Posting For a Slow News Day

Psychosis set in when the radiocarbon dating results for the Shroud of Turin were announced, or when the due date of the Mayan apocalypse came and went. It is about apophenia and pareidolia: the short essay, Beware of the Man in the Ashtray by Neels Blom appearing in Business Day (BDlive of South Africa). Well, … Continue reading “Posting For a Slow News Day”

You would think someone at LiveScience would know better by now

pareidolia again and again and again In a LiveScience article Man in the Comet: Why We See Faces Everywhere we read: Though the face on the comet, with its shadowy profile, looks almost sinister, it is far from unique: Humans are wired to see faces everywhere. In fact, the phenomenon is so common that it … Continue reading “You would think someone at LiveScience would know better by now”

Les Fredette’s Crucifixion Nail: Why I am Skeptical About It

Les Fredette seeing what he thinks is a crucifixion nail has inspired me to repost something I wrote in November 2010. It explains, in large measure, why I am skeptical of his claim about a nail and many other such similar claims. For those bored with me repeating myself, don’t read it.   "I think … Continue reading “Les Fredette’s Crucifixion Nail: Why I am Skeptical About It”

Sciencebod’s 3D Problem

A reader writes: I recall one of your postings in which you recounted the story of someone who claimed that there really wasn’t a picture of a man on the shroud, that what we all saw was no different then a picture of Jesus that appears on a slice of toast. As I recall, no … Continue reading “Sciencebod’s 3D Problem”

More on Max Patrick Hamon and the Coin-on-Eye Issue

The comments about the coin-on-eye issue have gotten rather testy, For instance when Max Patrick Hamon writes: Spy details on ancient coin types “behave” like fingerprints. Body images (resolution limit 0.5cm) should not be mistaken with blood images (resolution limit 0.5mm). Many Shroud researchers (including Barrie Scwortz) makes repeatedly the same confusion. He also totally … Continue reading “More on Max Patrick Hamon and the Coin-on-Eye Issue”

Pareidolia and the Shroud of Turin: Yes and No

Definitely, Victor Tran has a wonderful quotable quote: The face of Jesus on a burnt tortilla. Now why would the most influential figure to the Christian community manifest itself on a tortilla wrap and a burnt one at that. I posted what follows this paragraph back in November of 2010 under the title, “I Don’t … Continue reading “Pareidolia and the Shroud of Turin: Yes and No”

I Don’t See Flowers and Coins and Teeth on the Shroud of Turin

"I think I see the light coming to me, coming through me giving me a second sight." Those are words from the song, "I Think I See," by Cat Stevens, written years before Yusuf Islam, as he is now called, converted to Islam. It was, some said, a metaphor for the promised land. Maybe! "And … Continue reading “I Don’t See Flowers and Coins and Teeth on the Shroud of Turin”