A former teacher from B.C.’s Kelowna has spoken out about her experience as a research subject in a controversial project that claims to reveal the truth about reincarnation.
In an interview with CBC News, Laura Wills described being “blessed” by the knowledge that she could continue to work as a researcher into the “truth about reincarnations” after she died.
“It was a blessing,” Wills said.
“I was so excited to be able to work on the project, and I was very, very happy with how it turned out.”
In the years since Wills first spoke publicly about the project in 2013, it has garnered a lot of attention in the scientific community.
Critics have pointed to inconsistencies in her findings, claiming the study is a fraudulent exercise.
The project’s authors have denied any such claim.
Critics say that if Wills’ work is indeed a fraud, it’s likely to have been conducted by someone with a vested interest in perpetuating the myth.
It is, in fact, possible to prove that her work has no scientific merit.
That’s what scientists like David Bloor have found.
In the latest edition of his book The Secret Life of the Body, Bloor claims that the only possible conclusion from the evidence is that Wills fabricated her findings.
Bloor said he believes that if the project was really a fraud then it would have been impossible to find a reputable researcher who would have approved the project.
The fact that Will’s research was done in secret is proof of that, he said.
However, if Will has proven herself to be a fraudor, then her work should be withdrawn from the literature, he argued.
“Her work should never have been published in any scientific journal at all.
That means that if it is proven that she fabricated her work, she should be immediately banned from any future collaborations with any university in Canada,” Bloor told CBC News.
Bloc Québécois justice critic Françoise Boisclair said that if she believes that Wiles research is a fraud it would be hypocritical of Bloor to suggest that Willing herself should be punished for that.
“You are telling me that I am supposed to feel sorry for her because she has failed to perform her duty to the country and the public, and she has lied to the public?”
Bloq Québésion’s justice critic, Françoise Broussard, disagreed, arguing that Wines work has nothing to do with science.
“If she has falsified her findings in any way, it is not scientific.
If she is dishonest in her methodology, it must be because of her own selfish interests,” she said.
In response to Bloor’s accusations, Wills lawyer, David Laidlaw, said he would argue that the project is not a fraud because it is an attempt to prove the existence of a “scientific truth.”
Laidlaws claims that Walls “believes that she is a god, or at least that she has a godlike power” that she must prove to the world.
The lawyer said that while it is possible to be both god and fraud, Bloques claims that his client has not shown any evidence that she was the only person in Canada who believes that she had been given supernatural powers by the devil.
“She is not saying that she got her powers from the devil, she is saying that God gave her these powers to protect her life and her family,” Laidawas lawyer said.
The investigation into Wills research has been ongoing since 2013, with the project’s author, Mark Wills, claiming that it was not the first time that Wicks work had been questioned.
In 2013, Wids co-authored a study which was retracted and later retracted by Science magazine.
Wills claimed that the results of the paper were based on faulty assumptions and that he had been paid for his research, which he said he never received.
Wiles’ work was later retracted because of the study’s lack of a control group and its conclusions were also disputed by other researchers.
Quebec’s justice and equality minister has launched an investigation into whether Bloc Quebecois has been funding the research of Laura Wiles, a professor at the University of British Columbia, according to CBC News’ Kevin Donovan.
A spokesperson for Bloc Quebecois declined to comment on the investigation.
In her 2014 book The Mystery of Reincarnation, Wislows co-author, Dr. John S. Wilson, said that his work was published after the author received $20,000 from a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
The funding was never officially disclosed.
Wislaws research, however, was only recently published in an online peer-reviewed journal, The Journal of Reincarnational Sciences, and the paper was not accepted for publication.