Sunday, June 30, 2013


Updated June 2013
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"A pseudoscience is a doctrine or belief system that pretends to be a science."

"Pseudoscience tries to masquerade as science (knowing the prestige that we now attach to scientific things), but when you examine the claims closely, they do not hold up to scientific scrutiny."

"However, there are several of the more important principles that we all need to avoid being duped by pseudoscience:
1. Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence
2. Burden of Proof
3. Anecdotes Do Not Make Science
4. Arguments from Authority and Credential Mongering
5. Bold Statements and Scientific-Sounding Language Do Not Make It Science
6. Correlation Is Not Causation
7. The World Is Not Black and White, but Shades of Gray
8. Special Pleading and Ad Hoc Hypotheses
9. Not All "Persecuted Geniuses" Are Right"

Monday, June 24, 2013

Orbs / Anomalous Orbic Images (AOIs)

Updated June 2013
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Example of dust AOIs taken at Hawai`i's Plantation Village.

Example of rain AOIs taken at Hawai`i's Plantation Village.

"Spiritual or other-worldly interpretations of "orbs" in photographs should only be considered under conditions in which all sources of stray reflection and diffraction have been eliminated from the environment."

"Believe it or not, you are surrounded by dust at all times. It is unavoidable. The only true way to be in a dust free environment is to be inside a vacuum, and I am not speaking of your household cleaning appliance. I have heard from many individuals and groups that orbs could not possibly be dust because there was no dust present at the time. This is highly incorrect reasoning, and as we will continue to discuss, you cannot evade dust inside or outside, you can only control how your photos are collected."

"It’s easy to see dust in the air if you switch on a flashlight in a dark room. Point the flashlight across the room while watching where the beam of light passes through the air. You will see little flashes of light in the beam. These are caused by dust particles drifting through the light beam."