Title, author, copyright date, and genre?
The Soul Genome: Science and Reincarnation ~ by Paul Von Ward, 2008, speculative science
Summarize the book
Paul Von Ward attempts to show that reincarnation can and should be studied scientifically and not as an offshoot of New Age spirituality or religion. Right off the bat I have a problem trying to categorize this book. Amazon.com offers these category strings:
1. Religion and Spirituality > New Age > ReincarnationInteresting. How many books have you read that are categorized as both Religion and Science?
2. Science > History and Philosophy
Share some quotes from the book
"This book's hypothesis posits that an infant begins life with its past-life legacy. With it as a foundation, the infant interacts with its new environment and social network to create its own unique contribution to the ongoing process of evolution" (p. 78).What do you think will be your lasting impression of this book?
"[T]he complete set of physical patterns existing at the moment of death would comprise the legacy genotype that reappears the moment of the next conception" (p. 84).
"I believe the evidence suggests that ... the learning from previous lives provides each of us with an innate legacy to build upon. It does not matter who or what we might have been in a previous life. We cannot change that. What really matters is to consciously develop in this one the legacy each of us would like for his or her soul genome ... to energetically transfer into a new-human form" (p. 205).
Von Ward pulled together a number of cases where people living today seem to have many attributes of people who lived in the past. Not only were their interests the same or similar, but even physical features had imprinted on the current incarnation of a soul. The author argues that we have a soul genome by which we inherit traits from our former lives, as well as the chromosomes that transmit physical traits from our biological parents. His argument is interesting, for the most part, but I still haven't figured out why it matters.
Would you recommend it?
Mentioning every example in his experiment every time he delved into another aspect of his theory began to get tedious, especially since I was having a hard time remembering all the details of each case that I'd read in bits and pieces throughout the book. I think The Soul Genome would have been more readable if he had followed all angles of the theory through one case at a time. I enjoyed reading his book Our Solarian Legacy (2001) more, but if you are interested in reincarnation, you should take a look at this one.
How would you rate this book?
Rates 8/10, a very good book.