Foire Aux Questions/ Frequently Asked Questions
What ARE these reliquary things? Are they real?
The relics themselves are legitimate artifacts, certified in most cases. Please see the certificate of the Postulator Generalis (the designate responsible for verifying authenticity on behalf of the Holy See) below pertaining to an artifact currently being researched in our lab:
The artifacts have been subject to rigorous scientific inquiry in order to gain further knowledge about the diseases and conditions in which the saints (before sainthood) lived, through digital microscopy, as well as in some cases, regeneration of very small tissue samples through tissue engineering. Our particular interest in working with the biological tissue of these cultural figures (the relics) is due to an established link between said tissues and spontaneous biological effects such as healing, regeneration and resurrection. Regenerated tissue samples have been retained in laboratory incubators for further study, while the original relics have been reinstalled in new, specially-designed containment devices: the hermetically-sealed polyhedron objects shown in our images. These devices are partially filled with a special liquid protocell suspension that better protects the relics from any further deterioration through a form of passive cell regeneration, which means that the relics regenerate slowly where deterioration naturally occurs.
How do I know this isn’t just a hoax?
That’s a pertinent question to ask yourself anytime an Internet site claims to deliver scientific information. In reality, anyone can claim the title of scientist or researcher and easily spread misinformation. The information contained on this site was and is validated by peer review in a formal research setting. The researchers are accountable to research supervisors at accredited institutions, as well as to the research funding bodies that support the project.
The scientific-based inquiry and research contained on this site has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Hexagram | CIAM as well as by Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. In addition, private patrons and other external stakeholders have contributed generous funding to the ongoing research development.
DISCLAIMER: This site makes no claims to offer medical advice. For individual medical inquiries, please visit your family physician.
It all seems so esoteric. How can this be real science?
Galileo Galilei, Nikola Tesla, Leonardo da Vinci and many more leading scientific and creative thinkers historically have been ridiculed or dismissed for presenting ideas that challenged the popular view of reality. Years and sometimes centuries later, those seemingly unbelievable ideas have led the way to important scientific discoveries for all of humankind.
Albert Einstein declared that imagination is more important that knowledge, intuition the only truly valuable tool for problem solving and that science is merely the refinement of everyday thinking. This project respects the integrity of creative process in implementing semi-intangible methodological strategies such as curiosity, failure, open-ended and organic development, as well as privileging correlation over causation.
The research ideas and images presented on this site represent actual experimental processes and evidential results. The processes are based on known biological and scientific properties of materials, including minerals and biomaterials, yet are innovative approaches towards manipulation of those materials for the advancement of technology in the Life Sciences.
How can I support this project?
Your feedback is important in the necessary data collection that forms part of this cross-disciplinary, interactive research.
If you have located this site through the QR coding etched on geographically-located objects, leaving your comments with regards to your impressions, the exact location of where the object was found, the physical state the object, what utility you feel the object may have, along with whatever other critical feedback you wish to leave will be collected and categorized in a database of qualitative results. Any personal information you disclose will remain strictly confidential unless your permission for publication is otherwise granted.
Alternately, if you have happened upon the site in the course of your own Internet search or were redirected to the site from another source, please indicate the source of your referral. Other comments regarding the content of the site and the research presented are of course also welcome.
Can I donate funds to this research?
Thank you for believing in the relevance of this research-creation project. For inquiries on how to donate towards the continued life of the project and to stay informed on the research progress, please send your private correspondence to our lead researcher using the contact form below: