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Do you believe in reincarnation?
Yes 67%  67%  [ 2 ]
No 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Borderline 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Simon says what?? 33%  33%  [ 1 ]
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 1:06 am 
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Reincarnation poses some interesting points. What is it that is reincarnated? Presumably, it is the soul that is reincarnated, but what is the soul? A disembodied consciousness?

Reincarnation could explain why bad things happen to good people and why good things happen to bad people: they are being rewarded or punished for actions in past lives (Karma). You could explain déjà vu experiences by claiming that they are memories of past lives. Dreams could be interpreted as a kind of soul travel and soul memory. However, past life regression and déjà vu experiences are best explained as the recalling of events from this life, not some past life.

It is possible that dreaming may be related to outer body experience to present a déjà vu. In some dreams, you can be an observer, even an observer of your self. Perhaps, the brain mechanism that controls spectator dreams versus first-person dreams is the same mechanism that controls the illusion of leaving your body in the OBE.

The thing about dreaming is that almost all dreams are forgotten. Dream amnesia is the norm. This is not due to anything paranormal or supernatural, but to weak encoding. Think of your brain as a computer hard drive. Files can get corrupted. Memory depends upon encoding the data of the experience. Encoding depends upon connections in parts of the brain, which in turn depend upon connections in experience. An event with a strong emotional component is more likely to be remembered than one with no emotional component because emotional memories are recorded in one part of the brain while visual components are recorded in another.

We’ve all have had at least one time in our lives that feeling of déjà vu has just occurred. That smell, a flashback of being here, just that overall feeling of whatever. You’ve done that before. If you are anything like me, déjà vu feelings can freak you out. I also consider myself as agnostic. Agnosticism is skepticism regarding all things theological. The agnostic holds that human knowledge is limited to the natural world, that the mind is incapable of knowledge of the supernatural. But yet I still seem to wonder?

Common Sense is so rare, it is often mistaken for genius.


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