lot of skepticism. However, if it were real, I hope I was one of the great polymathematicians
of the 18th or 19th century, like Riemann or Gauss.
[edit on 10-6-2004 by amantine]