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Saturday, August 9, 2014

human bigfoot?
Bigfoot - More human than human?

This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, a nature, wildlife and Bigfoot enthusiast who has written for many magazines. Dorraine conducts research, special interviews and more for The Crypto Crew. Get Dorraine's book The Book Of Blackthorne!

Now That Bigfoot Is A Type Of Human…
How Is Research Going To Be Affected?
By Dorraine Fisher

So now, many researchers are now referring to sasquatches as people. And that’s fine for the researchers doing it. There’s nothing wrong with it at all in that respect. It keeps them thinking and more focused on the cause. But I’m trying to decide if this is always good for the research itself.

What kind of roadblocks could we encounter while we’re trying to learn more about them while, at the same time, thinking of them as humans?

Let me explain what I mean.

Bigfoot, as we still like to affectionately call them, or Sasquatches, Sasquatch people, etc. are still quite a great mystery for us. There is so much left to learn; so much work left to do. So our minds need to be wide open at all times to whatever discoveries lay ahead. And we have to be able to really see the evidence in front of us when we find it, without bias or other influences interfering.

Anthropomorphism is the tendency for humans to assign human features and qualities to other living things. This is prevalent in children’s stories where animals talk and act like humans.

But the point was never made better than when Danny Vendramini, a film director, challenged conventional science and National Geographic’s portrayal of what Neanderthals may have looked like. They often depict Neanderthals looking not so different from us. Even attractive in a way we understand attractiveness in ourselves. Vendramini did his homework and came up with a different theory that opened up a new door in research. He pointed out that, with the real evidence at hand, there is no reason whatsoever to believe that Neanderthals had light, mostly hairless skin or small, human-like eyes. He surmised there is no reason to believe Neanderthals looked like us at all. It’s really only been a guess made my science, prototyped by anthropomorphism.

So, what am I getting at?

Even though it’s believed that sasquatches are a type of human, we need to be very careful about assigning human qualities to them before we know what qualities they really have.

Just because they’re extremely intelligent doesn’t mean their intelligence is or needs to be exactly like ours. All animals that have adapted to their environment are intelligent in the way that is important for their own survival. Intelligence takes on different meanings with different living things.

We humans have a tendency to think we’re smarter than other creatures because we’ve evolved the way we have. But the jury’s still out on whether we can really say that’s true, given the state of our world.

A point was made recently in a discussion group that sasquatches might possibly use tools. And since we’ve never witnessed this, we can only assume that it’s very possible that they do. Though we’re not sure they have opposable thumbs. But the idea that they need opposable thumbs in order to use tools is a type of anthropomorphism. We shouldn’t assume that if they don’t have opposable thumbs, they can’t possibly use tools. It could mean they use tools in a completely different way than we’d expect; one that doesn’t require opposable thumbs.

Seeing them as humans that may share our attributes is okay. But learning more about them can be brought to a screeching halt and we can be set completely onto the wrong course if we make assumptions about them having all human qualities, doing human things, and thinking human thoughts in the exact same way we do. This is a different creature that lives in a totally different environment than us, and has had to adapt a very different skill set. There is every reason to believe they are very different beings than us…entirely.

So the only danger in seeing them as humans is that it clouds our judgment of evidence and puts up roadblocks to the truth about their behavior. And it’s so important for us to see the truth.

And what does being human really mean anyway? What’s so great about us that we should want them to be like us? We could all argue that point forever, but by my standards for humans, they may be more like the humans we SHOULD have always been. *******DF

[Special Thanks to Dan Baker and the members of A.P.E. ]

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  1. Excellent column. I'm sure the Melbaites and Arlaites are not happy with you.

  2. I've come to the conclusion that they maybe be neither human nor ape, but a distinct divergent genus of Hominidae, somewhere between Pongo/Orang and the: Homo;Pan;Gorilla genus.


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