Orbs, Orbs, Everwhere's an Orb -- -- Written By Terry
August 2, 2014
Good Morning everyone and welcome back. I had promised when I first redesigned the website that I would write a blog post on my opinions concerning that dirty paranormal word “ORBs”. Therefore, true to my word, I am going to talk about them for a few minutes. The subject of Orbs really brings out the best and worst in many people across the field. I personally do not understand the purpose of getting so excited about it. Can an Orb in a digital photograph be a paranormal entity or can it not? Is every single digital photograph of a small ball of “whatever” not to be even considered when reviewing evidence of an investigation? The other disturbing factor to me is that this is an all or nothing proposition for a huge number of investigators around the world. Therefore, by now you are asking which side of the fence I am on right. I am not telling yet. You have to read the rest of the blog to find out.
Let us look at the extremes first and then we will discuss what could really be going on here. We have all seen the pictures floating around websites and Facebook showing all these little balls floating everywhere. There are hundreds of these little devils. Moreover, the first thing the person says is not “Look at all the junk floating around while I was trying to take a picture of Aunt Judy.” Oh no: the first thing that comes up is “Look at all the family relatives looking after Aunt Judy.” REALLY guys and gals? Do you really believe that or are you just trying to make us all nuts? Do not get so excited yet though you hard-core skeptics out there. I am not jumping on your “Orbs are not, I repeat, are not, never have been, and never will be energy of any kind, let alone a ghost” bandwagon just yet. You folks are just as bad as the former because you have lost your critical thinking skills and your ability to examine things with an open mind.
Is not the whole field of the paranormal a field where you have to examine, you have to analyze, you have to use that thing God gave you call a BRAIN! What was the first thing they taught you in paranormal school? Oh, you did not go to paranormal school? I am truly sorry. It was a blast. Ghosts, mists, shadow people, demons, and orbs everywhere you looked. I just had to put that out there for all you “Experts” in the paranormal. Are there any “experts” in this field? Ask yourself that question before you continue to make yourself try and look better than everybody else.
Okay, enough playing around. Sorry if some of you have left the building like Elvis already. For those that have stuck it out we can now be serious about the serious subject. And yes I truly feel that the discussion on orbs is a serious discussion. To be a “good investigator, whether it is in the paranormal field or any other, you need to have an open mind about some things. Especially those things you really do not understand yet. Most of us know that 98% of the items we identify as orbs ARE a result of the digital flash bouncing off dust, dirt, moisture, bugs, lint, etc. It is that 2% left over that you need to take a careful look at. After all, as an investigator is not it our job to be skeptics yes, but also open minded. You cannot have it both ways. What if the same number of those out there crucifying someone for believing that it is possible for an orb to be a manifestation of a spirit were saying that you can dismiss every noise you hear on an investigation because we all know that noises are made by so many things it can’t possibly be supernatural in nature. And the same amount of those people started down playing digital recorders because they are making them so sensitive now that you can pick up a whisper from a block away. That voice you heard say on the recorder “get out” was actually the neighbor a block away telling his dog to get out of the garbage can.
You ought to be able to tell by now that I am on the fence. I will not discount every single orb like anomaly because it could be something else. We all need to have an open mind about the business we are in. We all need to be skeptical about the business we are in. Moreover, we all need to think about these things all the time. Use critical thinking skills, use thorough analysis on “ALL” of the evidence we gather, be skeptical about things, but do not throw the baby out with the bath water. Okay?