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.