Sorry. I was just being sceptical. Is this not the right forum for it?
Stating that we are all here to sell Jeff's books is not exactly what this particular forum in Ghostvillage was set up for.
While you are certainly welcome to express a skeptical point of view regarding any paranormal phenomena, from pictures, to encounters, to whatever, and you are certainly welcome to engage in a debate in a mature and intelligent manner, and welcome to express doubts and/or share a personal theory or a theory that makes sense to you, making little digs is just not nice at all and is totally uncalled for.
So let's all play nice, shall we?
Back to the discussion at hand. That being, what are we to make of orbs that cannot be attributed to dust, pollen, floating hairs, moisture, etc, etc.
What orbs? What phenomena?
What body of evidence is there to suggest that this was a common phenomena 10 or 20 years ago?
It seems to me that it's sprung up recently, and in tandem with lots of people with cameras. Rather than being something that only now can be recorded, it appears to be something that is recorded, by cameras.
I'm not a young man and I live in a densely populated country that has been so for a thousand years or so, never, until coming here, had I heard of orbs. Ghost stories we have a plenty, but not orbs. Will 'o' the Wisps perhaps but not commonly sighted and mostly associated with marshes.
"Orb" is just a new name for them. They are thought to be the same as "Will-'o-the-wisps", etc. As for them being caught on film and video, very few appear to be genuine. Photography and videography has moved foreward in the past 20 years so maybe our equipment is better at catching them. They're are also lots of people who have recounted seeing them with the naked eye, too.
And just because you haven't heard of something, that doesn't mean that they don't exist. They're lots of things I've probably never heard of that exist.
Okay this sounds like a good question...When did orbs first come into play for ghost hunters? Now what I mean by that is who first called them orbs and have they always appeared this way? In the very early days of ghost hunting such as all the "famous" pictures of ghosts have they ever showed anything with bright circles in the pictures? Maybe years ago they felt the same way about orbs in pictures and dismissed them just as most skeptics feel they are nothing special. I myself don't think they are but I do agree with Grim we can't dismiss them entirely until we do know for sure what they are. If that day ever comes that is.
This was already discussed in an earlier thread. As soon as I figure out how to link the thread here I will. Unless one of you great moderators can help me out!