Serious searchers seeking Sasquatch, or Shenanigans? (Removed)

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We at Doubtful News have decided that Bigfoot news is currently too absurd to warrant discussion on our site. There is no solid evidence that Bigfoot exists. Yet, TV shows and cryptozoology personalities have assumed the reality of the creature instead of considering all reasonable options to explain eyewitness reports. That’s not science. It’s pure speculation.

Therefore, we have decided from this point to limit our coverage of Bigfoot to any ACTUAL quality news stories that arise that have some value, not rumors or disputes between personalities or humorous mention of Bigfoot in the media. Because of the tendency of too many in the pro-Bigfoot camp to attack critics (often personally) who question the evidence, and to hype speculation for web hits and ad revenue instead of providing well-thought out arguments, we have removed this post.

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  5 comments for “Serious searchers seeking Sasquatch, or Shenanigans? (Removed)

  1. Sean Elliott
    April 25, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Thanks again for a great blog. I live in the Santa Cruz mountains very close to Mike’s museum and I used to visit him and chat frequently. I even paid an annual membership fee as Mike lets members borrow from his impressive library on the honor system. To his credit, Mikes library contains books with a skeptical perspective among the many books by credulous believers. It’s also kind of fun to hear hear Ashlee’s name mentioned,since she and I have mutual friends and I have spoken to her a few times. She invited me to hang out and talk Bigfoot on one occasion, although I wonder how she would feel If she were aware I am not a believer..
    The whole Sasquatch field is positively bursting at the seems with absurdity at the moment. It seems to be a kind of cultural contagion similar to the Alien Abduction flap of the late 80s-90’s. I am also reminded of the strong interest in Dinosaurs spurred by Jurrasic Park. Every so often a subject seems to enchant the public’s collective imagination, and it seems as if the appetite cannot be satisfied.
    What is so interesting to me about these popularity surges is how much they reveal about our thinking on a societal level. Where is the critical thinking? Where is the deductive logic? Where is the reasoning? I take no pleasure in sounding cynical but this is a sad state of affairs in my estimation.

  2. April 26, 2012 at 5:35 AM

    It is important to remember that with every cause or small community dedicated to something controversial (or non-mainstream) can not only be subject to ridicule, but also be subject to a few bad apples. This of course does not help their respective causes any credibility, and of course provides ample fuel for naysayers.

    I am not suggesting this is what is happening here in this forum. But I have observed that similar with the paranormal field as with the bigfoot field, insofar as internet forums go, it can become a highly politicised fight over territory, opinions and can become heated. This is not in the form of respectable banter but resorting to name-calling and childish behaviour.

    This of course has been noted by several names known in the Bigfoot/paranormal field, namely Eric Altman, who on April 18th recently mentioned on his Facebook wall how there appears to be a lot of childish behaviour exhibited on several Bigfoot-themed websites and web forums. Again, this does not help on any forum let alone isolated to just the aforementioned specific forums, nor does it help those who genuinely research or study Bigfoot.

    I am of the opinion that anybody who ridicules someone and resorts to childish name-calling, has no real argument or rebuttal, but merely wants to muck-rake and create disharmony, in a lot of cases behind a suspect handle or under an anonymous function. And it is not just isolated to the bad spellers or those who are grammatically-challenged.

    As with the subject of the paranormal, I do not disbelieve in Bigfoot, nor do I take every organisation seriously enough initially to believe them straight away. I do however give them the benefit of the doubt, but if they don’t cut the mustard, so to speak, then that is it.

    With the BFRO I have watched several of their episodes and although it is entertaining I do not conclusively have an opinion as to whether their expeditions produce anything conclusive. I do find it interesting how they might hear the occasional “knock” or their infrareds pick up a figure standing in the horizon (as did happen during their episode down in Florida, while looking for the “skunk ape”). From memory it was not conclusively attributed to bigfoot or the skunk ape, per se … but rather it was left for the audience member to decide.

    I do find it good how they have Ranae Holland in the team as the sceptical researcher. It adds balance to the show, even if it appears as though there might not be, to play devil’s advocate.

  3. Massachusetts
    April 26, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    How Matt Moneymaker and others like him be so sure that the response wood knocks aren’t made by other people? Wood knocking’s been popularized by Moneymaker’s show and this is a pass time that’s causing people to take to the woods. People know his expeditions are out there, and that includes pranksters too. But when they hear a knock in the distance they are certain it’s Bigfoot. This is something I’ll never get.

  4. Massachusetts
    April 26, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    How can Matt Moneymaker and others like him be so sure that the response wood knocks they hear aren’t made by other people? Wood knocking has been popularized by Moneymaker’s show and this is a pass time that’s causing people to take to the woods in larger and larger numbers, it seems. People know his expeditions are out there, and that includes pranksters too. But when they hear a knock in the distance they are certain it’s Bigfoot. This is something I’ll never get.

  5. Massachusetts
    April 26, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Sorry about the double post. I was trying to fix typos.

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