Perspectives of Science’s Big Problem, Reincarnation’s Big Potential, and Buddhists’ Profound Embarrassment

Here is a revised version of the Religions paper from 2017. You can contact the author with any questions or comments. Science’s concept of life is largely based on scientific materialism, which is largely unquestioned. It wields great power beyond science, and as a result, religious ideas have become increasingly sidelined. However, behavioural phenomena that seriously challenge materialism are not hard to come by. Some of these occurrences seem to point to reincarnation. The DNA (or genetics)-based model of heredity, on the other hand, provides a better litmus test for science’s paradigm, as well as for the potential universal implications of reincarnation. If the conception-beget, DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid)-carried model can be proven at the individual level, we will be confirmed as material-only organisms in a significant degree. Can behavioural genetics and personal genomics, in particular, back up their DNA-based assumptions? Huge efforts have been undertaken over the last decade and a half to discover the DNA origins of a variety of health and behavioural traits. These continuous attempts have been a “beyond belief” failure, and it is here that the scientific vision faces its most serious challenge. On the other hand, the common premodern reincarnation paradigm appears to match a variety of specific conundrums and provides broad consistency across this emerging missing heritability issue. The major argument being made here is that there is a different, more wide approach to looking into the reincarnation theory. If the reincarnation phenomenon were widespread and important, it would basically throw the genetics logic into disarray. The missing heritability problem should be considered by anyone trying to make sense of religious beliefs or simply questioning materialism.

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Dr. Ted Christopher
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Rochester, USA.

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