Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 11th, 2012
David Olenick’s art is remarkably on target this fall.
Have you noticed that with the increase in all the news and online attention to Bigfoot DNA matters, thanks to the premature release of the Ketchum “info,” the Hater Generation has jumped in, with both hands typing, to leave their “insights,” all over the social media? This is not about the Skeptics outside the field. This has more to do with the people inside so-called Bigfoot hunting, Sasquatch studies, and hominology.
The yelling, back and forth, between the pro-Ketchum camp, the anti-Ketchum groups, and those who wish to just wait, is at an all-time high. Some of it focuses on the pro-human believers and Bigfoot contactees versus the Gigantopithecus or Paranthropus theorists, regarding the origins of Bigfoot. Other haters are more crudely delivering their tweets, emails, blog comments, and Facebook feedback on a variety of topics that might be impacted by Ketchum’s supposed findings.
I guess I am firmly in the anthropologist John Hawks’ clade, reflected in his comment on the Ketchum DNA “study”: “No data, no discovery.”
It took a long time to build the pyramids. This kind of research should not be rushed.
But it is getting so strange that I am even beginning to hear immature challenges again, out of left field, regarding my interest in the observed possible anatomy and breeding habits of Sasquatch.
This week, for instance, an upset individual left this dig directed towards me, via a comment, at one of the Bigfoot blogs: “Is it true you wrote a bunch of pulp sex books involving Bigfoots?”
I would be a rich man if I had. But I didn’t. I do admit to having written a chapter, “Sex and the Single Sasquatch,” in my 2003 book, Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America.
Of course, that chapter took to task Sasquatch researchers who were avoiding the collection of the total biological details from eyewitnesses, Native lore, and other traditional sources on the unknown hairy hominoids reported from North America.
It appears that some folks still think such research is inappropriate? Or is a great half-humor, half-truth “hater” comment?
I thought things might have changed in the last decade. Maybe not. The Ketchum stuff is bringing out the worst in some people.
What do you think? Comments welcome below.
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Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.