I thought with was a scientific discussion? The university of Virginia has continued Stevenson’s research after his passing and it is being led by Dr. Jim Tucker. There has not been even limited acceptance of this work, but I think science needs to heed the words of Dr. Robert Almeder of Georgia State University. He said, science cannot ignore the results, even though the process has not yet been uncovered. We don’t need to know why it occurs, but the data shows reincarnation does occur.
The skeptic report you quoted was a book review of a summary of Stevenson’s work, not the rich data collected on over 3,000 cases. The team doing this work has been highly skeptical all the way through. They have followed forensic scientific methods meticulously and have gone through third party review. If you want to look at the data, I suggest at least reading the case study book: Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation.
This is not a theological issue for me. This comes down to the proper medical treatment for humanity. If our mental state is not 100% biological/chemical, then the treatment of our mental state cannot continue to be chemical. We are medicating children instead of listening to them, as Stevenson did for his whole life.
I have summarized the works of many Life After Life sources, including Stevenson’s work, in my post on Quora. The basis for the theory comes from the early Christian Church Father, Origen of Alexandria, and it is called “The Restoration of All Things”. This theory takes into account all Christian values including free will.
Free will is how both reincarnation and ghosts can be true. Ghost research has yet to discover a ghost claiming to be from earlier epochs. In other words, ghosts are not in a permanent state, but rather stuck in this state for various reasons. The work done by Wickland, Fiore and others has been to actually teach the ghosts and encourage them to “move on” and stop interfering in their patient’s lives. So, once they move on, they can enter the reincarnation or restoration process.
Again, the process is not import for science today, that can be left to philosophers. What science needs to recognize is there is yet another non-material cause of mental illness. Ignoring it, is causing human suffering.
I cover this topic in the third part of my trilogy Torn Between Two Worlds: Material and Ethereal and ask scientists to be open to causes outside the material world.