Bigfoot and Belief Systems

Posted by: Nick Redfern on December 23rd, 2013


Micah Hanks has a thought-provoking new article at Mysterious Universe – on the subject of Bigfoot and belief-systems – which begins as follows:

“’Belief,’ the Fortean writer John Keel once said, ‘is the enemy.’ For a researcher who many in skeptical communities would call a credulous writer of bunk-subjects and speculation, this simple adage might appear to stand in contrast to those critical perspectives taken against Keel and his work.

“It should be noted that Keel, while choosing to write about the strange and fantastic, often did so with his own decidedly skeptical approach. From his first book, Jadoo, the war between belief and skepticism seemed to battle it out within Keel’s thought processes, presenting a researcher who lacked a fundamental fear of broaching the unusual (unlike most of his contemporary newspapermen of the era). And yet, while he was willing to wade right in and address the unconventional, he remained overtly willing to call ‘bunk’ himself, if necessary.”

And here’s where you can read Micah’s complete article.

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One Response to “Bigfoot and Belief Systems”

  1. DWA responds:

    Good read. He well highlights the lack of information behind much of the media’s presentation of “knowledge.”

    This is one of my favorite quotes in the literature:

    “I am convinced that the Sasquatch exists,” Napier would go on to write toward the end of the book, “but whether it is all that it is cracked up to be is another matter altogether. There must be something in north-west America that needs explaining, and that something leaves manlike footprints. The evidence I have adduced in favor of the reality of the Sasquatch is not hard evidence; few physicists, biologists or chemists would accept it, but nevertheless it is evidence and cannot be ignored.”

    Most of the scientists addressing this topic seem to have forgotten what “evidence” means; Napier put it front and center.

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