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Re: 'Orb' Research Article

From: Edward J O'Connell <ejayo.nul>
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 10:37:13 -0400
Archived: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 08:03:21 -0400
Subject: Re: 'Orb' Research Article


>Source: The Daily Mail - London, UK

>http://tinyurl.com/37ypca

>20th July 2007

>Is This The Proof That Spirits Do Exist?
>By Hazel Courteney


"All Orb Photos are Dust"

http://www.strangehappenings.org/Orb-Photos-Are-Dust.htm

I found this with Google in about two seconds. The fact that the
site in question concerns ghosts and the paranormal, in my mind,
makes the condemnation of the 'orb' photos even stronger. These
people aren't professional skeptics. They are people desperately
trying to document paranormal activity, people who would have
been happy to believe in orb photos, if the hadn't proven to be
easily duplicable with dust, lint, and pollen.

The other suspect aspect of the story quoted here was the
instant jump from 'unexplainable blotches on photos' to the
'spirit world.'  The unknown phenomena is instantly known - as
evidence of the spiritual.

Orbs visibility amidst groups of pyschics and paranormal types
is probably explained by the fact that when groups of, ah,
normative people get together and take pictures, they don't
interpret splotches on their flash photographs as paranormal
phenomena.

When all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

Whenever I read an article that has some simple process whereby
one can personally document some paranormal or unexplained
phenomena, I am instantly attracted, and, upon five minutes
research, inevitably disappointed. I'm reminded of Wilhelm
Reich's experiment XX,

http://home.netcom.com/~rogermw/Reich/experiment_xx.html

and Kirlian photography:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirlian_photography)

All expose the adrenaline rush of the almost-scientific
discovery, a naive glow which is largely denied us in the
modern era. I often envy Archimedes his bathtub, realizing he
could calculate the volume of a complex artifact by immersing
it in water and measuring the displacement. Imagine living in a
world with such low-hanging scientific fruit! Christ, I could
have been a genius back then!

String theory? Uh. No, I'm not going to make a contribution
there.

The contemporary culture's alienation from science lies in the
fact that lay people seldom are able to make any contribution.
Gone are the gentleman amateur scientists of the 19th century.
Nowadays, anyone without a Ph.D struggling to discover
something is labeled a crackpot. Real science is done with
billion dollar DARPA grants by sainted figures in white coats.
(In the life sciences I've seen some evidence of interchanges
between talented amateurs (animal breeders in the pet trade for
example) and 'real' scientists, but I've not heard of anything
similar in other venues.)

We're left to dick around with our splotchy photos, and our
vials of dirty water.

Oh, and some of us also have our personal experiences of UFOs,
and alien abduction. Which are just as studiously ignored by
the academy.

One laments the lost teachable moments of Ufology.


Jay O'Connell
http://jayoconnell.blogspot.com/



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