Please welcome Walter Semkiw as our next guest speaker. He will be starting a thread for discussion soon. Advances in Reincarnation Research and a Tribute to Ian Stevenson, MD Walter Semkiw, MD Presentation for the Society for Scientific Research, June 9-11, For a period of 40 years, the late Ian Stevenson, MD traveled around the world studying children who had spontaneous past life memories that could be historically and objectively validated. In the last 10 years, reincarnation research has proceeded at an accelerated rate, largely due to the Internet, which has allowed historical research to be conducted more easily, as well as facilitating communication regarding new cases around the world. Walter will summarize the most important new cases, including the James Leininger case, which has been featured on ABC Primetime, the History Channel and the Oprah Winfrey Network. This case supports several observations made by Ian Stevenson regarding reincarnation cases, including similarity in facial features and innate knowledge conveyed from one lifetime to another, as well as apparent perception from in-between incarnations. Other important new cases involve police Capt. Robert Snow, Fire Chief Jeff Keene, policewoman Barbro Karlen, neurosurgeon Norm Shealy, MD and those of Penney Peirce, whose string of three researched past lifetimes suggest that a soul can animate more than one physical body at a time, a phenomenon which I have termed “split incarnation.” Dr. Stevenson noted this same phenomenon, which he called reincarnation cases with “anomalous dates,” as one lifetime would overlap another. Synopses of all these cases can be accessed at the IISIS web site. Other principles of reincarnation drawn from cases include xenoglossy and the preservation of past life personalities intact within the soul, renewal of relationships through reincarnation, planning of lifetimes and spirit being involvement in reincarnation cases. Ian Stevenson even reported a case that involved suicide in the prior incarnation, which will be presented. These case categories can be reviewed at IISIS Case Studies. Walter will also discuss the great societal transformation that objective evidence of reincarnation can bring, as reincarnation research reveals that a person can change religion, race, nationality and ethnic affiliation from one lifetime to another. A case involving the reincarnation of Holocaust victim Anne Frank dramatically demonstrates these observations.