My response to a typical ‘Ron-putdown’ arising from Dan Porter’s latest pirating of my content

Once again, Dan Porter has pirated my copy, graphic included (one showing MY research, MY own photograph), and the inevitable happens. His Shroudie regulars, most of them arch-authenticists to a man or woman, engage in all the usual put-down remarks at my expense, responding to a title that was clearly intended as a prompt to ridicule.

So when I log on this morning it is to see “Ron” put in an appearance, right on cue, with this flippant and supercilious put-down comment:

September 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm | #3

Paulette; please let’s not quibble about the details, Colin Berry has MANAGED to scourch (sic) linen here…. 😉


Actually, my dear chap, it was Dr. Paolo Di Lazzaro, the subject of my post,  who has been content merely to produce a faint scorch on linen with that uv excimer laser of his, or rather his ENEA employers. That’s a lot of technology, or, as I would maintain, technological overkill, all for one small yellow-brown discoloration of linen.

I have done more than produce a “scorch”, dear Ron. It may have escaped your notice, given I was trying deliberately to produce a faint scorch, that my end result has infinitely more relevance to the Shroud of Turin than you suggest.  Let me explain, as if to a complete newcomer to this area of research, which you are not, needless to say, making your debunking all the harder to comprehend.

This morning I took yesterday’s photograph, the one that Pirate Porter purloined, cropped it down to the region which has the faint sepia imprint from the horse brass, and then took it through two further processing steps.

Here are the 3 steps:

Faint thermal imprint from horse brass (aka superficial scorch mark) after removal from oven at 250 degrees C – cropped from yesterday’s photograph.

As above, after light/dark reversal (comparable to Secondo Pia’s 1898 conversion of the pseudo-negative Shroud image to a positive).

Final step: here’s that same scorch after 3D enhancement with ImageJ software

Here’s the original for comparison (flipped left-to-right) for comparison with the above images. Not bad eh?

So yes, Ron, I have “MANAGED to scourch linen”.  Oh, and somehow, don’t ask me how,  I have also MANAGED to model the procedure by which the Shroud image could have been  (and probably was) produced by thermal imprinting from a semi 3D bas-relief.  What a wonderful thing is this serendipity thingy, if that is what you think it is,. Speaking of which, Ron, thinking that is,  do you by any chance have any more profound observations to make, or are you now in a state of exhaustion – or maybe mental nirvana – after all that intellectual effort?

Message  to Dan Porter: again I ask you to stop pirating my content, allowing you and your regulars can trivialize or snipe at my research on your site.

You may not like my findings or my conclusions, but for your information I am adhering strictly to a conventional scientific approach. If you ridicule or attack me personally, it  says more about yourself than it does of me – since what you are doing is proving beyond any shadow of doubt that you are only interested in one kind of “science” – the pseudoscience of agenda-driven Shroudology – the sort that you so subtly and assiduously promote on those sites of yours (“shroudofturin4journalists” especially). You reveal yourself to be intolerant of the real science, the kind that I in my modest way pursue with limited resources and which I attempt to report promptly and accurately with photographs (MY photographs) on MY site.

Reminder: you really have no business reproducing my photographs without first seeking my permission. For as long as you continue to make me and my research an object of ridicule – as you did yesterday – in your choice of title no less – then you can assume that permission to use my photographs or extensive passages of text is denied.


About Colin Berry

Retired science bod, previous research interests: phototherapy of neonatal jaundice, membrane influences on microsomal UDP-glucuronyltransferase, defective bilirubin and xenobiotic conjugation and hepatic excretion, dietary fibre and resistant starch.
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