Reincarnation, what is is? Includes a story from People magazine

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A weird idea of much interest is that of reincarnation. What is

reincarnation? Some say it's the fact that a person's soul lives without a

body and throughout the years possesses different bodies. Is this true or is

reincarnation the result of a mentally unstable person's vivid imagination or

even the result of cryptomnesia, when a person takes something they have

heard or seen, forgets about ever hearing or seeing it and then remembers the

event(s) as happening in another life. These three hypothesizes each seem

plausible in there own right. With the help of the SEARCH method it will be

shown which hypothesis fits best.

Hypothesis 1: When a person dies the soul undergoes a process called

reincarnation, in which the soul lives another life in the future.

The evidence I have to back up this particular claim is that of a story I

read in People magazine awhile back.

In this story a woman, who goes by

the name of Jenny Cockell, claims to have experienced reincarnation. She

claims she was once a woman, who went by the name of Marry Sutton, who

died 21 years before Jenny's own birth. Jenny believes this because of

dreams she has had since the age of three. These dreams were unlike

ordinary dreams in how vivid and real they seemed. In the dreams Jenny saw

herself in another time and place. She saw herself as a young mother living

in a small cottage somewhere in Ireland. In one dream particularly Jenny saw

herself with a terrible fever on her own deathbed, terrified of what was to

become of her children. One day Jenny decided to find out what had become

of these children. So Jenny went to Ireland and while looking at a map of

Ireland she sensed that Mary...