John Klotz pens out some thoughts about what two people are saying about his book in A critcal response to a critic. For instance, on what Hugh Farey, the editor of the British Society for the Turin Shroud (BSTS), wrote, John writes:
As an author, I suppose that I should not be too sensitive to criticisms. It comes with the territory. However, Hugh Farey’s criticism posted on shroudstory.com that I did not devote enough space and energy to explaining why Picknett-Prince theory that DaVinci forged the Shroud 100 years after it was first exhibited in Lirey, France is nearly as supercilious as the theory itself (which Hugh apparently rejects also).
And on what Ms. Underwood had to say over at Amazon, John tells us:
[Her] review was enlightening and helpful to me:
"Excellent account of the history of Shroud research and presents a very good case for its authenticity! I was a bit disappointed that it did not delve into how the findings of quantum physics may provide a possible mechanism for the image formation."
I will be preparing a revision to answer Ms. Underwood’s comment and if anyone has already purchased the book, I will provide the revision gratis. Actually, the revision of the one chapter will include a discussion of a 2010 presentation by Andrew Sullivan and Nigel Kerner[iii] which argues that consciousness was an elemental power that along with gravity pre-existed the universe and engendered it. That’s my very brief summary and/or conclusion.
You will want to read A critcal response to a critic.
During a break in the St. Louis Conference, a few of us were in the back of the room sipping coffee and munching what I called Neutron Chip Cookies – that was because one of those monstrous chocolate chip cookies would rejuvenate you with all of the calories you had burned in a year of exercise. I was talking about John Klotz’ book.
She had said, “I would like to read it but I don’t own a Kindle.”
“You don’t need to,” I said. “Amazon has apps for most tablets and smartphones. And you can read Kindles books on most laptops and desktop computers. I even have John’s book on my iPhone. See!”
That picture is real. That is my hand holding my iPhone displaying John’s book. It is not photoshopped.
John Klotz’ new book, The Coming of the Quantum Christ is now available for B&N’s Nook as well as Amazon’s Kindle.
A reposting from Quantum Christ Image by John Klotz
A Challenge to the Skeptical Community: Show Me an Image
I have a challenge to those skeptical of the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, Show me an image comparable to the Shroud of Turin at least five centuries old. It doesn’t have to be of Christ or have any relationship to religion. It can be of anything.
I am in the process of completing a manuscript with a current working title of: “The Coming of the Quantum Christ: The Shroud of Turin and the Apocalypse of Selfishness.”
It includes in the large part, the scientific study of the Shroud of Turin. Some weeks ago I challenged a skeptic on Dan Porter’s Shroud Story blog to show me an image of sufficient relative antiquity that has similar characteristics as the image on the Shroud of Turin. I do not recall ever receiving a response. So now I the challenge to the larger skeptical community:
Show me such an image of that was in existence no later than 1500 CE [AD]. I choose that year as the cut-off because I believe no one can seriously dispute the existence of the Shroud by that year.
Not a painting. Painted images do not qualify because I submit that from one thing established by the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP) in 1978 and by additional research since that time, is that the Shroud is NOT a painting. Sorry Walter McCrone fans. In one of my chapters I cite Harry Gove’s initial impressions of McCrone when he first met him. They are not complimentary.
So here’s the challenge: direct me to an image currently in existence that was created prior to 1500 CE that has features comparable to the Shroud. That would include at a minimum:
- A depth of the image no greater than the outer shell of a fibril of linen. The image of the shroud is such, or even more probably, a darkening of by-products left on the linen from the retting of it by methods dating back to BEFORE 1000 CE but I won’t quibble about a measly 500 years;
- Sufficient definition (resolution) of the image to allow determination of important features of a human body to the extent those are determinable from the Shroud image;
- Difference of various parts of the image intensity to allow interpretation as a three dimensional object.
I am serious about this. My final chapter is 18; The Challenge of the Shroud and if anybody has a relevant image, I will comment there or maybe in a relevant earlier chapter with proper attribution.
You may respond to this posting to QuantumChristImage.blogspot.com. Warning, I am looking for a specific item: an image that has the characteristics of the Shroud image that predates 1500 CE. It does not have to be of Christ. If you wish to direct me to such image please respond. However, I will delete argumentation about my criteria which fails to cite an image which matches the criteria.
As most of you know, John Klotz is a regular participant in this blog. He has in these last few weeks been working to finish up his book on the Shroud of Turin. A theme, an "Apocalypse of Selfishness," is intrinsically a part of the book. With that in mind, he has turned to his blog, Quantum Christ, to republish something he wrote in 1972. Here is the beginning:
The following piece was written by me in 1972 as a part of my studies for my Master’s Degree in International law.of International Law degree at New York University. In concerns the prospect of prosecuting ocean polluters as for international crimes just as we prosecute pirates. The first section: The Death of the Ocean the Mother of life seems particularly relevant to environmental crisis we face today that now threatens the humanity with an "Apocalypse of Selfishness."
Reprinted from The International Lawyer, Vol.6, No. 4, October 1972 Page 706
Copyright 1972 American Bar Association
Are Ocean Polluters Subject to Universal Jurisdiction: Canada Breaks the Ice
By John C. Klotz*
A. The Death of the Ocean – Mother of Life
Until now, human development has proceeded on the assumption that the earth and its resources were created for the use and exploitation by mankind, and were so plentiful that little thought need be given to their ultimate exhaustion.(Nte. 1) In terms of ecology, man’s economic theories have advanced little beyond those of the Stone Age: "slash and burn" agricultural communities who roam the world’s tropical forests, slashing and burning trees to create small plots for cultivation, and when the soil is soon exhausted, moving on to another part of the forest to slash and burn again.
Similarly, modern man has exploited the resources of the earth with such reckless abandon, that the human race is now faced with an ecological crisis of unbelievable complexity. We now know that the earth’s resources are limited, with the points of exhaustion of many of the most basic resources near at hand, and that exploitation and industrialization are exacting such a fearful toll that life, as we now know it, may be doomed to extinction.(Nte. 2)
Perhaps the most obvious of the world’s endangered ecological systems is the ocean.(Nte. 3) Ocean waters cover four-fifths of the earth’s surface. Its interaction with the atmosphere determines weather and climate and each influences in many ways the composition of the other.(Nte. 4) Over 70 percent of the atmosphere’s oxygen was created by ocean organisms.(Nte. 5) The ocean is an integral part of the world’s food supply and an important communications link between the continents. Thus, the destruction or alteration of the ocean’s ecosystems would threaten the earth’s supply of oxygen, lead to the possibility of seriously altered climates and threaten destruction of an important source of the world’s present and future food supply.(Nte. 6)