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Spirit and Science World Forum

Previous Lives and Near-Death Experiences: What Does Science Have to Say About It?

In yet another major edition, the Legion of Good Will’s Spirit and Science World Forum will bring together 9 renowned representatives of Science and Faith to talk about thought-provoking issues that impact on life, well-being, and spiritual and human development.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event will be online and free once again, taking place on October 19 and 20, at 6:30-9:30 PM (EDT), via YouTube. Since most of the talks will be in Portuguese, simultaneous translation into English and Spanish will be provided. The Forum will explore the topic “Life and Death in Dialogue,” which was proposed by the audience of previous editions. It will present studies on reports of past lives and near-death experiences (NDEs), among others.

One of the foremost researchers on the subject, Dr. Jim Tucker will share his work on reports of children who describe possible memories of previous lives. He is Bonner-Lowry Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia and he has served as medical director of the Child and Family Psychiatry Clinic. Dr. Tucker is continuing the pioneering studies of Ian Stevenson (1918-2007), MD, who documented thousands of cases of children in Asia with accounts of memories of their previous lives, tracing them back to their alleged former reincarnations.

From Brazil, psychologist Sandra Maciel de Carvalho will talk about her findings in the same area of ​​investigation, focusing on the Brazilian public. She points out that, “Some children show phobic behavior or post-traumatic stress disorder that suggests an association with these memories, especially due to the way they had died in their previous life. Some children can’t differentiate much between this alleged past life and their current one. So they talk as if it were a present situation, sometimes with a certain detachment, because it seems natural for them to talk about it. Some bring a strong emotional involvement, depending, especially, on how they had died.”

We will also have the participation of the world-renowned scientist Professor Dr. Raymond Moody, widely recognized as the leading authority on NDEs. He has been researching these cases since the 1970s, compiling important reports from hundreds of people who have gone through such experience. He explains: “Near-death experience is a form of transcendental consciousness or an alternate state of consciousness that comes to people when they are in that state of physiological extremes; their heart may stop beating, they may not be breathing, and yet, from their point of view, they have a very profound episode of transcendent consciousness. That’s what we call a near-death experience.”

Our event will also be graced with the presence of Dr. Helané Wahbeh, Director of Research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and President of the Parapsychological Association. She will be presenting some interesting findings from a recent study launched by IONS, focused on people’s beliefs, about a rarely asked question: “What part of us (if any) survives our physical death?” 

Join us for a discussion of these and other topics regarding “Life and Death in Dialogue” at the LGW’s Spirit and Science World Forum.

All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

The 2021 edition of the LGW’s Spirit and Science World Forum is a non-profit virtual action that is part of the celebrations of the 32nd anniversary of the Temple of Good Will and of the 71st anniversary of the Legion of Good Will.