Bigfoot, Nessie, Chupacabra… *yawn*

One of the things that pops up on some of my favorite skeptical websites frequently is the subject of Cryptozoology

Cryptozoology (from Greek κρυπτός, kriptos, “hidden” + zoology; literally, “study of hidden animals”) is a pseudoscience focused on the search for animals which are considered to be legendary or otherwise nonexistent by mainstream biology. This includes looking for living examples of animals which are considered to be extinct, such as dinosaurs; animals whose existence lacks physical support but which appear in myths, legends, or are reported, such as Bigfoot and el Chupacabra; and wild animals dramatically outside of their normal geographic ranges, such as phantom cats.

It’s an all too frequent topic on the JREF forums, among other places, with both sides (the believers and skeptics) passionately making their cases, exploring their “evidence”, debating the latest finds or theories, etc…

And *yawn* I couldn’t care less.

For skeptics, there are many topics I can totally get behind, and understand the passion. CAM kills people. Creationism attempts to destroy the education of our children. Psychics defraud people and prey on people thos are suffering. And so on…

I can understand why the believers are so passionate. In some cases they have their reputations staked on whatever theory they believe. In other cases, it’s the one thing in their life that makes them feel special. And in yet others, it’s a fun way to hang out in nature, and perhaps get a tan, and keep healthier…

But for the skeptics who care about Cryptozoology, I ask you, why?
What’s the point?
What is there to gain?
Who really cares if some jack-ass wants to pretend a costume is bigfoot?

Don’t get me wrong, if it turns out that bigfoot is real, that would be totally cool.
If we find Nessie, the implications for evolution are potentially huge (a living dinosaur, WOW).
If chupacabra is real… well I’ve never really cared enough about that one to really understand exactly what it’s supposed to be; some sort of vampire thingy, right? I suppose it would be neat to find one…

But who cares? If it’s all just bullshit, which it almost certainly is, who cares? So what is some inbred yokel wants to run around the woods of Washington State looking for a big hairy ape-man? Why waste the effort to tell him, he’s going on a wild goose chase?

Maybe some of the skeptics out there have some personal reasons for their efforts on this subject, but *yawn* I just don’t get it…


About Rodibidably

Jeff Randall is a frequent volunteer for free-thought organizations, including the Center For Inquiry – DC. Having been blogging since January 2008, he decided that a community of bloggers would be an interesting new experience (or at the very least a fun way to annoy his friends into reading his posts more frequently). Since finding out about about the existence of, and then joining, the atheist/skeptic community in 2007 he has been committed to community activism, critical thinking in all aspects of life, science, reason, and a fostering a secular society.
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3 Responses to Bigfoot, Nessie, Chupacabra… *yawn*

  1. Skepdude says:

    I guess it boils down to our instinct. I feel I am predisposed to fight nonsense, even what may be condisered harmless nonsense, because at the very least there is the potential for financial fraud and victimization even with something so “harmless” as Nessie.

  2. tlowens19 says:

    When I was in Scotland, I did the touristy boat trip of Loch Ness that ended with a tour of the “Nessie Museum.” Come on, it’s Scotland…you *have* to! The museum was incredibly boring and the “evidence” was about as bad as you would expect.

    Loch Ness itself is *gorgeous*, though, and boating around it is quite pleasant, if a bit cool for June.

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