You cannot prove the nonexistence of something. You can prove that something exists, however...
Example: I want to know if apples truly exist. Currently, I cannot say that apples exist because I have not experienced any apples so far. I haven't
seen any apples, touched any apples, or seen any evidence for apples. I cannot say that apples exist at this point. However, I cannot say that apples
do NOT exist, either! The moment I find a single apple, the assertion that apples do not exist will be rendered false. Despite not having seen any
apples so far in my experience, I cannot logically conclude that apples do not exist - I can only state that there is no evidence for the hypothesis
of the existence of apples. I can and must also state that there is no evidence for the hypothesis of the nonexistence
of apples. I don't have
any evidence for either the existence or the nonexistence of apples! I don't have any evidence that indicates to me that apples do not exist, nor do I
have any evidence that apples do exist.
You can see that from the perspective of one ignorant to the existence of a phenomena, it would seem most logical to assume it does not exist.
However, one must consider that each person has their own personal accepted limits of reality, which are based on past experience. If you have not
experienced apples or even heard of apples, you would probably not guess that apples do exist. Since you aren't aware of the idea of an apple, you
wouldn't think that apples exist.
In the case of past life regression, there is plenty evidence for past lives and reincarnation: the experiences of the people who have done past life
regression as well as in the east/Asia, where reincarnation is commonly accepted and a complex spiritual science developed around the idea of
There is, however, no evidence for the nonexistence of reincarnation/past lives. Think about it - by nature, a past life is hidden from oneself during
their current life. Part of the essential, basic idea of past lives and reincarnation is that there is a "veil" of forgetting which falls into place
as one is incarnated into their current life. So if reincarnation is real, we would expect that very few people have knowledge of it, but that there
might be methods of breaking down the veil of forgetfulness. The whole past life regression via hypnosis thing is entirely internally consistent (that
is, if we take everything within the reincarnation ideology as true, it does not contradict itself). External inconsistencies (like fact checking
against outside sources) are effectively impossible to bring up with a concept like reincarnation, as by nature it is a subjective experience.
If you are Chrisitian, then this last bit is especially for you: According to the Bible, God has given every living creature an eternal soul. Eternal
means forever, and not just from your birthday onward! Eternal means forever backwards in time as well as forwards! An eternal soul means we have all
been around forever, and will all be around forever. So where was your soul all the time before this life? My personal take on reincarnation and
Christianity is that the soul, being eternal, would most likely not just be sitting around for half of eternity, then spend a few years (a blink of an
eye relative to cosmic time scales) alive, then immediately fall back into eternal pain or eternal pleasure... That is not very rational, even within
the ideology of Christianity, or any religion. It makes more sense, to me at least, that eternal souls would incarnate into differing
lives/bodies/egos in cycles of life throughout eternity. Not an infinitesimal flash of life sandwiched between endless monotony of heaven/hell and
whatever supposedly came before life on earth for the Christian.
Reincarnation is a really interesting idea, and while false memories certainly exist, it seems reincarnation and past life regression/memories are too
prevalent, common, and consistent of phenomena to be complete BS.
The only way you can know for sure would be to have a regression hypnosis session yourself. You can't prove that past lives do NOT exist. You can try
to prove they do exist by doing past life regression sessions all the time, but even if you never actually access past life memories yourself,
reincarnation is inherently non-disprovable.
edit on 21-10-2010 by tetsuo because: (no reason given)