Michael Shermer

Image-Building for Skeptics

Skeptics have an image issue, no doubt about it. The scientific skeptic community is loved by, well, the scientific skeptic community. But many believers, the public, and the objective fence-sitters (like myself), are not entirely receptive of Skeptical messages. Now…

Just Call it a Ghost!

One of my pet peeves is the constant line by Skeptics that ghosts don’t exist or there are no such thing as ghosts. Some say this more accurately as we don’t have any evidence that ghosts exist. They are right,…

My experiences with the Paranormal

My experiences with the Paranormal

Psychic visions, unexplained rock throwing, mysterious shadows, and noises without a cause. It’s one thing to read about these things but I’ve experienced them firsthand. I didn’t know if it was a blessing or a curse to but when I went looking for…

Reptilian Shapeshifters - Controlling Elite or Video Compression?

Reptilian Shapeshifters – Controlling Elite or Video Compression?

Invasion of the Reptilians Stories of a secret Reptilian race have persisted for centuries in one form or another, but no one has worked harder to popularize the idea of Reptilians than David Icke. Mr. Icke is a former professional…

Detecting Fake Photos: Error Level Analysis Study

Detecting Fake Photos: Error Level Analysis Study

Over the next few weeks I’ll be testing a photographic analysis technique called Error Level Analysis (ELA). This testing will improve understanding of the capabilities and limitations of ELA for evaluation of suspected paranormal images. It will also aid in…

Artifacts and False Positives in Digital Photos

Artifacts and False Positives in Digital Photos

Orbs, apparitions, menacing-looking shadows and many other paranormal-looking pictures can be caused by natural phenomena. This guide points out some of the more common phenomena that can cause spooky-looking false positives but in reality aren’t paranormal at all. I”m far…

10 Tips for Great Photos / Paranormal Evidence

10 Tips for Great Photos / Paranormal Evidence

There are a host of things that can cause false positives in your snapshots. Use these tips to avoid false positives and capture higher quality paranormal evidence! 1. Keep your camera strap, finger and hair out of the shot. These…

Logging the Paranormal – Get Better Evidence

Personal encounters with the paranormal represent some of the most compelling evidence for the victim, but to the outsider these events usually mean nothing. One of the biggest issues with personal experiences is the lack of effort spent recording the…

The Electromagnetic Spectrum

The Electromagnetic Spectrum

Part of understanding your equipment is understanding exactly what it does. Most tools in the investigators arsenal include instruments that record portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Do you know which wavelengths your equipment records in? Do you know the difference…

Know Your Gear!

Many paranormal investigators spend more time familiarizing themselves with theories about why ghosts exist than they do understanding their own equipment. This is a critical mistake! If your interest is purely hobby then do what you want; however, if you…

The Potential Pitfalls of Thermal Imaging

The Potential Pitfalls of Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging is a tool used by many paranormal investigators. It can provide yet another method to record evidence. It can also be an extremely helpful when trying to locate warm-blooded animals, even extraordinary ones like Bigfoot. Unlike your normal…

This 4th of July, Fight for Freedom!

There is a lot to be disappointed about in today’s America. We have problems with debt, international conflict, civil liberties and much more. But let us not forget the great things we still enjoy…. America is still a great place!…