Can a Heart Transplant Change Your Identity?

When I was in graduate school for philosophy, I took a class with Derek Parfit who was known for his work on the relationship between personal identity and ethics. One of the thought experiments he asked us to consider (taken from his book Reasons and Persons) involved our brain's being transplanted into two separate bodies--half of... Continue Reading →

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Meant to Be

I love asking couples the story of how they met. Falling in love has always seemed to me something of a miracle. In the space of mere days--or even hours--you can go from not knowing another person exists to wanting to spend the rest of your life with them. If that's not magic, what is? And then there are the... Continue Reading →

How This Crazy Journey Began…

For all those who have asked me how I got from being an atheist with a PhD in analytic philosophy to being someone who takes seriously children's memories of past lives...here's a little of how that crazy journey began. I first started opening up to the possibility of meaning and purpose in the universe six years... Continue Reading →

Comparing Near-Death Experiences Offers Extraordinary Evidence for an Afterlife

First-person accounts of near-death experiences have been all over the bestseller lists in recent years. Think of Eben Alexander's Proof of Heaven, Anita Moorjani's Dying to Be Me, and Todd Burpo's Heaven Is for Real. It's hard to read these narratives without having one's perspective on death--whatever it is--profoundly challenged. And yet individual stories of near-death experiences leave something... Continue Reading →

When your daughter remembers being your mom

Baby Katie learned to speak very early, and as soon as she could string sentences together, she began repeatedly asking her mother, "Remember when I was your mummy?" It was all fun and games--after all, kids say the darnedest things!--until one day her mother, Deb, decided to play along and asked her, "What was your name... Continue Reading →

The Hand on the Mirror

Less than four years after their wedding, Janis Heaphy Durham's husband Max passed away from cancer. Durham was a spiritual person, raised in the Presbyterian church and blessed with a strong faith in God, but even if she suspected that death was not the end, she was entirely unprepared for what happened next. In fact, I doubt... Continue Reading →

Children Who Remember Heaven

A few years ago, philosopher Stephen E. Braude wrote an excellent book analyzing the evidence for life after death. His book, Immortal Remains, stands out from most other works in this field by virtue of its rigorous attention to detail and its careful consideration of alternative hypotheses for the evidence: notably, the super-psi hypothesis, which attributes apparent contact with the deceased... Continue Reading →

Promised by Heaven

At 21, Mary Helen Hensley had a near-death experience in which she not only saw a play-by-play review of her current life, but she suddenly remembered all the lives she'd lived before. As the daughter of a Baptist minister, she didn't even have reincarnation on her radar. But there it was, portrayed in heaven as a reality. There are... Continue Reading →

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