Hello. I’m Colin Berry. I first got interested (again) in the Turin Shroud late last year, in the wake of those ”miraculous flash of light” reports.
I did a number of experiments at home, reported on my science buzz site. I interacted with the “Shroud of Turin” website, and was taken aback at what can only be described as an ongoing road show (despite the carbon dating that said the Shroud was medieval and therefore a fake). I then set up a specialist site to research it further, concluding that the image was simply a thermal scorch, produced by direct contact with a hot metal template – probably bas relief, or maybe a discarded bronze or other metallic figure.
Gradually the idea formed that it was not only a hard core of true-believers among the general public which refused to accept the C-14 evidence – that it was being sustained and orchestrated by propagandist websites and road shows, all apparently well-funded. In fact, the intro to that Mail article (link above) puts it succinctly:
“The Catholic Church has never publicly accepted or rejected popular belief that the Turin Shroud is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.
But it has done everything short of that to encourage devotion to this ancient piece of linen, on display in Turin Cathedral, which bears the markings of a man who appears to have been crucified.
The extraordinary sepia image on the cloth is simply — as Pope Benedict XVI likes to put it in that careful, precise way of his — ‘an image that reminds us always of Christ’s suffering’ “
What people chose to believe or disbelieve is of course their own business. This site is not an attack on religious faith. But if there is one thing this science bod cannot abide, in any shape or form, it is systematic attempts to dismiss science with pseudo- science – and believe me, there is a LOT of pseudo-science being deployed in defence of the idea that the Shroud really is 1st century AD, and that the carbon-daters have got it wrong (or been fobbed-off with invisibly-repaired fabric).
So that in short is the purpose of this new blog – to provide a resource and forum on which the new as well as older claims can be closely scrutinised. This site will be fearless in levelling the charge of “pseudo-science” at any research that is seen to lack strict scientific objectivity, or which attempts to explain away awkward facts by resort to “ingenious” explanations that lack proper scientific documentation. There is more to science than simply conjuring up possible explanations like white rabbits out of a hat …
In the next post I shall list some of the more egregious examples of Shroudie pseudo-science that need addressing as a matter of urgency. It is science that is being mocked and parodied with each passing day…
13th October 2016: well, here I am, well over 4 years later. There’s a model at last for the TS body image wirh which I’m quietly confident – see current posting this site. But the matter of agenda-driven pseudoscience still rankles: see the latest posting (today) on my sciencebuzz site:
Finally, heres’s a link to the most recent posting on my main site (as of Sept 18, 2016):