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September 21, 2010

The Claims:

In many forms of spiritual practice and New Age “aura” is described as a coloured outline of a bodily energy generated from the soul or the Chakras (“force centers” in the body) emanating from the surface of an object or a body. Auras are allegedly only visible for specially trained persons with extended psychic abilities and a well developed third eye (Indian mysticism).  However, auras can allegedly also be captured on film or by using special glasses.

The Evidence:

Many of the so called aura readers claim to be able to read a person’s mental and emotional  state as well as potential illnesses. However, aura readings have never been proven in any investigation outside the closed circuit of believers.

There are several ways to experience the phenomena of believing one is seeing an aura that are all explainable through science. Some of these include certain types of brain seizures, epilepsy, synesthesia, different visual disorders, psychedelic drugs and eye fatigue.

As far as creating auras around bodies on photographs or film, there are a couple of different techniques that can be used, such as thermal imaging or using different kinds of camera filters. Thermal imaging is not capturing an actual aura, but instead the temperature gradient around an object.


Auras seem to have no provable scientific mechanism nor any evidence for their existence.


The Skeptic’s Dictionary Entry on Auras

Wikipedia Entry on Auras

6 Comments leave one →
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  3. freakert permalink
    May 24, 2011 4:08 AM

    agreed with jeff. it is common knowledge that your brain works with electricity to “fire” reflexes, movement, breathing, ect (actions). why are Arua’s so easily refuted?

  4. soundfidget permalink
    December 18, 2010 9:14 AM

    you are talking about kirlian photography. very cool stuff(:

  5. December 14, 2010 10:28 PM

    Well, there has been a camera developed by russians which can supposedly photograph ion, or photon feilds comming off of all organic life. They have takin photos of the energy feilds of organicly grown mushrooms and organic mushrooms and found a more filled out evenly distributed feild on the organic mushroom verses a not so regular and filled out feild on the unroganic shroom. ( Coincidentally the only seemingly valid and shared agreed upon reports i have recieved from people claiming to have shared common visions of Auras were those from people who had takin mushrooms shortly before sharing such experiences.

  6. jeff permalink
    December 11, 2010 1:36 AM

    Actually It’s pretty well accepted that humans (and other animals) have a constant electromagnetic cloud which surrounds them though it occurs in the ELF bands. Very little is really know about this field but it still fits the general idea of an aura, though it isn’t detectable by humans in any significant way, but it’s probable that changes in emotional and physical state changes the nature of this field.

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