How would the sceptics explain these?

A grandson of mine, at the age of 5, could ‘pot’ a basket ball into a ring set at adult height. He would also pirouette from time to time, face the ring, and pot the ball accurately. Inheritance? A past-life memory skill? How could such a young boy display the most improbable capability of an adult skill?

I have seen little drummers and pianists on the Internet display high standards of adult performance, normally beyond the muscular and mental co-ordination of age-cohorts. Only past-life memories make sense. To reject that as a possibility (only as a possibility) is to invite suspicions of intellectual incapacity or emotional bias.

This is a further extract from the article by Stacy Horn titled ‘The children who’ve lived before’ in the May 2015 issue of Reader’s Digest.

“Close to three quarters of the cases investigated by the team are ‘solved,’ meaning that a person from the past matching the child’s memories is identified. In addition, nearly 20% of the kids in the UVA cases have naturally occurring marks or impairments that match scars and injuries on the past person. One boy who recalled being shot possessed two birthmarks – a large ragged one over his left eye and a small one on the back of his head – which lined up like a bullet’s entrance and exit wounds.”

I wonder how anyone objective could reject such evidence.

However, it is important not to confuse the investigations into the reports of little children about their past lives with investigations under hypnosis of older children and adults – whether of past lives or of paranormal experiences. False memories (cryptomnesia?), much based on contamination-exposures, have been proven to occur with investigations of the latter.

The former can be verified objectively by actual events and persons involved.
The latter investigations involve subjective perceptions and alleged memories, which can be quite unreliable, especially when the subjects refer to satanic experiences, and also falsely implicate innocent family members. What of the role of the hypnotist in the latter cases?