Thermal Cameras….Do They Make Sense???

I know I will probably get crap for this, but if you haven’t learned from this point that really doesn’t bother me too much. I write to make people think and to get the ideas floating around in my brain out in the open and to see what you think.
This topic is apparently a hot bed of a topic, well for some people, but not for me. Anyways I plan on attacking the aspect of the thermal imaging camera and I dare you to debate it when it is all said and done.

Thermal Image
Thermal Image

Now, most Ghost Hunting groups feel that the holy grail of all equipment would be to get their hands on a thermal camera. This to most every group out there feels that this piece of equipment without a shadow of a doubt proves the existence of spirits as well as the ability to capture them better than any image recorder out on the market today. I ask why…why do people think this is a great piece of equipment, all a thermal image camera does is to form an image using infrared radiation. It can detect hot and cold spots as well as their point of entry. A lot of plumbers and builders use them to find where pipes or buildings would need insulation and where the greatest heat loss is in a subject. The thermal image is project in colors that directly match the subject, hot being represented by bright colors and cold being signified by dark colors.

So, now that we have established what a thermal imaging camera does, let’s get to why I am confused about all of this as it relates to Ghost Hunting.  See now on an investigation people use a thermometer in order to find in infamous “cold spot” which for some reason is a sign that a “spirit” is trying to manifest itself. Ok, I guess I understand that if you are under the aspect that spirits feed off of the energy around and heat being an energy is an easy power source for them to get charged off of. Now that everyone is getting all excited that they found a cold spot they break out the thermal camera to take a look around the area only to find the silhouette of a person standing there. There it is in all its bright yellows, oranges and reds the form of a human/spirit you have found the ultimate evidence that everyone looks for on an investigation. This is by the greatest experience of your hunting life/career to see…oh wait…did you not read what I read earlier? I said that heat was represented by bright colors and cold was represented by dark colors. So then what the heck are you looking at, if you found a cold spot then should the thing be dark colors rather than bright ones?

That’s right thermal imaging is a great and really fun toy to play with, but it doesn’t make sense. You get all hyped up for gold spots and then associate them with warm human/spirit figures. Did you ever think for a minute that this doesn’t’t make sense? People get so wrapped up in the great toys they see on TV that they don’t take the time to actually think about what the heck is going on. I have never heard of anyone going out to find “warm spots”, it’s always those darn “cold spots”.  So what could it be? Could it be an actual spirit…could it be a reflection off of something (which is my vote)…or could it be something much different that people don’t want to talk about? Could it in fact be a demon?

In the years I have watched the famous TV show we have all heard about human and in human spirits. Now if you look at this logically and you have a belief structure which allows you to thoroughly except the fact that there is a heaven and a hell then take a listen to this. If in fact you have seen a warm silhouette of a human/spirit and not one that is dark colors then wouldn’t’t it be logical to think that something that lives in the pits of hell would be warm? Based upon all accounts of the bible and aspects of hell it is a place of fire and pain, and last time I checked fire was hot and since demons live in the fires of hell naturally they should be hot. I don’t know if this makes sense to you, but my feelings are to not accept everything you see at face value. Actually try to debunk it and actually try to go into it with an open mind of investigation and intrigue.

Just realize that if you say you are doing it for science then actually treat it like science, rather than some sort of stupid teenage let’s see who gets scared more type of event. If you are into the other aspect that’s fine then don’t claim you actually have a clue because more than likely you don’t.
People tend to use the equipment without really trying to figure out what its true purpose is for and if you just use a little common sense and logic you just may actually find what you are looking for. I will admit that I have tons of equipment and have used it without really looking into it, but I am willing to admit it. And the more and more I think about thermal cameras I don’t think they are really worth their weight in what type of evidence it produces.
Again if you don’t like what I say then deal with it, I am here to make you think and take a step back for a minute. As always I am willing to debate these things with you, but you need to be the one to step as I have thrown the ball into your court.

Be safe and thanks for reading,
Jon Bolton