Paper Chase: Why There Are Probably No Images of Coins, Lettering, Flowers and Whatnots on the Shroud of Turin

. . . or even a second face on the back of the cloth . . . Undoubtedly, “Perception of Patterns After Digital Processing of Low-Contrast Images, The Case of the Shroud of Turin” by Paola Di Lazzaro, Daniele Murra and Barrie Schwortz provides a long needed scientific clarity to an important subject. The abstract … Continue reading “Paper Chase: Why There Are Probably No Images of Coins, Lettering, Flowers and Whatnots on the Shroud of Turin”

This is the sort of thing that hurts the reputation of shroud science

The first thing you notice is the headline that reads, “EXCLUSIVE: Newly Published Images of the Shroud of Turin.” That exact headline appears in dozens of blogs and so do the images. So much for exclusive. The second thing you notice is the gobbledygook. When I see words like “proprietary technology” in this context I … Continue reading “This is the sort of thing that hurts the reputation of shroud science”

Max Patrick Hamon replies to Charles Freeman

REVISED: Max has asked me to publish a short PDF paper, Dormant archaeopareidolias of a most secret liturgical ritual, that helps make his point. I am glad to do this as I am for other active participants of this blog. This, as with papers by others, does not mean that I agree (or that I … Continue reading “Max Patrick Hamon replies to Charles Freeman”

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”

A Scientific Approach to Image Formation on the Shroud of Turin

It is a wonderful, relatively new blog. I’m just starting to explore it. There is a problem: it’s in Italian and I don’t read Italian. But Google does a reasonable job of translation and the Chrome browser makes it automatic. With a picture of my favorite philosopher, Richard Swinburne, in the masthead I was hooked … Continue reading “A Scientific Approach to Image Formation on the Shroud of Turin”

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”

Freethought Should Be Accurate and Factual

Austin Cline at the About.com Guide provides a definition of Freethought. You will find other definitions but this is about the best of I seen. Here is the most significant part: Freethought is defined as the process of making decisions and arriving at beliefs without relying solely upon tradition, dogma, or the opinions of authorities. … Continue reading “Freethought Should Be Accurate and Factual”

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”

Fullerton Avenue Virgin Mary and the Shroud of Turin

You really want to read the entire posting by Damn Swede. (Yes, of course, we are talking here about pareidolia): For those unfamiliar, the long story is here. For those who want the gist, a salt stain appeared under the Fullerton Avenue underpass in the shape of the Virgin Mary. This caused quite a stir, … Continue reading “Fullerton Avenue Virgin Mary and the Shroud of Turin”

More: Death Certificate on the Shroud of Turin?

I have promoted a comment from a previous posting to address the issue cazab raised. It is a valid point, one that we all need to struggle with: the value of the opinion of experts. Here is the comment: I’d like to know what do you think of the expert opinion of Prof. Mario Capasso … Continue reading “More: Death Certificate on the Shroud of Turin?”

Death Certificate on the Shroud of Turin?

This is the video that is getting so much attention. As I indicated in a previous posting, I am not convinced that the lettering is there. It would be wonderful if Frale was right, but I think there are too many unresolved problems. It is very probable that we are looking at classic pareidolia created … Continue reading “Death Certificate on the Shroud of Turin?”

Really? More evidence that verifies Shroud of Turin is Real

John C. Hathaway over at The Lewis Crusade discusses Barbara Frale’s claim that there is lettering on Shroud of Turin. Frale, a Vatican researcher, discusses this in her new book The Shroud of Jesus Nazarene. While I do think the Shroud of Turin is genuine: the burial shroud of Jesus Christ. I respectfully disagree with … Continue reading “Really? More evidence that verifies Shroud of Turin is Real”