Sunday, October 2, 2016

Ian Stevenson - Reincarnation Research

Dr. Ian Stevenson's Reincarnation Research 
By Kevin Williams

Ian Stevenson (1918-2007) was a psychiatrist who worked for the University of Virginia School of Medicine for 50 years. He was Chair of the Department of Psychiatry from 1957 to 1967, the Carlson Professor of Psychiatry from 1967 to 2001, and a Research Professor of Psychiatry from 2002 until his death.

He was also the founder and Director of the University of Virginia's Division of Perceptual Studies investigating parapsychological phenomena such as (1)  reincarnation, (2) near-death experiences, (3) out-of-body experiences, (4) after-death communications, (5) deathbed visions, (6) altered states of consciousness and psi. His researches were made possible by an estate left by an entrepreneur for investigating specially these areas.

He did rigorous research. He found evidence suggesting that memories and physical injuries can be transferred from one lifetime to another. He traveled extensively over a period of 40 years, investigating 3,000 cases of children around the world who recalled having past lives. His meticulous research presented evidence that such children had unusual abilities, illnesses, phobias and philias which could not be explained by the environment or heredity.

Read the full article and refer the bibliography of research papers by Ian Stevenson.

Evidence against Socio-Psychological Hypothesis

Contrary to expectation, B and A cases of India and Sri Lanka all yielded
approximately equal percentages of correct statements and the average overall number
of statements was lower for the A cases. These findings suggest that the sociopsychological
process of "creating" more, and more correct, statements after the families
meet does not take place or at least does not influence the data to a measurable degree.
The very fact that B cases exist indicates that a meeting between families is not a
necessary condition for the occurrence of CORT. Because the data appear not to confirm
the essential predictions derived from the socio-psychological hypothesis, this hypothesis
seems unable to explain CORT.
No evidence was obtained to support the hypothesis that socio-psychological
circumstances promote a false elaboration of apparent memories of previous lives.
Sybo A. Schouten, Ph.D.
Ian Stevenson, M.D.
in Paper: The Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease
Issue: Volume 186(8), August 1998, pp 504-506
Does the Socio-Psychological Hypothesis Explain Cases of the Reincarnation Type?


Ian Stevenson’s Case for the Afterlife: Are We ‘Skeptics’ Really Just Cynics?
By Jesse Bering on November 2, 2013

Friday, July 22, 2016

Alcohol also causes Cancer - Seven types of cancer

In a review  in the journal Addiction, Jennie Connor, from the University of Otago in New Zealand, pointed out that  alcohol is responsible for  cancer of the mouth and throat, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, bowel and breast.

She said alcohol is estimated to be the reason for 5.8 per cent of cancer deaths worldwide. Heavy drinking increases risk, but even people who drink at low levels are at risk.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

9 March - Science Quiz 3

1. Who is the father of automobile?

2. Who is the father of chemotherapy?

3. Who is the father of industrial engineering?

4. Who is the father of geology?

5. Who is the father of periodic table of elements?

6. Who is the father of cybernetics?

7. Who is the father of hydrogen bomb?

8. Who is the father of brain surgery?

9. Who is the father of eugenics

10. Who is the father of physiology?


8 March - Science Quiz 2

1. Which was the first computer language?

2.Who discovered the first Home erectus fossil - the Java Apeman?

3. Which is the first weather satellite?

4. What is the name of the first test-tube baby?

5. Which is the first fully synthetic fibre?


7 March - Science Quiz 1

1. Who used the computer language for the first time for his computer

2. Who built the first Cyclotron machine to accelerate electric particles to high energies?

3. Who developed the technique to produce the first test tube baby?

4. Who observed the atmosphere of venus first?

5. Who built the first nuclear reactor "atomic pile"?

6. Who first gave the concept of atom?

7. Who found the size of earth correctly first?

8. Who built the first electron microscope?

9. Who first detected radio waves?

10. Who was the first to the first scientist/engineer to work out the principles of rocketry?

Friday, February 19, 2016

19 February - Mathematics History, News and Videos

Mathematicians birthdays
1473 : Copernicus
1837 : Korkin
1863 : Thue
1866 : See
1919 : Samarskii


The Development of Mathematics
By Eric Temple Bell

Video uploaded in the last 24 hours

Tony Chan, President The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
October 7th, 2015 - Davis Centre, University of Waterloo

Image processing has traditionally been studied as a form of signal processing, and a subfield of electrical engineering. Recently, with the advent of inexpensive and integrated image capturing devices, leading to massive data and novel applications, the field has seen tremendous growth. Within computational mathematics, image processing has emerged not only as an application domain where computational mathematics provide ideas and solutions, but also in spurring new research directions (a “new Computational Fluid Dynamics”) in geometry (Total Variation regularization and Level Set methods), optimization (primal-dual, Bregman and Augmented Lagrangian methods, L1 convexification), inverse problems (inpainting, compressive sensing), and graph algorithms (high-dimensional data analysis). This talk gives an overview of these developments.


Uwaterloo upload
18 Feb 2016