Imitating ‘Finding Bigfoot’ in Ohio

Someone local go and ask actual GOOD questions.

Youngstown News, Bigfoot researchers plan session.

Researchers from Ohio’s Genoskwa Project, a Bigfoot research group, will host an information session in the community room of the Leetonia Community Public Library, 181 N. Walnut St., at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The researchers hope to address the four reported Bigfoot sightings that have occurred in northern Columbiana County this year and hear from residents who may have had personal experiences.

This is what they do on Finding Bigfoot, hold “town meetings” where local people can show up, hear the anecdotal evidence from others, and see what other circumstantial evidence is associated with Bigfoot. One of the founders of the group notes that this is an atmosphere where the public can hear about the local stories and share their experiences in a friendly surrounding.

The trouble with such events – I’ll try to be brief – is that little presented has been confirmed as actually happening or investigated to see if an alternative explanation could be found. There is no critical thinking allowed. These events are for believers to share their experiences. Sound like a religious gathering? Yeah, it does for good reason. Many people who believe Bigfoot is in their back yard have zero solid evidence that it does but choose to believe out of faith and they wish it to be true. Due to such events like this gathering, the belief is reinforced and legitimized. In reality, there is no good evidence to do so.

We currently have more Bigfoot researchers out in almost every state in the nation. (There is no Bigfoot reported in Hawaii. Yet.) But, we have no better evidence than what has been gathered in the past 50 years. Zero progress is a serious scientific problem. Many of these newly formed groups have been greatly influenced by the sham inquiry seen on programs such as Paranormal State, Monster Quest, and Finding Bigfoot, thinking that there must be something to the stories. They refuse to buy that observers make mistakes in their interpretation and refuse to consider alternative, more plausible explanations. Therefore, Bigfoot. It is a religion. It’s not knowledge because none of it can be confirmed. It’s wishful thinking.

  6 comments for “Imitating ‘Finding Bigfoot’ in Ohio

  1. Sean A. Elliott
    August 5, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    I was listening to Monster Talk last night, and was interested to find out that the William Roe account that is among the Bigfoot community’s best recorded accounts, was only submitted by letter. No one seems to have spoken to him face to face. There is no supporting data, just a written account!

    It looks as if this kind of “report” makes up the bulk of encounters the Bigfooters so often refer to. I have heard proponents claim thousands of documented encounters. Documented by whom? How were these verified? Who determined the veracity of the witnesses? Again I’d like to mention David J. Daegling’s excellent “Bigfoot Exposed” for anyone interested in the subject.

  2. August 5, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    I live 10 minutes from Leetonia. I’ve never once heard talk about any bigfoot “sightings” here, but I tend to stay away from the crazies in the area.

  3. August 7, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    I unfortunately don’t live within driving distance. Otherwise, I would be your on the spot correspondent.

  4. Harvey Kayne
    August 11, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    I attended the meeting in Leetonia on the 10th. It was quite an experience. As a long term suscriber to the Skeptical Inquirer and Skeptical Briefs I just had to go. I do have some observations that I would like to share but unfortunately I cannot do so right now. I intend to get back here later and post some of my impressions. I will say that I was amazed at the turnout and the rapt attention paid by the congregation, oops, I mean audience. Later

  5. August 11, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Harvey, thanks for replying. I’d love to hear more. I saw this. http://www.vindy.com/news/2013/aug/11/bigfoot-presentation-draws-a-big-crowd/ They got a huge turnout. However, science is not a democracy, I like to remind people. Lots of people thought they saw witches and fairies too. 😛

  6. Jack
    December 8, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    I also imagine that the “town meetings” are also a set up, or that if you’re in a room with a bunch of people on a TV show, would you just sit there and say nothing or use the opportunity to just make something up to get your 5 minutes of fame? A god damn “town meeting” is not proof of anything.

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