One article of artifact likely debunked, another article of artifact highly suspect. you've got a point.
Some of the other examples are undisputably legitimate, and as you say there are likely many mysteries like that.
Speculations on what type (delineation of, malleability of) memory function that could be included in and impact tbc calculations is quite interesting and shouldn't be considered inappropriate. It broadens the scope of interpretation and explanatory power. Maybe we could ask Tom his opinions. As mentioned, could memories from previous life have impact? What about psychics, mediums or similar like Tom himself, who has strong direct connections with NPMR database, wouldn't they impact probability calculations? Wouldn't you say that's quite possible, Ted?
I understand it's not interesting to many of you because it's not relevant to growth, and because of the uncertainties.
Premature conclusions is also what I don't want.
I have seen at least a couple of videos where Tom addressed the topic of aliens specifically. The question was general. Unfortunately I don't have a specific link.
Have you ever seen or communicated with an entity that you would interpret as an alien from our PMR or a PMR like ours?
Yes I have experienced beings that could be interpreted as 'space aliens', however, there's no way to verify that specific information.
My impression is that Tom neither discounts or endorses the existence of 'aliens' as we commonly think of them. I believe his answer included the idea that ANY form of consciousness sufficiently different than our own could be considered 'alien'. I believe that from Tom's point of view it isn't really important weather or not our common conception of 'space alien' actually exists or not since they would within MBT theory only exist as virtual avatars within a virtual reality anyway. In MBT consciousness is fundamental and I agree.
As to the idea of memories from past lives effecting your current life, perception, experience. I think the answer would generally be yes, they could have an effect on what YOU experience in your life. This idea goes to the heart of MBT theory. Our primary reason for incarnating here is to learn and increase our QOC/lower entropy. When we reincarnate we bring with us parts of our IUOC that it has chosen to put together based on its previous experience. These parts aren't necessarily 'memories' as we think of them but are more fundamental pieces based on our being level or QOC accrued up to that point. These 'pieces' are chosen based on what your IUOC believes would be most advantageous to its evolution/entropy reduction. The classic idea of past life memories are most likely based on accessing the past databases and even then specific 'memories' require a specific queri.
If you are specific enough with your intent in asking your question, most likely your question about a past life will be answered with information that either your IUOC or the LCS or both feels will be most beneficial to your growth, weather or not it was a literal(what you think of as a) past life of yours or not(in the most fundamental way of thinking(that I know of), every past life of everyone that has ever existed is your past life because essentially we are all part of one thing...Consciousness(the LCS)). The system as a whole learns and experiences and increases(or decreases) its QOC as we do and from every individual effort.
I hope to have helped you with your questions. I understand and share your curiosity about the unknown. It is very difficult to be exact and objective within a reality that is at its core subjective and uncertain. As humans, our natural tendency is to want someone who we perceive as wiser and a 'authority' to just give us the answer, but the only real way to know anything is to make it a part of you at the 'being' level. We do this through experience. A description of the experience pales in comparison to the actual experience itself. If this is unsatisfactory, or you want to go deeper you could pose your specific questions in the fireside chat forum, but realize that as I've said, many of these topics have been covered already.