A question occurred to me reading through other threads and I decided to pose it to everyone. What would happen if tomorrow a major scientific journal published an article that (as far as the scientific community was concerned) confirmed that reincarnation is a scientific fact? For the purposes of this question, let us assume that the article contains documented evidence sufficient to convince the skeptics that a large number of test subjects possess memories from a prior time which are both verifiable and could not have been known unless the person had the memories of a deceased person – thus to the scientists the least extraordinary explanation is reincarnation is a fact. Further assume that the evidence has been thoroughly peer reviewed and confirmed. The article does not state why reincarnation happens, or how it happens, but merely that it does happen. My question is - would this be a good thing? Are we (society not those of on this forum) ready for such proof? What would the consequences be? Would there be turmoil in society? I assume (but would like comments about) that societies that have an existing philosophical and theological acceptance of reincarnation would weather the news quite well (throwing in a few I told you so’s). But what about societies such as those dominated by traditional secular science or Christianity and Islam? How would people without a philosophical framework that accepts reincarnation react? Would more people commit suicide, thinking they don’t like this life, so why not try again? Would people merely deny the truth and go on believing as they did before? I guess my underlying question is, are we ready for a sudden announcement or is it best to lay the ground work for a slow and gradual acceptance of reincarnation. I have my own thoughts, but will hold them as I am curious as to what others think.