Jim B Tucker University of Virginia School of Medicine
The guy in the post I made above this one: ERLENDUR HARALDSSON Department of Psychology, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
These aren't credentialed enough for you? Oh, but you have a friend who wrote a book....
big woop. These men are PAID SCIENTISTS at Universities. You think if they were frauds they'd keep their jobs?
Psychology IS A SCIENCE, though in its infancy - and you have (so far), offered NO CREDENTIALS except that you have a friend who is a skeptic. Big
What you are doing is arguing from authority. Sorry but this is a well known fallacy. Trying to argue from credentials alone is rather ignorant. I am
well known in the skeptical community, yet I don't brag about my credentials. There is no need to raise the issue of credentials to try and win an
argument. I'm sorry there is no argument. Science is clear - supposed "paranormal" phenomena have nothing to do with science. Perhaps you should look
into anomalistic psychology?
But let's look at what you forgot to mention.
Firstly Erlendur Haraldsson is retired, and secondly his papers supporting reincarnation were rejected and not published in science journals or
supported by the university he attended. Instead they were published in non-scientific parapsychology or pseudoscience journals. He received a lot of
flack for publishing such nonsense.
His book Departed among the Living. An investigative study of afterlife encounters was published by White Crow Books a spiritualist company owned by
Michael E. Tymn (Google search Tymn and you would see he believes rolled up cheesecloth is "scientific" evidence for the afterlife.) In short not
The paper you pasted in from Haraldsson is not a peer-reviewed scientific paper. It is a pseudoscience paper published in a pseudoscience fringe
parapsychology journal which has been heavily criticised by the scientific community.
Check out the Wikipedia page for Journal of Scientific Exploration. It is a fringe pseudoscience journal and they have even published papers claiming
evidence for astrology, bigfoot and UFOs. Again... science does not take this seriously!
and you have (so far), offered NO CREDENTIALS except that you have a friend who is a skeptic
Offering credentials is a fallacy and appeal to authority, science does not work that way. But just in case you missed, I already mentioned two
psychologists one was Robert A. Baker a professor of psychology and his work on hidden memories and false memory syndrome has been published in
important and mainstream well-respected science journals.
The view from the scientific community is that reincarnation does not exist. The burden of proof is on the paranormal believers to proof their
miraculous claims but every time they fail. As I said nature does not deal with magic or mysticism. If you want to believe spirits are coming down or
that souls reincarnate into peoples brains then that is up to you but such a belief has nothing to do with science.
As for Jim B. Tucker again none of his papers supporting reincarnation have not been published in any science journals. The scientific community have
rejected his views. He publishes his stuff in fringe journals like International Journal of Parapsychology.
It would be easier if you just accepted your paranormal beliefs were metaphysical and beyond the realm of everyday empirical science unfortunately
most paranormal believers never do, instead they claim their beliefs are scientific. I have no problem with belief, but claiming paranormal beliefs
have scientific evidence is dishonest and misleading to the public. Me and my fellow skeptics have spent time campaigning against this.
It's not worth me continuing this conversation so you could just agree to disagree.
edit on 3-9-2013 by JonDonnis because: Out of here, can't be bothered with this forum anymore. Back to the pub!
3-9-2013 by JonDonnis because: spelling mistakes due to drunkunnnness