I blame Finding Bigfoot for this recklessness (Removed)


Why was this post removed?

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.

This site is designed to be a place for rational exchange. The lessons we have learned from posting Bigfoot stories is that rational exchange doesn’t happen.

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  7 comments for “I blame Finding Bigfoot for this recklessness (Removed)

  1. Russell B.
    May 11, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    I don’t know, blaming a TV show seems a bit far fetched. Such talk is akin to blaming violent video games for violence in kids/society, or even in an individual case (unless a direct link is proven). I don’t see a revenant link. True, people will emulate stuff from TV, as seen in backyard wrestling, “Jackass” wannabes, etc. If the report mentioned such a link, then fine. Since it seems the man first said he was chasing a bear to a resident, and then Bigfoot to the police, it more sounds like a bad excuse to get out of trouble.

  2. May 11, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Agreed. I am exaggerating. I don’t know if they even watch the show. However there is no doubt at how influential TV paranormal hunters have been on people getting out there and trying it for themselves. This should be a warning that people really believe this stuff.

  3. Dennis McKee
    May 11, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    I don’t know where you get the view point that weather or not a new primate exists or doesn’t exist is paranormal. When they found the Mountain Gorilla in 1936 no one even mentioned paranormal. Same with UFO’s. The search for life elsewhere is a serious scientific question. With the Billions and Billions of stars in the visible universe and the stuff of life everywhere the chances it doesn’t exist would be slim. The other question is are they coming here? True or not another valid scientific question that has zero to do with anything paranormal. I think paranormal belief is just as crazy as you do but whether or not there is life elsewhere or if there are unknown species is hardly paranormal. They find as many as 20 new animal species a year some as big as the giant squid 50 feet long just recently photographed. Then you say there is no definition of truth???? What?? Do you gave a Websters? Spike

  4. Dennis McKee
    May 11, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Lets debate publicly. Spike

  5. Massachusetts
    May 11, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    1. I think they were probably inspired by the Animal Planet Program. It does make it seem easy and reasonable to run into the forest and walk around in the wee hours of the morning knocking on trees and making calls, chasing every twig snap you might here. So Sharon’s probably right about that. However, Russell has a point: adults are responsible for their own actions and should know better. The woods at night are indeed dangerous to the uninitiated.

    2. Dennis, this is tricky but you have a point. Many who search for Bigfoot believe they are searching for an unknown primate that’s flesh and blood just like mountain gorillas and for that matter, people. Dr. Jeff Meldrum is a perfect example of the most accomplished members of this group. However, this is very important, there are lots of people in the Bigfoot community who advocate paranormal explanations, claim that the Sasquatch is a spirit-like creature, link sightings to UFOs, insist on “men in black” government cover-ups, and it goes on and on. These beliefs make it harder for the first group of people to make their points without being mocked. It’s hard enough for them since skeptics generally feel there’s very little quality evidence to prove the existence of an actual animal, and then when people passionately argue for the involvement of aliens and spirits things go south pretty fast.

  6. Massachusetts
    May 11, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Also, re-reading Sharon’s initial comments, I don’t think she’s saying that Bigfoot is a paranormal phenomenon per se. I think she’s saying that the Bigfoot SHOW is like the paranormal SHOWS in that they all suggest people can and should search for these phenomena, even there is very little evidence to support these claims. So even if Bigfoot is posited to be a real animal, it’s highly unlikely to exist, just as ghosts, though paranormal in nature, are highly unlikely to exist.

    So these shows give people the impression that the average person can and probably should go searching. However, such searches can be very dangerous. Plus, only scientists and highly trained teams of researchers are really capable of doing a thorough investigation which can rule out alternative explanations and such. So without such expertise the investigations aren’t very helpful, they don’t prove much. They can’t evaluate the evidence and eliminate false positives and such in a useful and thorough way.

  7. Fastmover01
    May 11, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    I think the correlation between the show and maybe the 2 amature “squatchers” could be boiled down to greed and recognition. It is wholly prevalent in the ghost hunting field as teams vie for the most outrageous conclusions and “evidence” in order to get thier 15 minutes, so to speak. These 2 yo-yo’s were probably hoping to stake thier gold claim, with some sort of evidence which could be pimped out. True scientific inquiry into the Bigfoot claims is there but as was said before is becoming overshadowed by the sensationalism, and thus being dismissed out of hand as many have done with the UFO/UAP situation. Or even as was brought up, the giant squid, before it was verified was relagated to the realm of hoax and impossibility. It is akin to the old addage, which infuriates me that anyone calling themselves a skeptic would adopt this type of mindset., “pics or it didn’t happen.”

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