by Todd Hayen
Reincarnation has never been taken very seriously by the scientific community due to the insistence of our current scientific model that all events in the natural world take place within the confines of the Newtonian paradigm. Quantum physics has changed all of that, as we are just beginning to see the physical world in an entirely different light. Several eminent scientists of today suggest that it is just possible we have been looking at the problem from the wrong perspective. From the world-view of quantum theory, a new model of reincarnation has been developing. Combining these theories with the idea that time and space may simply be a human construct, reincarnation becomes not only plausible, but a naturally occurring phenomenon.
The concept of reincarnation has never fit well within the framework of classical Newtonian physics. From the materialist’s perspective of reducing matter to infinitesimal particles, limitations of the speed of light, and the axiom of local causation, the idea of a “soul” of nonmaterial nature “moving” from one carnate being to another during the death process finds no credibility. The ubiquitous problem of dualism raises it’s head once again and pronounces that such occurrences cannot occur in this universe. Professor J. B. Rhine, considered by some to be the “Father of Modern Parapsychology”, notes in a 1956 journal article,
“the continued advance of biology and psychology during the last half-century has…made the spirit (survival) hypothesis appear increasingly more improbable to the scholarly mind. The mechanistic (or physicalistic) view of man has become the mental habit of the student of science; and with the wide popular influence of science, the effect on educated men is well-nigh universal.”