The Crypto Files

Blog Entry by provisional MGH Support Staff  MGH-SharaE

 

CRYPTOZOOLOGY – THE SEARCH FOR ANIMALS WHOSE EXISTENCE HAS NOT BEEN PROVEN BY SCIENTIFIC MEANS. LITERALLY, IT IS THE “STUDY OF HIDDEN ANIMALS”. IT RELIES HEAVILY UPON ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE, STORIES, AND REPORTED SIGHTINGS. IT IS AN EXAMPLE OF A PSEUDOSCIENCE RELYING ON LIVING EXAMPLES OF ANIMALS THAT ARE CONSIDERED EXTINCT, SUCH AS DINOSAURS; ANIMALS WHOSE EXISTENCE LACKS PHYSICAL EVIDENCE BUT WHICH APPEAR IN FOLKLORE, MYTHS, AND LEGENDS ABOUND.

GIVE ME BIGFOOT OR .. . ERR AH, MAYBE IT’S A REALLY BIG GUY IN A REALLY HAIRY COSTUME?

My first encounter with the idea of Bigfoot was from the 1987 film “Harry and the Hendersons”, (I know, lame) in which a family coming home from hunting in the forest hit an animal. At first they think it was a man, but when they examine the “body” they find it’s “Bigfoot”. They decide to take it home to make money off of it and all heck breaks loose.  I fell in love with Harry, as most of the kids my age who saw the movie did too because he wasn’t a monster. He was a loyal, protective, caring creature.  So, my fascination only grew from there with that of the idea of Bigfoot’s existence.

I had a video appear in my cryptozoology feeds regarding a recent Bigfoot sighting.  I get a lot of them but this one I thought was worth mentioning because of how clear the footage is and also the research behind it.  Although, I do remain somewhat skeptical (for the most common reasons), also because some might argue that the video was a bit too suggestive in the form. However, that is how the human mind works when we see something, it searches our endless register of files and catalogs trying to make sense of what it just saw or is seeing.  It will send a signal to your brain telling you that you are looking at a face when in fact you may not be.  But to be completely honest, before I even got to that part of the video I could make out what I would call “Bigfoot”.  I wasn’t there so I can be 100% certain in my personal opinion but you aren’t reading this because of that.  That is for you to decide for yourself. I can appreciate the time and effort that this researcher put into his presentation of evidence.  As a fellow researcher, that is key when showing off your findings but it can come with its own scrutiny because technology can sometimes become trickery. I do wish more researchers, truth seekers, whatever you want to call us would do even half of what Mr. Carpenter did in his video.

 

 

The Bigfoot researcher’s video I am writing about is Scott Carpenter aka Joe Black. He has a BS in Computer Science and is a Systems Administrator full time.  Most people who have a hobby of this sort do have to have a full time job, just a side note for anyone wondering. He is part of a team of researchers called North American Bigfoot Search or NABS, where he is assisting them on the DNA project. One interesting fact about NABS is they are researching ties between Native Americans and Bigfoot while investigating the Bigfoot DNA. Native Americans called Bigfoot “Hairy Giant” and NABS found references to them calling Bigfoot “People” according to Native American readings and research they conducted.

In Mr. Carpenter’s own words about his approach to his research of Bigfoot, “I am committed to the scientific study of the entity known as “Bigfoot”. I venture into the woods as often as possible. I have two areas of research. One in the Great Smoky Mountains and one on a recreation area near my home. I have a group of Bigfoot that I have had interaction with now since 2009. The more I learn about them the more I realize how little I know.” –end quote

Mr. Carpenter will often get the same questions that a Ghost Hunter would get just using a different topic… “Have you ever seen a Bigfoot? What do they look like? His answer to these two questions is Yes and Just like us. I find both of those answers chilling and fascinating because I have the same answers, technically!

One of the earliest recorded sightings of Bigfoot appeared in 1811. David Thompson, a fur trader in Canada near what is now Jasper, Alberta. Since then there have been hundreds of thousands of sightings of this mysterious creature in Western Canada, and in the US. About a third of all reports of Bigfoot sightings are concentrated in the Pacific Northwest of the US, with most of the remaining reports spread throughout the rest of North America.

So, is Bigfoot just a “big ape that walks on two legs? Just a “Hairy Giant”? Just a person in a suit playing a hoax? Or does Bigfoot really exist? Many skeptics would conclude with a simple, “No, Bigfoot is a mystical creature of folklore and wild imaginations.  Because if Bigfoot did exist, where are the skeletons or even a bone fragment.” What we do have is mostly testimony from Bigfoot enthusiasts, footprints of questionable origin, pictures, and videos that could easily have been of apes or humans in ape suits. “There are no bones, no scat, no artifacts, no dead bodies, no mothers with babies, no adolescents, no fur, no nothing. Not that there aren’t “sightings” of such. There are “sightings” galore.” There is that point.

But on the other hand, what about just believing in something? Just because you cannot see it in front of you, hold it, know with 100%%certainty of its existence does that mean IT does not exist to live or have lived?  I think not.  Can you prove to me that Bigfoot did not exist? If not, then your theory is no better then mine.

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