Science: Reincarnation Furor in Iowa

State university professor espouses psychic phenomena

In one previous incarnation, David Weltha says, he may have been an 11th century monk. In another, he may have been an Indian boy who died in 1825 at age nine. Weltha also claims that he can occasionally discern auras around people, and he wholeheartedly believes in astrology, E.S.P. and other psychic manifestations. Such beliefs might seem suitable for a guru holding forth in the Himalayas. But should they be taught in a class by a tenured faculty member at a major state university? That is the question that is stirring the campus of Iowa

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