By Daniel Loxton
Throughout our heritage, people were captivated by way of 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 e-book from devoted investigators that explores and elucidates the attention-grabbing international of cryptozoology.
Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero have written an exciting, academic, and definitive textual content on cryptids, offering the arguments either for and opposed to their life and systematically tough 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 power trust in paranormal phenomena, settling on the foremost gamers in cryptozoology, discussing the nature of its culture, and contemplating the problem it poses to transparent and important pondering in our more and more complicated world.
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Extra info for Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids
Donald Prothero (chapters 1, 3, 6, and 7 [all with contributions by Loxton]) approached this topic in a different way. He was one of those kids who got hooked on dinosaurs at age four, but never wavered in his determination to become a paleontologist. During his thirty years as a professional paleontologist and geologist, Prothero had to meet the hard-nosed requirements of the scientific community, according to which every statement has to meet the most rigorous standards of scientific scrutiny.
Even more to blame is the huge number of “documentaries” of pseudoscience on cable television, including those on stations that used to broadcast actual science documentaries. These stations promote pseudoscientific ideas just to draw audiences, earn high ratings, and justify their existence. WHAT SCIENCE IS—AND IS NOT Lost in the media firestorm generated by the Georgia Bigfoot stunt and in the huffing and puffing by the various pro-Bigfoot organizations was any scientific, critical perspective on the entire process.
If you track down who sponsored the idea and what they have revealed about their religious motivations, it always boils down to yet another attempt to conceal their religious motivation. Once it reaches the court system, this newest attempt to insinuate an anti-evolution agenda into public schools will be rejected. “BALONEY DETECTION” AND PSEUDOSCIENCE The practice of making claims that appear to be scientific, but do not actually follow the scientific method of testability and falsification of hypotheses, is usually called pseudoscience.