Degrees of Separation

All too often I come across reports about Bigfoot where they are linked with supernatural phenomena.  I find myself, time and again, asking myself why this is.  Truth be told, I think there are a few simple explanations for this.  While sometimes it is malice that motivates these connections, there are times when it is simply misunderstanding, zeal, or, and forgive the term, ignorance that causes the link.

Whether it is UFOs, ghosts, faeries, demons, ghost lights, or any other of a dozen outdoor phenomena, in eleven years of research, I have yet to find any evidence that would lead me to connect them in any way with Bigfoot.  I do understand, however, that it is the same root curiosity that makes people want to investigate, learn about, and try to explain all of these things.

When it comes to UFOs, could it be simply that Bigfoot, like us, just wonders what the strange light in the sky is?  The reports of Bigfoot being seen in the same area as ghost lights and spirits is pretty easy to get around as well.  Bigfoot can’t control, any more than we can, where these lights appear or where specters choose to manifest.  Just because you live in a haunted house does not mean that you are connected with ghosts, that you brought them there, or that they brought you there.

While I am far from a closed minded individual, I do believe that there need to be degrees of separation between our mysteries.  After all, if you want to use the logic that is being used in connecting the different things, couldn’t it be said that since Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster are never seen in the same place at the same time then they are one in the same.  Sounds pretty foolish.  So do the other connections.

Why does it have to be the least logical connection that we make?  Why can’t we keep our phenomena separate?  The simplest explanation is most often the right explanation.

Many times such claims are made by people who are fairly new to the field of Bigfoot research.  Once they have had their first encounter or sighting of Bigfoot and now believe, they often want to attribute every strange thing they see or hear to Bigfoot.  If you were standing in the woods and you heard an owl hoot, chances are, nine times out of ten, it was an owl.  While it is commonly believed in the field that Bigfoot mimics other animals, if it can be explained as another animal, then it should be left at that.

Claims have been made that people feel as if bigfoot has “zapped” them with some sort of ultrasound or infrasound; I’m not really sure which one or why.  I have to pass this one off as something a little simpler to explain.  It is most likely that you did not in fact get “zapped” by the Bigfoot tazer of fear and nausea.  You got “zapped” by your own fear of not knowing what you are dealing with and your feelings of being outmatched or overwhelmed by the encounter.  Fear is a powerful thing and can certainly cause feelings of nausea and shaking hands.

Most often, I think these connections are made out of a person’s lack of other explanations due to ignorance of the subject matter.  A person sees a UFO in the wilderness and ten minutes later sees Bigfoot.  That does not mean that Bigfoot came out of the UFO.  All it means is that the UFO was spotted in the woods, which is Bigfoot’s home.  Would they have made the same connection if they spotted a UFO and then a deer ran past them?  If a UFO is spotted in downtown Miami and ten minutes later you see a drag queen round the corner from the direction the UFO went, it does not mean that the drag queen is from Meklar 12.  It just means that the UFO was spotted on the same block as the drag queen’s apartment.

Another motivation that has shown itself over the years is a person’s need to be the center of attention, whether it be because they want people to come research their area more often so they can have the company, or because they want to attain a certain amount of notoriety.  Sometimes, when activity hits a low or has slowed down to the point that interest is lost the person feels the need add onto what is already an amazing story.  What they do not realize is that most of the time this will end interest in the investigation all together.  In my eyes, as in the eyes of most in this field, this is a hoax, plain and simple and we will do everything in our power to distance ourselves from the person(s) involved.

The other motivation is the classic liar and hoaxer.  This person wants nothing more than to be in the media spotlight and to have the biggest, wildest story out there.  You see them every day in this line of research and those of us that have been doing this for any amount of time can’t stand them.  We would rather watch a dung beetle special on one of the nature channels than to watch a documentary that has them as a guest.  These people are the snake oil doctors who push their poison on people who don’t know any better and it gives the rest of us, those who actually take our research seriously, a bad name.

Whatever the motivation, the end result is the same.  In a field where a person’s reputation is everything and their word is their bond, you cannot lump them together and expect to be taken seriously by anyone.  In eleven years of research I have seen a lot of unexplained things in the woods, but my first explanation for everything is not and cannot be Bigfoot.  You have to look for the simplest answer in all cases.  Coyote yips are coyotes.  Owl hoots are owls.  Dog barks are dogs.  Unless you see a Bigfoot barking, hooting, or yipping, or you see it climb onto a UFO and shake hands with the ghost of Elvis, it probably is not Bigfoot.

When you are left unable to answer the question of the source or reason for an encounter, sighting, noise, track, or anything else, don’t give it an answer.  Some questions need to linger.  It is not so much our jobs to come up with answer as it is to gather the evidence and present it in an unbiased manner.  As with most things, it all comes down to motivation.  What motivates your research?  What motivates your conclusions?  Was your mind made up before you began the research?

Chad Scott

Published in: on May 14, 2010 at 2:02 am  Leave a Comment  

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