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Apropos Dr. Ian Stevenson’s celebrated investigations on reincarnation and the afterlife, it should be noted that he died in 2007 with promises of revelations of his own future incarnations. As one experiment to test for personal survival of bodily death, in the 1960s Stevenson set a combination lock using a secret word or phrase and placed it in a filing cabinet in the university department, telling his colleagues he would try to pass the code to them after his death.

Emily Williams Kelly told The New York Times: "Presumably, if someone had a vivid dream about him, in which there seemed to be a word or a phrase that kept being repeated—I don’t quite know how it would work—if it seemed promising enough, we would try to open it using the combination suggested." The Times reported that, since February 2007, the lock remains unopened. A possible (and plausible) explanation would be that he was reborn as a Kangaroo or as a Higher Ape on account of his patchy karmic inheritance, and there is a communication problem that cannot be overcome until his ‘good karma’ takes over.

The real explanation is that the concept of reincarnation is a religious hallucination of whole swathes of ancient people, and the lofty notions of authentic religion– such as transcendence and moral excellence – were muddied by primitive superstitions about retributive justice in fancied heavens and hells.


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