Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 14th, 2012
- The Top Ten Reasons The Mad Skeptic Likes Cryptomundo
Commentary by Loren Coleman
Over at the Mad Skeptic, obviously using a headline to give some of us high blood pressure, this was posted: “Cryptomundo Again! You’ve Got To Be Kidding.” But you will be surprised to see that the author Myron Getman is examining what we do right at Cryptomundo.
Getman first gives his readers “time to wipe your drink off of your computer screen.”
I enjoyed that line.
I naturally shall refrain from repeating his full content here. That’s just not good netiquette. I will honor his imitation of one of my “favorite techniques – the top 10 list” by streamlining his “top ten” into one here, however. Once again, you read his entire blog entirely here.
Therefore, here is the Mad Skeptic‘s “top 10 list of what Cryptomundo does right.” I’ll pass along, at least, the first sentence of each of his choices (I’m turning off the “blockquoting” for this one because I hate it/I can’t see the green):
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10) Cryptomundo sometimes has pretty entertaining “top 10” lists….
9) While not really cryptozoological, Cryptomundo does cover interesting stories about actual scientific discoveries….
8) The Cryptomundo writers actively participate in discussions with their readers….
7) Cryptomundo is a relatively good source for information on cryptozoological topics that are popping up in the media….
6) Somewhat related to #7, Cryptomundo also draws attention to stories outside of their “home base” of the United States and Canada….
5) Both Coleman and Woolheater appear to have a thing for Champ — the Northeast United States’ version of the Loch Ness Monster….
4) Cryptomundo tends to avoid much of the bullshit drama which is both, seemingly, endemic and ubiquitous in the Bigfoot subculture….
3) Once a hoax has been revealed as such, Cryptomundo will add on to the heap of disapproving evidence by aggregating information illustrating it as such….
2) Criticism of the cryptozoological establishment is often acknowledged and examined. In a recent post titled “Bad Bigfoot Data is Still Bad Bigfoot Data“, Coleman briefly addresses the fact that known fake Bigfoot casts are included in the data set representing all of the casts….
1) Often, I suppose it is easy for people to loose sight of the fact that individuals involved with certain topics or subcultures are people too. They are people who have interests and back stories which are often overlooked as the result of their views. Coleman, utilizing his contacts and knowledge of the cryptozoological subculture, helps recognize many of these people after they have passed away. In doing so, Cryptomundo gives people recognition for their work in an area they cared a great deal about. For example, Coleman just wrote about the death of LeRoy Fish. I believe this is a laudable practice.
Now, don’t go thinking I’ve gone soft on Cryptomundo. I haven’t. However, I do think it is important to note where people do get it right….
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Thank you, Myron Getman, for seeing what I’ve been trying to do.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. 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.