Sunday, November 11, 2012

Photographic Evidence?

  I have seen and am still seeing quite a few photos that are posted all over the internet by paranormal groups or individuals whether they be in the ghostly side of things or on the cryptid side of things. The pictures are typically "blurry" or "fuzzy" and in many cases have circles on them as the person who felt it was evidence wanted people to look in specific spots on the photos. If they do not they post up saying what they think it looks like and where to look.

 From a skeptical standpoint, even myself being a paranormal investigator for years, I find that none of these are anything that resembles credible evidence. Now I am not saying that whatever the original person who came across the photos doesn't see what they see however, there are many things our eyes and brains do not agree. This goes into the same thing as looking at a wall, a piece of wood, carpet, etc where you can make faces out of certain patters. When you look at a picture of the woods, you can almost certainly make faces out of anything and everything. There is much for the brain to process! If you don't believe me , try it. Next time you look at any picture of the woods stare at it for awhile, you'll see what I mean. That having been said, now look at the photos of the woods where people circle stuff. If they don't tell you what they see in the circles, you can almost certainly see nothing at all or a blur. If they tell you what they see and you are a "believer", you will see what they see. It's manipulation of the mind. Am I saying they are purposefully trying to manipulate you? Of course not. In most cases they really believe what they see in the photo IS real and they just badly want others to see what they see. That works much the same for Electronic Voice Phenomenon. If you listen to an EVP but you read their assessment on what they "heard", you will hear it too. If they leave it blank and leave it up to you , you either hear nothing OR you hear something entirely different. I've learned to turn my head away while listening so I can hear what has been captured without any visual influence. I do that with the t.v. shows as well when they play audio. There are SO many times that I have heard something totally different than what they present. I have had people get very frustrated with me because I don't hear what they hear. The thing is, it will NEVER sound the same to everyone. A picture will NEVER been seen the same way for everyone.

  Going back to my original thought, photographs are not very good for present as scientific evidence unless its so obvious that there is no denying. Don't even get me started on the amounts of photo editing that goes on and passed off as evidence. Unfortunately that goes for everything. There will always be those that just want to trick people out and make them believe they have something when in fact, they have nothing at all.

  I want to believe most of the paranormal groups on Facebook and other social sites are not trying to be malicious. I think they are just really seeing what they think they see and presenting it. They get very annoyed and sometimes angry when people are saying they see nothing OR when someone debunks it as camera and/or lighting issues.

  So in short, if you are going to present ANY photos as evidence, you must realize you are going to be under a lot of scrutiny. If you cannot take constructive criticism OR scientific debunking then it's probably best you don't present what you have as it is most likely NOT credible evidence of anything. This goes for Ghost Hunters and Cryptozoologists as well. Most of us that have been doing this for years already know all of this and you most likely will never see us present photographic evidence unless it's just SO mind blowing there is no denying it. Save yourself time and possible embarrassment and don't post pics and if you feel you must post them .. DO NOT circle things in the photo, tell people what you see, or where they should look. Let them look at it without any influence and tell you whether or not they see anything. If they see nothing, do not get upset with them. Realize that either you aren't seeing things correctly OR they are just not seeing it. No amount of getting upset is going to make anyone see what you see. That's the core of this rant.

  Thank you once again for taking time to visit my blog! Stay busy my friends!