Jarillo et al.â€™s attempted refutation of Malinowskiâ€™s claims as to Trobriandersâ€™ â€œuniversallyâ€ shared belief in baloma reincarnation fails. Contrary to their claims, Malinowskiâ€™s â€œBalomaâ€ article (1916) documented wide, often contradictory variation in Islandersâ€™ opinions which his revolutionary methodology was explicitly aimed at resolving. Jarillo et al.â€™s multidisciplinary research has not produced an explanatory model sufficient to supersede Malinowskiâ€™s solutionâ€”the formulation of the culture as a functionally integrated totality. Methodologically, they incorporate ethnographic preconceptions arising from Euro-American assumptions about indigenous personhood, agency, exchange, hierarchy, and the afterlife which are incapable of shedding new light on beliefs and practices current in Malinowskiâ€™s time. Their claims as to Malinowskiâ€™s own Western preconceptions do not change the documented fact that reincarnation beliefs predate his arrival. Finally, Jarillo et al.â€™s Trobriand collaborators and survey participants have been selected through non-random procedures at variance with the standards of quantitative social science.