A few days ago, “anonymous” commented, “It is off the rails. All this radiation sillyness (sic) is driving scientifically minded people away from the shroud.

I just replied: Google Trends shows that the Shroud of Turin, as a topic* and not just the phrase, has in the last few years received only about 5% to 9% of the inquiries it did around the time of the 2005 Dallas conference. Compared to the time of the 2014 St. Louis conference, such interest is only at about half the much lower level then. This is despite museum exhibitions and the significant growth of YouTube videos and papers published on Academia.edu on the subject.

I don’t agree with you, however. While I think radiation hypothesizing (if you can call it that) has a UFO-ism quality to it, it is mostly confined to its own echo chamber. There has been little news coverage, but that may only be temporary. Maybe there will be a public viewing in 2025, as some say is rumored.

I’m thinking the world has just lost interest in the Shroud for now. Too bad.

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