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I was just wondering, are there any atheists that think reincarnation is a possibility?


  1. Only in Hollywood
    And by some people that have to be convinced by others that it happened
    If it was what happen to the rest of the story
    It all kind of stopped 2008 years ago
    Only disaster destruction death and fear is what follows any religion on the planet
    Why are there so many different religions if there is only one God
    I only go to one bathroom in Walmarts marked
    They don’t have one for almost men not quite a man and a full blooded man bathroom
    But religion has
    So many different to chose from
    Get out the yellow pages
    Proof is in the reading of those yellow pages

  2. Sure thing, if you get the technology to do a brain transplant. Other than that, I don’t see how. Memories, learned reactions, emotions, and responses are all stored in your brain via chemicals. If there were some type of spirit, wouldn’t those be meaningless?

  3. In Buddhism there is no requirement for beliefs in gods and I know Buddhists who are atheists but believe in some form of reincarnation. I have a friend who is an atheist and believes we have a spirit energy that transcends to another plane or dimension of existence, don’t know if that qualifies as a form of reincarnation or not. Myself, for the same reason I’m skeptical of deities I also have not seen good evidence for the survival of death in some form or reincarnation.
    While I personally would be open to good evidence I have to point out that Anne Lloyd’s quote from Sagan below me cuts out a relevant part where he states he personally doesn’t believe those claims likely just that they should be further studied. To selectively quote in this way is I think a form of dishonesty.
    Full quote reads where she has …:
    “I pick these claims not because I think they’re likely to be valid (I don’t), but as examples of contentions that might be true.”
    -From page 303 of Sagan’s “The Demon Haunted World”

  4. Carl Sagan believed there was enough evidence for reincarnation to write that it “might be true.”
    From page 300 of his book “Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark,” Sagan wrote: “At the time of writing there are three claims in the ESP field which, in my opinion, deserve serious study: …. that young children sometimes report the details of a previous life, which upon checking turn out to be accurate and which they could not have known about in any way other than reincarnation. I pick these claims… as examples of contentions that might be true.”

  5. Not atheist myself, but I know quite a few who do, due to research and studies done at various universities.
    Reincarnation isn’t all “Oh, I was Cleopatra/a Viking Princess/Roman senator” thing like so many people tend to think it is. There are lots of people, across cultures who claim to just be normal people in past lives.
    Scientific studies on reincarnation include:
    The Explanatory Value of the Idea of Reincarnation” (1977) Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 164:305-326.
    American Children Who Claim to Remember Previous Lives” (1983) Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 171:742-748.
    “Birthmarks and Birth Defects Corresponding to Wounds on Deceased Persons”, (1993). Journal of Scientific Exploration, 7:403-410.
    Children who claim to remember previous lives: Cases with written records made before the previous personality was identified. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 19(1):91-101, 2005.

  6. Well, it’s not exactly reincarnation, but since I believe that matter is neither created nor destroyed, when I die my matter goes somewhere and becomes part of something else. Since in reincarnation, the reincarnated individual doesn’t retain their memories of their past life, this is somewhat similar. I mean, part of me might become part of a daisy if I am buried and a plant uses me for nutrients, right?
    If I am cremated, my energy is released and available for use too.

  7. If you notice the answer of each person in this chain simply reflects were they are in their own personal belief cycle. Some will die believers, others will die non-believers. Some who were once “die-hard” Christians had an experience in life that turned them atheist and some who started off as atheist had a life experience that turned them to believing in some type of personal God.
    The World is big and full of billions of individual experiences.
    The important thing is that you examine your own personal experience and not look for others (even me! 🙂 to say to you what is your truth.
    Now, whether there is an anthropomorphological God sitting up there on a Throne – or not- it does not negate that right now as you are reading on this computer YOU are alive. You are having a conscious self-aware experience. You are doing the same when you dream (some say they don’t dream). Believe in the experience that is in front of your eyes and what you are Aware of and the answer to your question will Reveal Itself to you.
    No one can tell you what you See.

  8. Carl Sagan believed it was a possibility, and he was extremely skeptical of all things paranormal. Evidence is difficult to obtain because western society rejects it and eastern society blurs it with ancient superstition. Dr. Ian Stephenson’s research is impressive and may represent the groundwork for how scientific studies will go about verifying reincarnation as fact. But much of this depends on the willingness of the parent to listen to past-life memories recalled by young children.


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