Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
"That there is some strange creature in Loch Ness seems now beyond doubt, but that the police have any power to protect it is very doubtful," a Scottish police chief wrote back in the 1930s in a newly released letter expressing his concern that a London man might harpoon Nessie. The 1930s constable was only one in a long line of Scottish authorities who've sought to protect Nessie from harm, cryptozoology expert Loren Coleman says, and they were still doing it as recently as 1999.Coleman knows because he was all set that year to search for Nessie in a homemade sub with a man who was absolutely sure he had bumped into the monster in a dive 30 years earlier. They planned to take along a harpoon to take a DNA sample. But Scottish authorities nixed the trip, showing, Coleman says, that officials have taken Nessie more seriously than they let on. “There’s always been the sense that quietly…they were taking the reports more validly. There was a serious acknowledgment that the Loch Ness monster exists,” Coleman tells the Christian Science Monitor.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Systems of knowledge are creations of the human mind (in metaphysics, constraints, perhaps). Millenniums of philosophy, logic and science have paved a way for man to rise to heights unimaginable centuries ago. Branches of science, such as, zoology, botany, anthropology and so forth are constantly making discoveries and increasing our body of knowledge as humans. They follow a subset of rules that guide their research into a rational outcome of their theories. Unfortunately, in 2010, epistemology, metaphysics and crypto-field research are now blending into a pseudo science or ad hoc science, that has become more entertainment then serious in content. We are losing our scientific grounding.
Man has formed what is called the scientific method. In its most simple form:
- Ask and define the question.
- Gather information and resources through observation.
- Form a hypothesis.
- Perform one or more experiments and collect and sort data.
- Analyze the data.
- Interpret the data and make conclusions that point to a hypothesis.
Lets follow this method with the classic case of Santa Clause and his rain deer:
1) If we wanted to know "Can rain deer fly?" we would write down all the reasons we think they can.
2) We would gather all the information we could by going out to where the rain deer were at and seeing if they could fly. Even though we don't see any fly, we could still base our research on the myth and folklore that surrounds Santa and his gang.
3) Our hypothesis would now be "Rain Deer do indeed Fly."
4) Our experiment would be to gather 12 rain deer and throw them off of a very tall building.
5) We now have 12 dead rain deer.
6) Even though all 12 crashed to the ground and died, we could still conclude that "on this particular occasion these rain deer chose not to fly." - (this totally ignores a basic law of logic about not arguing from the general to the specific.)
7) We now conclude that the world is populated by thousands of flying rain deer, and wonder why we and our followers are the only ones that believe it.
Does any of this sound familiar? The example above is called ad-hoc science and that is a mistake some well intended people do when they are trying to prove something that is more of a belief, or myth, then a fact. They put the conclusion up front as if it were the hypothesis. It is not. It cannot be supported.
This method is what's at the heart of ALL conspiracy theories. They believe what they believe, and will only look for facts that support their conclusion that they presented up front (JFK assassination, Locke Ness Monster, UFO's, Global Warming, Obama is a Communist...and so forth)
This sadly, is what Bigfoot people are doing. They are not alone.
THE RED PLANET
One of the greatest examples of poor methodology is the scientist Percival Lowell in the nineteenth century and his belief in the canals on Mars. Dr. Lowell had mapped out the surface of Mars that showed large metropolitan areas and how they were connected by an intricate array of canals, obviously for drinking water and sewage. He went so far as to submit scientific papers to renowned journals to prove his theory. Some scientist were skeptical, others thought he was on to something. A few decades later better optics on telescopes showed that this was all an illusion. There were no canals. How can that be? He saw them.
What Dr. Lowell saw is what we would call 'blobsquatches.' Simply a way that his mind was matrixing the blurry images he saw on his telescope.
A period of time after getting into bigfoot research, many fall into the 'metaphysics' trap. This is not to different then UFO guys that start dwelling on abductions, implants, UFO's in the Bible and this kind of stuff. Bigfoot guys start focusing on structures, writing books about sasquatch social structures, gong to conventions and talking on radio about things that are way away from being proven.
The researcher soon learns of how difficult field work is. The time, expense and dedication is just to much for most people to maintain consistently. That is why it is easier to go on radio and talk about what your imagination has now convinced your mind that you saw sasquatch six years ago walking across a trail.
There is so much of that kind of stuff going on, I wonder does anybody ever carry a digital camera with them?
Today, big money can be made off of something that cannot be presented to a University as a serious research paper. The method would be all backward. That is why the entertainment aspect of it is what is making money.
Look at shows like Monster quest and the major 'Bigfoot' blogs to see who is behind them. Are they scientist? If they are, challenge them on their motives. Where is the University paper that should be in the hands of a anthropology department? It does not exist. There is a reason for that. They are afraid of what could become of knowing something simply is not real.
That is why no serious effort is being made anymore by the community to find bigfoot. Ultimately you would have to conclude at some point that he does not exist. That is what a real scientist would do.
He would not continue to research something that cannot fit into a scientific methodology. How would he even approach the effort? He would conclude it does not exist.
That would indeed kill the goose that lays the golden egg.
THE GUYS ON THE FRONT-LINE
There are people like myself, tcsjrbigfoot, Derek Randles and firstbillyjack are at the forefront. We have no real backing other You-Tube commenter's. None of the 'big guys' will support us even with the amount of intriguing evidence that has been accumulated.
I have found a number of tracks, taken a fantastic photo of the skunk ape and recorded the howl of something that cannot be identified as a known animal. I am on my own, but am moving in.
To put together a real expedition would be costly and who wants to upset the apple cart anyway. The myth is real - Just leave it at that.
Now the weather sucks, and I am at home waiting for better conditions. Not much I can do about any of this stuff now.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
I use this blog for live updates in the field while I am searching for the Florida Skunk Ape.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The 1960's had a rash of bigfoot finds from footprint cast, eyewitness accounts and the famous Patterson Film. Why in this era of high tech digital cameras and computerized surveillance equipment has the sasquatch evaded capture or at least a decent set of images? Could it be that he was never out there to begin with. In my research I believe I have found compelling evidence such as footprints and audio that cannot be explained. I also took an image I believe to be the Florida Skunk Ape and not a blobsquatch. There may be a simple reason for the lack of a capture. Doug Waller of the Southeastern Ohio Society For Sasquatch Research has this theory as reported by WHIZ of Zanesville Ohio
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The Olympic Project lead by Derek Randles of Washington State is begining to yield some interesting results. Their stealth campaign of deep field trail cam deployment in one of the most ambitious projects in the history of bigfoot research.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
I have recently been linked to by about.com on their paranormal section, and one of the only bigfoot guys that they are linking to. I have been approached by floridaskunkape.com about a documentary project which would included all the researchers in Florida bigfoot who are finding evidence in the field. This project should be filmed this summer. Man, with all the insects out there. I better bring lots of deep woods OFF with DEET.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Tree knocking or the banging of wood has long been believed to be a way of communication between sasquatch to ward off other males or alert others to the presence of humans, perhaps. We are really not sure but there seems to be historical president for this behavior such as what was recorded in the High Sierra mountains in 1974 called the Sierra Sounds.