Daniel Loxton's Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other PDF

By Daniel Loxton

Throughout our background, 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 adventure. Now comes a publication from devoted investigators that explores and elucidates the attention-grabbing global of cryptozoology.

Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero have written an wonderful, academic, and definitive textual content on cryptids, offering the arguments either for and opposed to their life and systematically hard the pseudoscience that perpetuates their myths. After reading 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 nice 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, choosing the foremost gamers in cryptozoology, discussing the nature of its culture, and contemplating the problem it poses to transparent and important considering in our more and more advanced world.

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Our thanks as well to Tony Harmsworth, Charles Paxton, Peter Gillman, Michael Fredericks, Donald Glut, David Goldman, Janet Bord, Max Crowther, Stephen Cosgrove, and many others for providing or helping us to secure important images and resources for our research or for reproduction or both. Thanks are due to Lesley Kennes and Gavin Hanke at the Royal British Columbia Museum (and Jim Cosgrove, now retired) for fielding questions and providing valuable access. The RBCM has stood in the middle of cryptid central for decades and has weathered it with good humor and just the right attitude of accessibility, outreach, and public service.

Would the Georgia Bigfoot—a story of questionable origin, with no independent sources to back it up—have made the evening news a generation ago, when there were only three networks and limited programming on television? Perhaps not. Those who remember the Watergate scandal and the book All the President’s Men will recall that Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein had to track down multiple reliable sources before publishing their allegations about the misdeeds in the White House. Today, the situation has changed: the modern television and Internet news are so hungry for anything to fill their airtime and Web space that they are much more likely to accept and report dubious stories from questionable sources without adequate (or in some cases, any) journalistic due diligence.

With their attention focused on counting the passes, a majority of people are unable to correctly perceive what happens right in front of their eyes. The “inattentional blindness” effect, which renders the gorilla invisible, is just one of many ways in which eyewitness perception may critically fail. As A. Leo Levin and Harold Kramer put it, “Eyewitness testimony is, at best, evidence of what the witness believes to have occurred. It may or may not tell what actually happened. ”31 Consequently, court systems around the world are undergoing reform as DNA evidence has revealed case after case of eyewitness testimony that resulted in a wrongful conviction.

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