Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other by Daniel Loxton

By Daniel Loxton

Throughout our historical past, people were captivated through mythic beasts and mythical creatures. stories of Bigfoot, the Yeti, and the Loch Ness monster are a part of our collective event. Now comes a e-book from devoted investigators that explores and elucidates the interesting global of cryptozoology.

Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero have written an interesting, academic, and definitive textual content on cryptids, offering the arguments either for and opposed to their life and systematically demanding the pseudoscience that perpetuates their myths. After studying the character of technology and pseudoscience and their relation to cryptozoology, Loxton and Prothero tackle Bigfoot; the Yeti, or Abominable Snowman, and its cross-cultural incarnations; the Loch Ness monster and its hugely publicized sightings; the evolution of the nice Sea Serpent; and Mokele Mbembe, or the Congo dinosaur. They finish with an research of the psychology in the back of the power trust in paranormal phenomena, deciding upon the most important gamers in cryptozoology, discussing the nature of its tradition, and contemplating the problem it poses to transparent and demanding pondering in our more and more advanced world.

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54 When we add to this reality check the constraining factors that seals are noisy and return often to land in order to molt and breed (where they would presumably be seen and identified), we may conclude that reports of “sea monster” cryptids are highly unlikely to be of genuine sightings of as-yet-undiscovered species of seals (despite the popularity of the “pinniped hypothesis” in the cryptozoological literature) but more likely are cases of mistaken identity. Andrew Solow and Woollcott Smith took an even broader approach and showed that the discovery rate of large marine animals has dropped dramatically in the past few decades.

THE GEORGIA “BIGFOOT” On July 9, 2008, among the usual stories of political news and celebrity scandals, the Internet and televised media were buzzing with a report of two men who supposedly had found a body of Bigfoot in the woods of northern Georgia. In this age of electronic media, the discoverers’ account was posted on YouTube before it was even covered by the conventional televised news or newspapers. The images were blurry and difficult to decipher, but the insatiable twenty-four-hour news and Internet cycle demands filler with some sort of content, no matter how suspicious.

In fact, in the words of the social scientist Frank J. Sulloway—words that should be elevated to a maxim: “Anecdotes do not make a science. ” I employ Sulloway’s maxim every time I encounter Bigfoot hunters, Loch Ness seekers, or alien abductees. Their anecdotal tales make for gripping narratives, but they do not make for sound science. After a century of searching for these chimerical creatures, until a body is produced skepticism is the appropriate response. So whenever someone regales you with such stories, I recommend the following rejoinder: “That’s nice.

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