X-Message-Number: 18083
Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2001 21:15:51 -0700
From: Mike Perry <>
Subject: Kirlian "Phantom Leaf" Effects: ECREE

 From The New England Skeptical Society, *Encyclopedia of Skepticism and 
the Paranormal*,   http://www.theness.com/encyc/Kirlian-encyc.html:

"...There are several examples of leaves from which a piece has been 
removed showing the  aura  of the full leaf in a Kirlian photograph (the 
so-called phantom leaf effect).
"... Phantom leaf effects, on the other hand, are very rare   the Drexel 
team has never produced one, but they theorize a number of possibilities, 
including residue on the photographic plate and coincidence, not to mention 
the possibility of outright fraud in some cases.
      "Overall, although Kirlian photography is not perfectly understood, 
there is no evidence that variations in Kirlian photographs are due to any 
paranormal effects. ..."

As usual, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence (ECREE).

Mike Perry

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