The problem is that Joe Nickell, mentioned here, has no comprehension of the scientific method. From an obviously spoon fed story in the Buffalo News:
Twenty-seven campers spent the past week following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, digging up fossils and learning how to face moral dilemmas.
Paranormal and forensic investigator Joseph Nickell, of Discovery Channel and National Geographic Channel fame, paid a visit Wednesday morning to explain away alien sightings, Bigfoot, crop circles and the Shroud of Turin.
“The best way to find the truth in such matters is the scientific method,” said Nickell, who urged kids to respond to claims, myths and urban legends by demanding proof.
Joe Nickell is not a scientist. That is not a criticism. He has a PhD in literature from the University of Kentucky and he is a skilled writer. According to Nickell, not being a scientist is advantageous as researcher or investigator.
In an article entitled, “An Interview With Joe Nickell,” Eric Krieg of the Philadelphia Association for Critical Thinking, describes Nickell (using Nickell's own words) as an “investigator” and formerly an “undercover detective, teacher, draft dodger, river boat manager, carnival promoter, magician and spokesperson.”
“Joe [Nickell] impressed on me the difference between being a scientist and an investigator,” Kreig continued. “Joe seems to have no significant credentials . . . Joe [Nickell] remarks that a scientist tends to approach an investigation from the narrow view of his own specialty - where as a ‘jack of all trades’ would come up with more avenues of investigation.”
Joe Nickell is a skeptic when it comes to the Shroud of Turin. There is no question about that. Nor is that a criticism. What needs to be questioned, however, are his methods, those things he writes as "facts" and the conclusions he draws.
The aim of the thoughtful skeptical inquirer is not to achieve this or that outcome. Rather the aim of the true and honest skeptical inquirer is an open mind, careful analysis and proper use of sources.
Everyone should read a recent Joe Nickell's article "Claims of Invalid “Shroud” Radiocarbon Date Cut from Whole Cloth" and the criticisms of this article that follow. Everyone should judge for himself or herself.