Bizarre and Far Out 2

San Diego - September, 1992 / (023)

Thompson draws upon concepts from the Vedic tradition to consider the research program of Ian Stevenson, the well-known University of Virginia psychiatrist who studied past-life regressions. In particular, Stevenson examined physical features and emotional experiences described by very young children. He claimed that much of his fieldwork appeared difficult to explain exclusively in terms of biological heredity and environment conditioning. In response to Stevenson’s reports, Thompson looks at the perennial adage, “subtle energies produce gross effects through intelligence,”  and proposes that concepts such as these can offer a framework for appreciating an array of preternatural reports considered both in Stevenson’s research, as well as in traditional accounts.