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Re: 'Orb' Research Article

From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac.nul>
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 20:08:10 -0400
Archived: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 12:39:51 -0400
Subject: Re: 'Orb' Research Article

>Source: The Daily Mail - London, UK


>20th July 2007

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

>At first, it seemed no more than a curious coincidence.
>Professor Klaus Heinemann, a researcher for NASA, the U.S. space
>agency, was studying a collection of photographs his wife had
>taken at a gathering of spiritual healers when he noticed that
>many of them featured the same pale but clearly defined circle
>of light, like a miniature moon, hovering above some of the

Uh, oh!. The "setup;" a meeting of spiritual healers.
Expect "weird... excrement" to happen!

I bet the camera had a flash!

>Like most rational people, he assumed that the pictures were
>faulty. 'I presumed the circles were due to dust particles,
>flash anomalies, water particles and so on,' says Prof


>'But I was sufficiently intrigued that I returned to the room in
>which the pictures were taken, in the hope of finding an
>explanation - like a mirror in the background. None was

Wonder if he took any flash photos... after stirring up some

>Nor could he find any faults with his wife's camera. And as a
>scientist with considerable experience in sophisticated
>microscope techniques - examining matter down to atomic levels
>of optical resolution - his methods were nothing if not

>Still puzzled, Heinemann set out to discover what else might
>have caused the mysterious circles. He and his wife began taking
>hundreds of digital photographs at random events to see whether
>they could recreate the mysterious effect.

>The answer was that they could make these shimmering 'orbs'
>appear again, but only - absurd as it may sound - if they
>'asked' the apparitions to make themselves visible to the
>camera. And they found this method worked particularly well when
>the couple photographed spiritual gatherings.

Uh, oh. More setup. People tend to stir up dust.

>What on earth was going on? Again, a maverick technical glitch
>seemed the obvious answer. Such anomalies happen frequently in
>digital photography. If you accidentally jog a camera while a
>picture is being taken, especially in dim light, you can easily
>get a double image.

Easily? Only if the jog is fast relative to the shutter time
(notable motion while the shutter is open)

>But again, Prof Heinemann ruled out a technical fault. 'We were
>quickly able to eliminate the common problems associated with
>photography - such as dust particles, water droplets,
>reflections and a host of other likely causes.'

That's funny. After a few experiments I ruled that IN!

>Yet the orbs still kept appearing. And the more images he took,
>the more he was able to study the bizarre properties of these
>shimmering lights.

>Heinemann set up dozens of experiments using two cameras on
>static tripods under controlled conditions. His early
>experiments found that orbs can move very fast, up to 500mph or


>Heinemann also found that during his numerous dual camera
>experiments, when he used twin cameras to capture an object from
>two different angles, a single orb shape would often appear -
 >but only in one of the two images taken simultaneously.

Because the source of the orb was very close to one lens and not
to another. This shoudl have given him a clue.

>It was as if the orbs somehow chose which camera to appear on,
>or whether to appear at all.

"Heisenberg Orbs" can't be pinned down by triangulation (hence

>Eventually, Heinemann was left with only one conclusion: that he
>was witnessing some form of paranormal intelligence.

>'There is no doubt in my mind that the orbs may well be one of
>the most significant "outside of this reality" phenomena mankind
>has ever witnessed,' says Professor Heinemann.

>'Until now, there has been a huge amount of anecdotal evidence
>that the spirit world exists. I believe it's no longer
>anecdotal. Thanks to digital technology, we can see it for the
>first time. We are dealing with a non-physical - albeit real -

>The temptation, of course, is to dismiss such claims as bunkum.
>Indeed, many of Professor Heinemann's colleagues consider his
>research to be 'utter flaky nonsense'.

Of course, as a scientist he wouldn't visit any UFO-related web
sites that might have tackled this "orb" problem.

>And yet a growing number of respectable scientists refuse to
>write off the possibility that these orbs, which are starting to
>appear on cameras around the world, just might offer a
>fascinating glimpse into the unknown.

>Earlier this year, the world's first conference on orbs took
>place in Sedona, Arizona, where several scientists
>controversially stated that they believed orbs were indeed a
>genuine paranormal phenomenon.

If you can see them without the camera, without the flash,
without a source of illumination... i.e., if they are sources of
light, then OK.  But if they only appear in pictures, beware the
"flash orb"

>Their conclusions, if correct, could have huge implications on
>the way we view the universe and our part in it. The experts say
>that just because something has not yet been scientifically
>proven, it doesn't mean that it is not real.

>Professor William Tiller, a theoretical physicist who spent 35
>years researching consciousness and matter at Stanford
>University in California, reminded the conference that what we
>see with our physical eyes comprises less then 10 per cent of
t>he known universe.

>This is because human vision operates only within a limited
>range of the electromagnetic spectrum. For instance, we cannot
>see radio waves, which carry huge amounts of information, yet we
>know they exist.

>Similarly, Miceal Ledwith, a former professor of Theology, who
>for ten years was President of Maynooth College at the National
>University of Ireland, reminded the sceptics that when, in 1861,
>Dr Ignaz Semmelweis had claimed there might be some unseen link
>between surgeons who didn't wash their hands and the high rate
>of infection in childbirth, his mainstream colleagues ridiculed

>Yet he had found the first evidence of what was later to become
>known as bacteria.

>'Most great discoveries throughout history have been initially
>ridiculed,' Ledwith told the orbs conference. 'To my mind, there
>is no doubt that the orb phenomenon is real and deserves to be
>taken seriously. There are not just a few pictures of orbs,
>which could easily be faked, but hundreds of thousands from all
>over the world.'

Gee... I made a bunch myself. And they weren't all round!!

>To date, Ledwith, who was also a member of the International
>Theological Commission at the Vatican, has a collection of more
>than 100,000 orb pictures .

I have one picture that might have 100,000 orbs. I never
counted. They wre reflections from a gram or so of spackle dust
blown into the air just before I took the photo.

>'They come in all sizes, ranging from a few inches to several
>feet across,' he says. 'Sometimes they appear alone, and at
>other times hundreds of them, in colours ranging from white to
>blue, green, rose and even gold.

>'Over time, I realised that a flash seemed to be essential to
>capture them, even in daylight. I believe this is because we can
>see the orbs only through the process in physics known as
>fluorescence. The camera flash sparks this fluorescence process,
>making the orbs visible to the camera.'

Could also be simple reflection. But I guess this paragraph
nails them as "flash orbs."


>'We regularly see orbs near healers' hands or heads. Perhaps
>they assist in the spiritual healing process.'

>Take the case of Anna Donaldson, a freelance photographer who
>was commissioned to take pictures of Keith Watson, a medium who
>had been drafted in to help solve the disappearance of Sarah
>Payne, the little girl who was snatched while playing near her
>grandparents' home in West Sussex seven years ago.

>The shoot took place at the exact spot where Sarah was last
>seen, because the medium had suggested that he 'might pick
>something up'. Sure enough, when the pictures were developed, a
>mysterious glowing dot appeared in one of the crucial images.

>'I didn't believe in any of this paranormal stuff,' says Anna,
>'but I couldn't find any fault with the camera - if there had
>been, then all the images would have been tainted, not just one
>of them.'

>Still sceptical, Anna had the film and images analysed for
>technical faults, but again no one could provide a logical
>answer - until a member of the Psychic Institute suggested that
>the pictures could indeed be evidence of 'auras'. In this case,
>Anna was told that the blueish colour of the orb suggested the >
>presence of a very young soul.

>Still intrigued, Anna arranged to photograph Watson again - at
>the exact spot from where another young child had disappeared,
>this time in Greece. To her astonishment, the photographs again
>showed the presence of a blue orb.

>And when Anna repeated the shoot the next day, in a bid to rule
>out a trick of the light, she got the same result - only this
>time it was two orange orbs.

Often dusty outside.

>'So what I now had was pictures of orbs from three different
>cameras, in two different countries, on three different days -
>there's simply no way that could be a chance occurrence or a
>technical fault,' says Anna.

>'I still don't know what to think about it, but I suppose
>because a camera can pick up an image at a shutter speed of
>1/2,000 of a second, it's possible it can detect things the
>naked eye cannot see.'


>But not everyone is convinced. Gary Schwartz, Professor of
>Psychiatry at Arizona University, has conducted many experiments
>into orbs with the help of optical scientist Katherine Creath
>and remains sceptical.

>'We feel that a large majority of so-called orb pictures are too
>readily attributed to some form of paranormal phenomena when, in
>fact, stray reflections in uncontrolled environments often
>produce orb-like images,' he says.

A rare case of agreement with me.


>As Professor Heinemann summarised: 'Research into orbs is only
>in its infancy. But the photographs of these spirit emanations
>offer evidence - as close to scientific proof as we have ever
>come - in proving the existence of spiritual reality.'

>- Klaus Heinemann's and Miceal Ledwith's book, The Orb Project,
>will be published by Simon & Schuster in November.

I bet their book won't refer to the following web article:


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