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Scientific Conference on the Shroud of Turin

August 6, 2014

We’ve covered much of this in:

Bari Conference: A scientific event unprecedented in Puglia

Checking in on the Bari Workshop, September 4-5, 2014

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imageThe following is a Google-based translation from Controcampus, an Italian publication in the field of education:

Polytechnic of Bari – Thirty scientific work to unravel the mystery of the Holy Shroud. IEEE international event . In Bari, on 4 and 5 September, scientists from around the world

Research on the Shroud of Turin

For the first time, a scientific organization of international first class as the IEEE – Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (present in 150 countries around the world, headquartered in New York), which includes in itself the best academics and Researchers around the world in the field of electrical engineering and electronics, has included themes of its conferences the study and research on a subject so well known and debated as the Shroud of Turin.

Workshopal  Poliba research on the Shroud of Turin

On 4 and 5 September, in Bari, at the Conference Centre of the Students of the University "Aldo Moro" of Bari (former Post Office building), in two rooms set up properly, there will be a special workshop with the participation of specialists from around the world to present new studies and research. The event, titled "Advances in the Turin Shroud Investigation 2014" (developments in the investigation of the Shroud) and briefly indicated by the acronym ATSI 2014 should be talked much about it, according to the expectations of researchers and scholars from all over the world.

The merit of the initiative of prof. Dario Petri, President of the Italian Section of the IEEE, which was followed by the accession of prof. Francis Lattarulo, Shroud, as well as afferent at the Polytechnic of Bari, general coordinator together with prof. Bruno Barberis, University of Turin, Director of the International Centre Sindonology of Turin. Unpublished will also be involved in this workshop of the IEEE for contributions treated with equal severity of the preliminary assessment, resulting from the humanities.

Meanwhile, to date, are received from all over the world 30 scientific works of researchers from different countries such as Spain, France, Hungary, Belarus, Algeria, Israel, India, USA and, of course, Italy. Narrow interest of the IEEE (the relevant papers accepted will be recorded electronically archive the technical-scientific and published in the Proceedings of the IEEE Workshop) those on: mechanisms of image formation and processing of the same, chemical and physical degradation of tissues exposed to Special aggressive, telluric phenomena of interest, electrostatic and electromagnetic experiments. To these must be added those of forensic medicine, archeology, palynology, history, philosophy / theology, iconography (such works can not be properly recorded in the archive of the IEEE technical-scientific but they will be published in the proceedings of the workshop).

Details curious and interesting: even if the workshop is included among the topics (topics) to be treated is also relevant to dating (eg. Radiocarbon one), nothing has come to now work in this direction. Perhaps this is due to the need to revise the experimental procedure, which would require the extraction of new samples granting of ecclesiastical authorities.

To the question rhetorical "because in Bari?", With reference to the workshop, Professor. Francis Lattarulo so responds, "the pioneering initiative of organizing an IEEE workshop on the subject of scientific studies on the Shroud of Turin was Dario Petri as a representative of the IEEE Italy Section. He, after having duly consulted, invited me to take on the role of General Chair of the workshop and to place it accordingly in Bari for logistical reasons, as this is my city of birth and life. He referred to me because I was and am the only Italian who responded to the dual condition of being engaged in the Shroud and to be presented with the highest possible qualification (in my case, academic) in the field of scientific and technical interest of their own ‘ IEEE, namely in the field of electrical engineering and electronics. There are none others in Italy, that I know of. "

The international event that advances the science of the Shroud Exposition in 2015, from 19 April to 24 June, is organized in close collaboration between the two highest academic forums constituted by the Polytechnic of Bari and University of Bari "Aldo Moro". "We are very pleased that the Politecnico its one of the organizers of this conference – said the Rector, Eugenio Di Sciascio. It ‘important – more – that science and faith can speak to each other without prejudice. The organization of the event, under the auspices of the IEEE, the oldest and most prestigious companies of Electrical and Electronic Engineers of the world, hope is the rigor with which the themes of the conference will be dealt with. " "This finding of which the first information about 1353 – added the Rector of the University of Bari, Antonio Uricchio – has never ceased to be studied and worshiped. Its history is dotted with many questions and few answers. With the certainty that the best tool for growth and meeting between thoughts is the debate, the University of Bari and Politecnico di Bari, they wanted to offer this means of comparison and information. The man reveals himself to himself – he concludes – free from the need of thought and habit, open to critical reflection and self-criticism and the intrinsic intelligibility of the world in which he lives. "

As you recall the Shroud of Turin is the most important object of worship of Christianity. The picture that emerges from the linen shroud according to the ancient tradition of the Christian faith is Jesus of Nazareth.

So far, some elements seem to be clear: the scientific results have let say with certainty that the image was produced through a natural process that involved the body of a human being. Well documented, as belonging to the rare blood group AB, are the traces of blood on the cloth.

A fact remains unsolved: although the Church has never claimed its authenticity, rather than reserving the attribute of the object of worship of relics, nobody has ever been able to play or to explain an alleged infringement of the Shroud.

  1. August 6, 2014 at 7:58 am

    I’m doing my best to get the IEEE to withdraw its support for this conference. I filed an ethics complaint against Bruno Barberis and others with the Ethics and Members Conduct Committee of the IEEE. This complaint is basically the same as the complaint I filed against Cardinal Dolan for suppressing my slideshow/lecture with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. If the IEEE sanctions Barberis, it will in effect be criticizing the Catholic Church for promoting the authenticity of the Holy Shroud.

  2. August 6, 2014 at 9:20 am

    “So far, some elements seem to be clear: the scientific results have let say with certainty that the image was produced through a natural process that involved the body of a human being.”

    The imaged was produced through a natural process with CERTAINTY? I beg to differ. I don’t think so.

    • August 6, 2014 at 10:27 am

      I think you are confusing faith with reason. “Certainty” has to do with reason, not faith. Also, your reference to “natural process” makes no sense to me. All processes are natural. There is no such thing as a “supernatural process.” If you think the Shroud is authentic, you should keep it to yourself. Saying the Shroud is authentic is like saying God caused the Big Bang. There is no evidence God caused the Big Bang.

      • Louis
        August 6, 2014 at 4:05 pm

        Who caused the big bang?

        • August 6, 2014 at 5:38 pm

          There is no evidence God caused the Big Bang. Saying God did it confuses atheists. Atheists don’t understand the difference between metaphysical questions and scientific questions.

        • Dan
          August 6, 2014 at 8:10 pm


        • Mike M
          August 6, 2014 at 6:32 pm

          Gnostics, by a process that has been lost in time.

        • Mike M
          August 6, 2014 at 8:35 pm

          Dan, you can’t say that. The next Ethics and Members Conduct Committee complaint will be against you.

  3. anoxie
    August 6, 2014 at 10:36 am

    So far, some elements let say that the image was produced through a natural process that involved the body of a human being.

    • August 6, 2014 at 11:13 am

      Do you consider an artist painting a picture a “natural process”?

  4. anoxie
    August 6, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    No. I don’t consider either an eathquake as a “natural process”.

    • daveb of wellington nz
      August 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      In my Engineering Geology classes of several decades ago, earthquakes and volcanoes were classified as ‘Accidents’ and ‘Interruptions’, as they interrupted the more usual geomorphic cycle, ref “Geomorphology” by C A Cotton, and apparently originally so termed by a geologist pioneer Davis.

      However we know they are caused by the ‘natural’ movement of the global tectonic plates originating from the convection currents of the earth’s internal magma. So a “natural process”.

      • anoxie
        August 7, 2014 at 1:06 am

        I meant no volcanoes or earthquakes are involved in the image formation process.

      • daveb of wellington nz
        August 7, 2014 at 2:07 am

        I assert that we do not know that earthquakes were not involved in the image formation process. I consider it quite possible that an earthquake, including its after-shock, may have been associated in some way or another with the imaging process.

  5. Henry Ray
    August 6, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    When will theologians & scientists begin to understand that Jesus simply went from matter back into pure energy…. E=MC2? That WOULD for sure leave the kind of image on the shroud.

    • daveb of wellington nz
      August 6, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      If Jesus with mass equal to say 175 pounds, went back into pure energy according to Einstein’s equation E = Mc^2, the resulting nuclear event would not only have devastated Jerusalem, but a fair bit of Palestine as well, possibly extending as far as Anatolia. Such a devastating event has not so far been recorded, though some radical militant elements may be currently working on it.

    • daveb of wellington nz
      August 6, 2014 at 11:49 pm

      When complete fissioned, 1 kg of U235 releases thermal energy corresponding to an explosion of 17,000 tons of TNT. The bomb at Hiroshima was equivalent to 15,000 tons of TNT, that at Nagasaki 21,000 tons of TNT.

      A conversion of 175 pounds is equivalent to about 80 kg, and would correspond to 1.35 million tons of TNT. Reverting to the Einstein equation in MKS units that is 7.14 Exa-Joules or 7.14 x 10^18 Joules = 7.14 quintillion Joules. E = Mc^2 is not the solution to the Resurrection problem!

  6. Antero de Frias Moreira
    August 6, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Professor Francesco Lattarulo had the kindness of sending me the program of the Workshop.
    I think it will be worth attending this event.
    I hope to meet some of you in Bari

    Antero de Frias Moreira
    Centro Português de Sindonologia

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