I get many emails and telephone calls from
people asking how I know that the spheres captured with digital and film
cameras are really spirit orbs and not something natural, such as dust, pollen,
moisture or other airborne particles.
I realize that new people always start out
slow on their learning curve, and sometimes I do not have time to really do
justice to their questions. Much of this information is already posted on the
web site where we have posted comparisons of dust and spirit orbs. Those of you
who are experienced know how difficult it is to explain how we know the
differences because the new people have absolutely no understanding of anything
concerning the spirits of the dead.
We must start at the beginning by explaining
the function of the scientific tools that we employ, such as the EMF meter, the
Thermal Scanner, Infrared Night Vision Camcorder, Motion Sensors and the EVP
Recorder. After explaining the function of the scientific tools, we have to
explain the physical changes that occur when a spirit is present in our
dimension. We explain about the direct relationship to the electromagnetic
signature and a change in temperature for detecting the presence of a spirit.
Add to this combination, the other recordings and we can generate a pattern
that provides us with a model of what to look for when ghosts are present. When
we explain that when we get the electromagnetic signature, a change in the
ambient temperature and then add the infrared night vision camcorder recording
of sphere shaped anomalies occurring at the same time and we detect an EVP
voice resulting in a combined array of scientific data correlating the
existence of an orb or spirit.
Combined with this extensive array of
scientific data, we add the subjective observation that occurs, thus, we have a
long list of physical evidence that suggest to us that we have a valid
encounter. Skeptics will still disagree with this protocol since it was not
developed by them, but by us. We have been posting the results of our field
investigations since 1996, long before it became popular to do the same. We
were the ones who coined the terms, "orb," "vortices" and "ecto" as depictions
of the configuration patterns expressed by these spirit visitors. We pioneered
the standards and protocols for conducting field investigations without mediums
or psychics, but with scientific tools that does not react to emotional static
that affects the mediums and psychics. This is not to say that mediums or
psychics are not real, but not everyone is psychic and can detect spirits. We
provided a protocol that all could follow without having to rely upon someone
whose outcome could not be validated.
I can think of another example when someone
says that a spirit orb is a dust particle. This is paramount to suggesting that
all automobiles are Fords when if examined closer the realization would suggest
that not all automobiles are Fords, but some are Chevys, some are Buicks and
some are BMWs. Only someone with a narrow mind set would be so bold to call all
automobiles Fords, yet we have skeptics who will call all sphere shaped
anomalies dust or rain droplets, without conducting a closer
Skeptics will claim that any eighth grader can
use a photo editing program to fake a digital image. I counter by saying any
seventh grader who takes a basic photography class can fake a print by
combining two or more negatives or by touching up the negative to create a
false print. So what? Negatives do not guarantee validity as some skeptics
would like to fool people into thinking. Trick Photography is very specific
about how to create photo tricks just as digital manipulation can be done to
create a trick photo.
One of the best evidence that one can obtain
that an orb is a spirit orb is if it leaves a contrail. No physical anomalies,
such as dust, pollen, insects or moisture will leave a contrail because these
anomalies are not moving faster then the shutter of the camera. Now we have the
possible spider web that might reflect the flash and cause a series of orbs to
show up in a contrail like arrangement, but common sense and location will
indicate if this aspect is even a possibility. A spirit orb that leaves a
contrail will be very distinct and will not resemble natural anomalies.
Some will say that these contrails can be
created by someone using a photo editing program or paint program. True, some
can create close look alike, but to the trained eye, disparities will show up.
Also remember, most people who are afraid of digital images being manipulated
are generally the skeptics. What is the motive for such a fraudulent attempt to
deceive others? Perhaps it is the pride of these skeptics to disprove what
thousands have validated for themselves. There is no profit in creating
fraudulent images that they have to misrepresent to others.
In other words, lies and deceit accompanies
these frauds and therein lies the issue. Why do skeptics feel they must rely
upon deceit and fraud to prove us wrong? What are they scared of? The truth
shall make you free, except to the skeptic who believes "the truth is as they
think it should be, not as scientific evidence suggests" and that is the
problem. They can shout louder, but the truth will not be changed. We still
teach "Ghosts are Everywhere!" Why? Because it is a simple fact we established
a long time ago in our field investigations.
I am always amazed at how a skeptic will argue
that digital cameras should not be used because it produces no negative for
validating the image. Yet these same skeptics will rely upon mediums and
psychics who can produce no evidence or proof of what they say or describe, yet
the psychic visions and impression are held in such esteem while these same
skeptics downgrade the digital camera has always been somewhat of a mystery to
me. I prefer the scientific protocol over the Ouija board and seance methods
for ghost hunting.
Dr. Dave Oester, Ph.D
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