I went through this forum looking for a post on reincarnation. Since I didn't find one I thought I'd pose this question to my fellow atheists:

What are your thoughts on the Eastern belief in reincarnation? Do any of you believe it could be real? If so, why? If not, why?

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Pure bullshit.

 

We know what happens when we die. Brain function stops and our body decays back to the atoms it came from.

 

To believe in reincarnation you have to believe in an all encompassing perpetual soul. There is no even remote evidence of such a thing. We are the sum of our experiences and genetic wiring. Period.

Its a form of self delusion/hypnosis.

 

Hypnosis is a external permission given to a person who is easily self deluded to embrace fantasy.. its why you never see a person who has past life regression who was a ditch digger. They are all nobility, known historical figures, or some other such fairy tale existence thats pleasing to the subject. And they are always located in a place that is known to them. The fantasy is built from the persons knowledge and experiences coupled with their desires.

 

 

To expand Stephen - just like alien "abductions" - the people who feel that they have been abducted by aliens but have no physical evidence - similar notion I think.

And yes - reincarnation is 110% bullshit. :)

In regards to alien abductions?? I don't know how many of them are religious and how many of them are not - I don't have their psychological profiles.

But to those who believe they have been "abducted" - to them it is very real. Even under hypnosis - they "relive their abductions"

But that's why pseudoscience is powerful if one is not careful to understand real science. It masks itself in scientific terms. Another example: homeopathy.

The common thread isnt religion persay.

More common is that religious and alien abduction, conspiracy theorists, past life regression addicts, cult followers... all share a common malleability to their psyche that allows them the comfort of self delusion.

I would imagine that alot have multiple self delusions. But its not a cause and effect from one to the other more they are feeding the same need for the person.

Utter Nonsense-

That being said -in my next life I want to come back a a brass pole in a high class stripper bar.  

 

I met a singer that was a Ricci (sp?) master and he also read past lives. After he explains his Woo, he tells me since I do art with twisted faces I could've really been Picasso in a past life. Somehow I manage to keep a straight face throughout his nuttery. I then explain to him many holes in his belief. First and foremost- Picasso was still alive for part of my life so unless we can both use the same "life force/soul" we have a problem. He then sees a more geometrical piece of my art and says- well you could have been a famous architect....Face palm.

Not being able to contain himself from trying to convince me of his claim, he proceeds to tell me how he had just met Mozart reincarnated. Because, get this, the guy he did a past life "reading" on wrote music AND played piano- from an early age even. Mozart wrote music, played piano from an early age. He tells me "All those similarities are WAY to close to be a coincedence." Hence he met Mozart and reincarnation is true.

Why is it that everybody was somebody famous in a past life? How many Cleopatras can be running around? Thousands apparently. Why in a past life did you not die unknown, as is the most of humanity? Always famous- not just an avarage citizen of the world- or some unloved, shunned, leper, begger, or someone just struggling to survive. No, if you can't be somebody in this life you can be or were somebody in the next or previous.  

Where do all the new "souls" keep coming from? The population grows- even if you reincarnate a million or a billion "souls" over and over- where do the new ones come from? There are over 6 billion people alive at the moment.

LOL "true" past life regressions????????

We can't have all have "been" somebody famous- All is over 6 Billion people- there are not enough famous people to go around. Even less than ordinary "souls"

 

Non-descript is another word for vague, unclear, muddled. 

I always wanted to be something when I grew up...I should've been more specific. 

 

Non-despt...

Oh in a past life you were that one guy. You know, two eyes, nose, mouth...wore a shirt sometimes...had that girlfriend with the large two...um...eyes. You were from that one city, the one with the street...No the big street, yes Main Street....there was a McDonalds and a Starbucks....you know exactly who I mean.

I hope to return as a ladies field hockey pitch.

Reincarnation, when you come back as a flower.

Reincarnation is one of my favorite religious myths. I personally find this concept to be the most appealing.  But, as an atheist, I don’t believe it… as a spiritual concept. Although, from what I understand about energy, energy is not destroyed, but simply recycled, so It makes since to me that the energy we release when we die is re-distributed, which is the closest thing to reincarnation I can accept.

'Reincarnation' as to mean that matter and energy (ie body head, eletrical energy, body, etc) is recycled is perfectly reasonable but to say that some core of you that makes up 'you' moves to another body and this 'you' somehow retains a pattern that gives this new body simular characteristics as the former is taking it too far. Where as homeotherpy claims that water has a 'memory' apparantly this 'soul', whose existance has never been proven, has a simular 'memory'. It's amazing that you do not relive the lives of bacteria who have existed for more than a billion years before anything with eyes or any intelligence existed. Surely you would see an overwelming percentage of 'past lives' to be from before the last thousand years rather than after it.

I believe in re-incarnation - I am going to go up into the sky and sit on a star - and just shine over everybody.

 

I wasn't - I am - I won't be.

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