"But the problem with reincarnation is that it's hard to imagine what the storage medium for past lives would be. Not to mention the input-output device. I hesitate to rule it out completely, but I'd need pretty definite proof."
Both Niven and Pournelle are Heinlein fans; they may well have remembered this one from RAH novels.
For the earliest example of this piece of technovelgy, see cider press, from Double Star, by Robert Heinlein.
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