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Sunday, November 15, 2015

So You Think You’re Too Smart To Believe In Bigfoot?
By Dorraine Fisher

So you think you’re too smart to believe in Bigfoot? Let’s take a closer look at why that might be.

Bigfoot skeptics seem to fall into two categories. There are those “active skeptics” who actively debate believers and even try to ridicule them in the wake of any evidence or argument they might present. And then, there are the indifferent individuals who don’t even bother asking to see the evidence and don’t get involved unless it’s to say that any intelligent person can’t possibly believe in such a creature any more than fairies and unicorns. And it seems to be some of the highly- educated among us that seem to reject the idea most often. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am.

I’ve watched them for a while now, and I’ve come to some conclusions. But let’s face it. It’s easier to say something doesn’t exist (as science backs you) and be proved wrong in the end, than it is to take a look at some evidence, dare to contradict science, and take a small leap of faith and say maybe… and possibly face some ridicule. It takes courage to buck the system, especially when you have no background in science to help give you some clout.

But there has to be more to it. And before you try to say I’m dogging on educated people, let me clear this up.

Education is essential. But sometimes the type of education one has determines their beliefs and what they’re willing to accept as a possibility. I’m saying that it can often cloud imagination and they’ll lump bigfoot into the category of blind faith. (And when I use the word imagination, I’m not talking about belief in fairy stories. I’m talking about being able to imagine that something might be real even when science hasn’t yet confirmed it.)

Belief in bigfoot, for the researchers involved, has nothing to do with blind faith. And, as an education teaches people how to think, it teaches them to think in a certain way. And sometimes I think it teaches them to think that those with less education aren’t as intelligent as they are. But education shouldn’t be confused with knowledge and knowing. And the work of the less educated researchers should not be dismissed.

Because bigfoot researchers are out in the field every day. We see the evidence with our own eyes, we feel the energy around us, we smell the smells, and we hear the sounds. I daresay that researchers are a whole lot more plugged in to nature than any doctor or lawyer that rarely goes outside. This is where I maintain that advanced degrees in unrelated fields of study really don’t give anyone the authority to ridicule those that see what’s really going on out there.

This is where I believe education has its drawbacks in the world of cryptozoology. Is it really intelligent to close your mind to possibilities? How constructive is it to say, “I don’t care what you think you saw. Science says they don’t exist? “

And if you stand by your beliefs, your education level comes into question… as if an advanced degree makes you see things more clearly. It clearly doesn’t. The education level of the bigfoot observer does not determine what they actually see. All it might do is cause them to question what they see more or less. And that still doesn’t mean they DIDN’T see bigfoot. Most people that have sightings are hikers, campers, and hunters, and maybe a lot of them don’t have advanced degrees. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t intelligent. It doesn’t mean they don’t know what they’re talking about.

Quite the contrary. They have a huge body of knowledge focused on understanding something very important: nature. And I believe that is the essential “education” required to determine if something out there might be real. You only see things out there if you’re actually there. And most of the people who scoff when I say bigfoot is real are the same ones who rarely go out there to see for themselves. They depend on science to tell them what’s real. That, to me, is blind faith. And blind faith in science is no better than blind faith in anything else. The bigfoot researcher is just the one who’s brave enough to take it into his or her own hands and risk a little ridicule in order to get to the truth and do what science refuses to do.

Yes, education is important. And science is important. I have absolutely nothing against them. We need them to help legitimize the subject. But we have to be really careful about worshipping science as if it were the be-all and end-all of knowledge. To believe science has all the answers is, at best, an incomplete idea. Science seeks to find answers…because it doesn’t have them all. But it offers a glimmer of hope that, if the right evidence is presented, it will accept new evidence. So we need to look for our own answers too. And we also need to understand that a person’s education doesn’t make them more right or more often right than anyone with less education.

But there’s one other very important point to make here. To all those who don’t believe because they’re depending on science to tell them what to believe, there is plenty of evidence of the existence of bigfoot. Compelling evidence. But you have to be willing to look at it and entertain the idea that the legendary creature might actually be real. **********DF

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!

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