Here are five reasons why modern technology has proven the supernatural does not exist:
1. Photo quality has improved – It wasn’t that long ago when the supernatural existed in grainy, ghostly images that have come to represent the modern world’s sole evidence of the metaphysical — images, like the “Surgeon’s Photograph” of the Loch Ness Monster, which has been proven a hoax, or the “Patterson-Gimlin” film of Bigfoot, which portrays an ape-like creature walking through the woods. These poor quality images, shot with the cameras of antiquity, do not prove the existence of anything. Yet they ignite the fires of our imaginations. The times, however, have changed. Technological advances have produced cameras with resolutions so sharp, photographers use Instagram to give their photos the veneer of yesteryear. The result? It is much harder to fake images of lake creatures or forest denizens. However, if those phantasms were out there, we’d have high-quality, 24-megapixel photos that reveal wrinkles on Bigfoot’s face or the thrust ports of a UFO. Yet we don’t have them and there is a very good reason for that.
2. Photo frequency has increased exponentially – Back in 1933, when the debunked “Surgeon’s Photograph” of the Loch Ness Monster was shot, humans took about 1 billion photos each year. In 2012, that number was 380 billion and growing. If supernatural things actually exist or happen, 380 billion photographs should capture some of them. Yet credible photos of UFOs, ghosts, apparitions and metaphysical phenomena remain nonexistent.
3. Motion picture camera use has increased exponentially – The ” Patterson-Gimlin ” film, which allegedly depicts Bigfoot, was shot with an 8 mm motion picture camera in 1967. Back then, motion picture cameras were relatively expensive and the cost of film and processing was downright prohibitive. Accordingly, filmmakers used film sparingly. Then came the digital age where the average person has a motion picture camera on his or her mobile device. Accordingly, we’re documenting life like never before. One hundred hours of video is uploaded to Youtube every minute. What’s more, security cameras are ubiquitous. As we saw with the Boston Marathon Bombings, surprisingly little goes undocumented. In London, it’s estimated the average person is captured on surveillance camera 300 times per day. Yet there are no credible clips of transformation, remote influence or divine intervention.
4. Cameras are everywhere – Security cameras aren’t the only cameras operating continually. Traffic cameras monitor our roads and weather cameras monitor our skies. Eventually, we would expect to see an alien or UFO. But we don’t. In Russia, most drivers travel with dash cameras as protection from insurance fraud and police corruption. In February, 2013, the Chelyabinsk meteor (a one in 100 year event) was captured by dozens of motorists using the portable recording devices. Yet there are no credible, corroborated sightings of the supernatural. Similarly, trail cameras, remote cameras that are triggered by a passing animal, are placed in the woods by throngs of hunters, researchers and hobbyists. Tens of thousands of them are documenting what’s happening in the most remote corners of the world. And yet, even though there are countless images of the wariest animals in the wild (wolves, mountain lions, Siberian tigers, etc.), we have no images of Sasquatch.
5. Conspiracies are false – Years ago, before the information age, it was barely conceivable that the government could suppress every image of every extraordinary event — be it contact with aliens or a prehistoric creature swimming in a lake. But after the Internet, that notion is beyond belief. If images or clips of phantasms are being captured, they could easily be disseminated by Facebook, Youtube or email. It is very unlikely the U.S. government could suppress that information or keep it a secret, see Snowden, Edward. Ultimately, there’s only way to explain the lack of paranormal evidence: the supernatural doesn’t exist. UFOs, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, ghosts, demons and angels, plus a wide variety of human-centric wizardry, live only in our imaginations. The evidence, or lack thereof, says so.