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

By Daniel Loxton

Throughout our historical past, people were captivated via 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 ebook from committed investigators that explores and elucidates the interesting international of cryptozoology.

Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero have written an exciting, academic, and definitive textual content on cryptids, proposing the arguments either for and opposed to their lifestyles and systematically demanding the pseudoscience that perpetuates their myths. After interpreting the character of technological know-how 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 good Sea Serpent; and Mokele Mbembe, or the Congo dinosaur. They finish with an research of the psychology at the back of the continual trust in paranormal phenomena, selecting the foremost avid gamers in cryptozoology, discussing the nature of its way of life, and contemplating the problem it poses to transparent and significant considering in our more and more advanced world.

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That’s perfectly all right; they’re the aperture to finding out what’s right. Science is a self-correcting process. ” SCIENCE, BELIEF SYSTEMS, AND PSEUDOSCIENCE The scientific method is often in direct conflict with many notions and beliefs that humans use to make decisions and guide their lives. Sometimes, a belief not only contradicts the discoveries of science and even common sense, but can harm the believers, as when members of snake-handling sects incorporate rattlesnakes and copperheads into their rituals in the belief that God will protect them—but nearly every member of such groups is bitten sooner or later, and more than seventy people have died over the past eighty years.

9 Most Bigfoot believers were angry that their work had been besmirched by a silly hoax, yet they continue to promote equally unlikely claims on a regular basis. Their gullibility should not be surprising: cryptozoology is built on openness to first-person testimony. More disturbing is the attitude of the mainstream media, which has long tended to approach “silly season” paranormal stories and monster yarns with a looser standard than that applied to other news items. That unfortunate double standard seems to be worsening, rather than improving.

It has now been found in several places around the Indian Ocean, including off the coasts of Indonesia and the Comoros Islands. (Reproduced by permission of Fortean Picture Library, Ruthin, Wales) REALITY CHECKS Biology and Ecology If so many animals are still being found every year, why is the study of Bigfoot and Nessie considered “fringe science”? There are important distinctions to make between animals newly known to science and cryptids, even when the folkloric elements are set aside. Nearly all the “new” species just mentioned are relatively small in body size and are closely related to other living animals—so it was easy to mistake them for familiar species until more detailed studies could be undertaken—and none are outside the normal range of zoological diversity.

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