Asking the right questions

I really haven’t followed the Shroud of Turin story much, as it’s just, like, not my bag. You know?

For those who are not very familiar with it, here’s some background:
history of the Shroud of the Turin

You should probably know that the Deputy Headmistress is an unbeliever in regards to this shroud.

However, a recent contribution to the study of the shroud did catch her interest, not so much because of the Shroud of Turin connection, but rather because of the questions it raised about asking the right questions.
Sound confusing?

Here’s the particular paragraph that pinpoints the wow factor for the Headmistress:

“The image on the Shroud is dark on a light background. Previous theories had all attempted to explain how linen could be darkened without the use of chemicals, stains, or paints. Wilson wondered if it would be possible to lighten the already dark linen, leaving only a dark image behind.”

N. D. Wilson may or may not have solved the riddle of the Shroud of Turin. The Deputy Headmistress is still, perhaps regrettably, uninterested in that question.

What she does find delightfully interesting is this demonstration of the fact that sometimes the most difficult problems we are trying to solve are only difficult because we are not asking the right questions.

To read more about Wilson’s studies, see:

Shadow Shroud

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