Confessions of a Reluctant Skeptic

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Me, searching the woods…see what I did there?

 

If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time it should be abundantly clear that I am , in fact, a skeptic when it comes to much of the banter that revolves around the subject of Sasquatch.

I certainly don’t think I am unreasonable when it comes to the specific topics fueling this less than trusting attitude.

If you’ve not read much of the (note; if you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all...) ridiculousnessnonsenseconjecture surrounding the creature that is Sasquatch, you really are doing yourself a disservice.

This stuff gets good.

There’s no need for me to re-hash that here (I’ve written extensively about it here and here)

Let’s just say, nothing is surprising anymore.

However, with all of that being said, I don’t always like my skeptical nature…

This particular post is much less science in tone and much more personal, so please forgive the slight detour from my normal subject matter. As a side-note, it’s rather short so even if you don’t like it, your suffering will be short lived…

 

I want to believe…

Although this blog has a relatively small audience at this point, I’ve had my fair share of criticisms for, well, being too critical (You’d think they’d read the tag line and know what they were getting themselves into).

Most people are surprised at the response they receive when they do send something pointing out my skeptical nature.

“Contrary to popular belief I (and most other skeptics don’t want to be skeptical….”

Seriously. It’s true…

Having a skeptical lean is hard.

It can be downright annoying.

Among many things, certain parts of being skeptical are just downright unpleasant, such as…

It’s hard to make friends (insert frowney face emoji here…)

As someone who looks at the subject with a skeptical eye, friends become few and far between within the bigfoot community.

People want someone to exchange fantastical stories with. It’s the old “gather round the campfire” scenario. A constant game of “I’ll see your encounter story and raise you an alien abduction and a bigfoot habituation…”

If you’re not willing to play that game, friends are hard to come by round these parts.

To most, skepticism equals disbelief…

As soon as you start pointing out fallacies in a story, statistical improbabilities, or even impossibilities, you are are automatically thrown into the “non-believer” column.

Ironically, my skepticism has lead to me having to defend my belief in the possibility of the existence of Sasquatch more often than not.

To much of the community, if you do not accept everything as absolute fact, you don’t believe.

Baby, meet bathwater, you’re both going for a ride…

I’ll be the first to tell you that I simply cannot, in good conscious, accept the existence of bigfoot (as much as I want to) until a body surfaces (by natural or other means) and/or irrefutable DNA evidence is brought forth.

Having said that, nowhere have I ever said that I do not believe in the distinct possibility of the existence of these creatures.

Heck, I would even say probable existence.

Sadly, that’s not good enough.

I hate being labeled as “close minded”.

But, if accepting everything as truth with no questions asked is “open”…

Consider me closed.

I’ve got way less researchers to follow…

This could be looked at as a positive or negative, honestly.

Truth be told, most researchers look at bigfoot in a very critical, scientific way.

Unfortunately, those researchers don’t make a lot of noise.

The ones that do?

Those who claim to have habituation sites.

Those who claim to have seen hundreds of “Sas” over the course of their lifetime.

The ones who say they saw bigfoot appear out of thin air, or emerge from a UFO…

or a Mini Cooper…

Those with the fantastic stories tend to be the ones who are looking for attention.

They are the ones who will appear on podcast after podcast, television show after television show, pimping their “guided” bigfoot experience.

Recounting the first time they encountered a Sasquatch…

and the fourth time…

the eleventh time…

and the thirty sixth time…

They are the ones who have “all the evidence they need” to prove the existence of Sasquatch.

They just don’t want to share it.

You know, they don’t “do this” for the fame.

They don’t have any desire to make millions of dollars being the first to actually prove the existence of these creatures.

No way.

Their cause is a noble one.

Just podcast interviews and a fan page.

(Whew…there went a tangent if I’ve ever seen one…)

So sorry, I digress…

Legitimate researchers, who make themselves available in the public eye, are not easy to find. 

This means, of course, that my reading/listening material is extremely limited in regards to things that don’t make me want to pull my hair out and quit the internetz…

Alas…I cannot change…

Even with very few “bigfoot” friends, several rather scathing e-mails, and an ever shortening stack of non-ridiculous bigfoot books to read…

No, no matter the trials and tribulations that my skeptical nature brings upon me, I could never be anything but.

I am not a believer.

I am certainly not a “knower”

But I have been, am, and will always be a reluctant skeptic and most of all…

a “hoper“…

Thanks for reading,

Adam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 thoughts on “Confessions of a Reluctant Skeptic

  1. Skepticism is in my opinion the only logical approach to this subject. The problem is that in the Bigfoot community, the word “skeptic” has baggage, like other words that happen to be tied to emotionally charged subjects, such as “liberal” and “conservative.” Many people who purport to be Bigfoot skeptics are nothing of the kind. They’re not skeptics in the sense that they are withholding an opinion until all the information is evaluated; they’re just parade-rainers. It’s unfortunately a poorly understood word, and it irks me, too. Anyway, nice post.

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  2. Adam! As a resident of SE Tennessee as well I was shocked to find another searcher in the Chattanooga area. I live just north of ‘Nooga and am very involved in researching this subject and I became a Knower about two years ago. I have access to several habituation sites that would satisfy your curiosity for certain. I am actually taking the next step now asking different questions since I have “seen the light”. I am just beginning a year long project based out of Tennessee where I will catalog the differences and similarities at three geographically separate habituation sites. Love to have you involved.

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  3. A few years ago I was on a certain forum where someone pose the question have you ever thought you might have possibly encountered Bigfoot. I went through my memories. I used to work in the woods a lot doing archaeology. I worked in over a dozen states East and West Coast and never actually encountered anything resembling Bigfoot but I did remember something that happened to me in California. Something was throwing pinecones at me. The truth is I believe that it was squirrels because in California there is a species of ground squirrel which is rather cunning but I presented it is if it could’ve been a bigfoot. I swear that after I made that post that I heard a lot of accounts from various people claiming that Bigfoot threw pinecones at them I don’t believe any of them. I like you want to believe I never said expressed my skepticism but if I had been frank I would’ve made some enemies.

    Well put.

    PS: I found you via into the fray

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    • Gabrielle,

      Thank you so much for commenting.

      It is incredibly refreshing to hear of someone else who doesn’t take absolutely everything that happens to them in the woods as sasquatch in origin.

      I find it difficult to be skeptical and hopeful at the same time. You are either one or the other to most people who peruse bigfoot forums, facebook pages, etc.

      Hopefully, the more critical among us can slowly make in impact in the community, however ridiculous that community tends to be 😉

      Adam

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    • Hey Gabrielle!

      So sorry it has taken me so long to respond! I swear that comment posting is delayed for whatever reason. I checked this article for comments and somehow never saw yours!

      That’s a very interesting account regarding the squirrels and pinecones.

      It’s so refreshing to hear that you didn’t immediately jump to the bigfoot “conclusion”. Most people would have gone that direction without a second thought.

      You’re also very right that skepticism is looked at in such a negative light, when in reality, a healthy amount of skepticism is absolutely required to have the scientific community even take a glance in our bigfoot-direction.

      Being a skeptic, to me at least, is very frustrating. Glad you found the site and I’d love to hear from you again.

      Adam

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    • Clint!

      Thank you so much. Really glad you enjoyed it. I had a great time talking to Shannon.

      I’m an avid listener of OK Talk and am honored that you’d visit my little blog 😉

      Be well, man! Let me know if you ever want to chat. I’m always down to talk.

      Adam

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  4. Don’t worry Adam, this is exactly how I feel as well. I often get annoyed with myself that I’m still into this subject after so many years. I feel that I should have cast it off like other childish things, but It almost seems to haunt me and I seem as fascinated now as I ever was. ‘Hoper’ is a good term. The folks that treat Sasquatchery as a religion annoy me. Any field of scientific or zoological enquiry should not require ‘belief’; I fail to see why the search for this creature need be any different. Good luck with your blog and don’t get deflated – it’s possible even a silent minority hold your view.

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    • Thank you so much for your comment. It can definitely feel “childish” at times to hold onto what seems far-fetched notions of a large, bipedal, creature lurking in the woods.

      It is incredibly refreshing to read a comment such as yours and know that there are others who are looking at this from a reasonable perspective and enjoy the subject just as much.

      Adam

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      • Lots of interesting discussion here! I’m reminded of a speech I saw Dr. Meldrum give recently in which he expressed his displeasure that books about sasquatch are categorized in the “paranormal” or “new age” sections of the bookstore and library rather than in “zoology.” Don’t get me wrong, I have a love of the paranormal as well, but I believe the insistence of some people using paranormal justifications for sasquatch is one of the biggest reasons that marginalizes the subject in the public eye. The lines between theory and fact can get jumbled up pretty quick in the bigfoot community.

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