Last fall I met with Carol Bowman at the Childspirit Institute Conference. I was fortunate enough to have breakfast with both Carol and Jim B. Tucker - Ian Stevenson's replacement. I also attended Jim's lecture. In the lecture he spoke of what he looks for when researching cases. Certain behaviors. * Emotions toward family of previous live * Phobias related to the mode of death * Like and Dislike * Past Life themes in play * Cross gender behavior. He stated that the majority of children studied describe ordinary lives and that careful study had shown an average of 15 months between death and rebirth. 70% had unnatural means of death - often violent. The children discuss people or events from the end of their prior life and that birthmarks and birth defects were often marks from fatal wounds from before. His tests with 15 subjects were between the ages of 3-6 years old. Eight boys and seven girls and all were in the US. 11 - remembered a life of a stranger - no one that was known to the child now, 3 - were a grandparent 1 - was a great grandparent And only three families of the 15 believed in reincarnation BEFORE the childs memories surfaced. Tucker also stated this research is SO IMPORTANT because it contributes to the evidence of the survival CONSCIOUSNESS. Thought I would share............and I look forward to your thoughts, input and reflections.