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The Boy Who Lived Before


Ever since he was two years old and first started talking, Cameron Macauley has told of his life on the island of Barra. Cameron lives with his mum, Norma, in Glasgow. They have never been to Barra.

He tells of a white house, overlooking the sea and the beach, where he would play with his brothers and sisters. He tells of the airplanes that used to land on the beach. He talks about his dog, a black and white dog.

Barra lies off the western coast of Scotland, 220 miles from Glasgow. It can only be reached by a lengthy sea journey or an hour long flight. It is a, distant, outpost of the British Isles and is home to just over a thousand people.

Cameron is now five, and his story has never wavered. He talks incessantly about his Barra family, his Barra mum and Barra dad. His Barra dad he explains was called Shane Robertson and he died when he was knocked down by a car.

He has become so preoccupied with Barra and is missing his Barra mum so badly that he is now suffering from genuine distress.

Norma considers herself to be open-minded, and would like to find out if there is any rational explanation for Cameron's memories and beliefs that he was previously a member of another family on Barra. Her first port of call is Dr. Chris French, a psychologist who edits The Skeptic magazine which debunks paranormal phenomena.

Not surprisingly, he discounts any talk of reincarnation mooting that a child's over-active imagination can be fed by the multitude of television programmes available and the easy access to the Web. Norma is not convinced, she does not believe that Cameron has ever watched programmes that could have provided this information.

Norma's next step is a visit to Karen Majors, an educational psychologist whose speciality is children and their fantasy lives. She considers that Cameron's accounts are very different to normal childhood imaginary friends.

It has become clear to Norma that there are no easy answers to the questions thrown up by Cameron's memories. Cameron has asked, persistently, to be taken to Barra. Norma has finally decided to make that journey.

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User avatar #1 - funnyjunktitan (04/05/2013) [-]
When my nephew learned to talk, he talked for 1 and a half years, in excruciating detail, about serving in WW2 and watching his friends die.
#46 to #1 - anon (04/06/2013) [-]
Absolute bollocks.
User avatar #18 to #1 - adrilazzaro (04/06/2013) [-]
i dont remember any of it but according to my mom as soon as i learned to talk i would talk about my life in the pyramids and my how my family was slaughtered, supposedly the first time i saw some show on Aztecs i went ape pointing at at the tv screen and exclaiming that was my home, like i said i don't remember **** about this it's just what my parents have told me. I suddenly stopped one day
#2 to #1 - lukasm (04/05/2013) [-]
You are kidding, right?...right?
User avatar #3 to #2 - funnyjunktitan (04/05/2013) [-]
He also somehow knew about the entire worlds politics around the era of WW2, he just one day stopped talking about it and when we asked, he said he had no idea what we were talking about
#5 to #3 - lukasm (04/05/2013) [-]
Well, if that's really true, then it's very interesting..makes one wonder if there is really something like reincarnation. There is so much we don't know yet :)
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User avatar #19 to #11 - dadukesta (04/06/2013) [-]
I believe there might be some merit to Assassin's Creed's idea of genetic memory...
#31 to #19 - anon (04/06/2013) [-]
I also believe that.

Not everything from the dna code has been covered.

#59 to #3 - firstresponder (04/06/2013) [-]
There's no words to describe how fascinating that is. I can't even.
There's no words to describe how fascinating that is. I can't even.
User avatar #68 to #59 - funnyjunktitan (04/06/2013) [-]
It was actually really creepy.
#15 - anon (04/06/2013) [-]
if this kid is lying he is probably like "oh **** how do i stop now, mum's got me on tv and everything"
i feel bad for him if he is lying.
#14 - ojw (04/06/2013) [-]
#53 - rygt (04/06/2013) [-]
GUISE...listen up GUISE...What if....GUISE....What if Our planet is like an mmorpg and it has reached an account gap and now everyone will be respawned again one day...GUISE
#16 - allamericandude ONLINE (04/06/2013) [-]
A story such as Cameron's isn't that difficult to dream up. Just because his mother doesn't believe that the he has ever heard anything about Barra, that doesn't mean that he hasn't. Sometime in his life he probably heard something about Barra Island, either from TV or some other source. The fact that he knows about the airplanes on the beach lends credence to that idea, because whenever anyone talks about Barra Island that's one of the main features they always mention (it's the only airport in the world that uses a beach for a runway). He doesn't need to be an expert on Barra Island, he just needs to know the name, that fact about the airport, and maybe a few ideas about what it looks like--all of which he could have easily learned from TV or a kid's book on Scotland or a friend/relative or something.   
   
The rest of the details are easy--a pretty white house, a dog, playing with brothers/sisters. You could put those things anywhere.   
   
The kid probably has a mental "condition" (using that term loosely) that has caused him to latch on to this fantasy. Or just an over-active imagination. But it certainly isn't anything beyond the realm of reasonable explanation.
A story such as Cameron's isn't that difficult to dream up. Just because his mother doesn't believe that the he has ever heard anything about Barra, that doesn't mean that he hasn't. Sometime in his life he probably heard something about Barra Island, either from TV or some other source. The fact that he knows about the airplanes on the beach lends credence to that idea, because whenever anyone talks about Barra Island that's one of the main features they always mention (it's the only airport in the world that uses a beach for a runway). He doesn't need to be an expert on Barra Island, he just needs to know the name, that fact about the airport, and maybe a few ideas about what it looks like--all of which he could have easily learned from TV or a kid's book on Scotland or a friend/relative or something.

The rest of the details are easy--a pretty white house, a dog, playing with brothers/sisters. You could put those things anywhere.

The kid probably has a mental "condition" (using that term loosely) that has caused him to latch on to this fantasy. Or just an over-active imagination. But it certainly isn't anything beyond the realm of reasonable explanation.
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#25 to #16 - anon (04/06/2013) [-]
If you would have watched the actual video, what you just said was mentioned. Can you believe that? Can you ******* believe it?
#27 to #25 - allamericandude ONLINE (04/06/2013) [-]
I belieeeve!
I belieeeve!
#26 - winglit ONLINE (04/06/2013) [-]
What if we are reincarnated with all our memories and as babies we cry and scream because we cant speak and after 9 months of darkness locked away inside our own minds we are born into the world having lost our minds from the isolation...
#44 to #26 - sytheris ONLINE (04/06/2013) [-]
-cough- Superbabies movie.
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#65 to #26 - gotbannedicusvile (04/06/2013) [-]
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dude really... **** sakes.... why even say that
#42 to #26 - Tvfreek (04/06/2013) [-]
Deep man, deep.
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#70 to #55 - comradewinter (04/06/2013) [-]
Check birthmarks.
User avatar #56 to #55 - Kingsteveooo ONLINE (04/06/2013) [-]
Sounds like he fell down a hole. Most likely hit his head
#54 - Magileo (04/06/2013) [-]
dis gunna be gud
dis gunna be gud
User avatar #9 - happygrowman (04/05/2013) [-]
the boy who lived.......before.

youre a pilot, harry
#36 - anon (04/06/2013) [-]
This shouldn't be extraordinary to people living in the 21st.
Clearly showing early signs of schizofrenia or something.
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User avatar #60 to #51 - TheOriginalNerd (04/06/2013) [-]
but how would he make up that whole story at 2
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#62 to #60 - roadkillamanjaro **User deleted account** has deleted their comment [-]
User avatar #63 to #62 - TheOriginalNerd (04/06/2013) [-]
i think it makes a good story
User avatar #4 - shaddz (04/05/2013) [-]
Great video OP, thanks for sharing
#58 - unholyjebus (04/06/2013) [-]
Children are like sponges. When I was 6, I knew the result to every single fixture in the 1998 Football World Cup. **** me right?!
#48 - electro (04/06/2013) [-]
Read the description then skip to 23:10 to understand the full thing. desc covers the first 20minutes
#34 - mynsfwaccounth (04/06/2013) [-]
34:20-34:30 dat snot bubble
User avatar #10 - GLJR (04/05/2013) [-]
Very interesting video OP.
And topic as well. When I was little I talked about ancient Egypt and ancient China. Two separate past lives I had. I still have dreams about it.
You have to experience it to be a believer in my opinion. A lot of people don't believe in this. More should.
#6 - pidgeyownzu (04/05/2013) [-]
this kid just talked out of his ass for ages
#7 to #6 - pidgeyownzu (04/05/2013) [-]
it's quite interesting though
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User avatar #23 to #22 - killerliquid ONLINE (04/06/2013) [-]
Not bad considering Lilly is half-Scottish.
User avatar #21 - banditmuffin (04/06/2013) [-]
When we were 4 and 5, my brother and I would talk about how we used to be bigger and older and how weird it was that we had to be so small again.

We still remember some of these conversations but neither of us remember the context or why we thought like that.
User avatar #13 - thatsimple (04/06/2013) [-]
the kid looks like a complete douche though
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