Bigfoot and bullshit

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Jared Alesi's picture
Bigfoot and bullshit

I've come to the conclusion that everything is either a myth or science when it comes to stuff like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness monster. Either Bigfoot is fake and we spend forever searching for him, or he's real and gets classified and identified by taxonomy as just another rare creature. Did nobody ever think that far ahead? And seriously, what about old Nessie? We've used sonar to map that entire lake. You'd think it was about time to give up the ghost. But ultimately, why hype up the myth? It's not like Bigfoot or any other hypothesized creature is of much immediate importance, and if they've evaded detection this long they're probably not real.

I can understand t the desire to hype up a god, however. Because generally we can only have this god revealed once we're dead or it's come back to destroy the world. No scrutiny allowed. Not only that, but those myths are profitable. But why Bigfoot? He's pointless!

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arakish's picture
Because he is so much fun to

Because he is so much fun to be around. ;)

Some people want something to believe in besides us?


chimp3's picture
Follow the money! Bigfoot and

Follow the money! Bigfoot and Loch Ness Monster bring tourist dollars to small communities that do not have much else to answer.

David Killens's picture
In such examples, there is

In such examples, there is very circumstantial evidence that *maybe* something is going on.

In the case of Bigfoot, there are multiple names attached to a creature that may be of the same species, in different parts of the world. The description is the same for different names and locations, of a large, hairy, muscular, bipedal ape-like creature, roughly 6–9 feet (1.8–2.7 m), covered in hair described as black, dark brown, or dark reddish.

Yeti and Bigfoot share similar descriptions, and based on our history of the movement of mankind, we cannot rule out that some weird creature followed the same path as early human explorers when they crossed the land bridge between Asia and Alaska. I do understand that such proof and speculation is incredibly weak.

I do believe that the probability that such a creature is alive is incredibly slim. But, and this is a big but, there may have been such a creature, now extinct. So in the interests of science my case file is inactive, but still open.

I spent two years of my military service in the Pacific Northwest area involved in search and rescue. And I have been deep into the woods. Trust me, if someone wants to hide, they can.

CyberLN's picture
I captured big foot and

I captured big foot and turned him into a quilt.


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ʝօɦռ 6IX ɮʀɛɛʐʏ's picture
Back in November the New

Back in November the New Yorker had an article which I found interesting

Fantastic Beasts and How to Rank Them: The relative plausibility of impossible beings tells you a lot about how the mind works.

It gives you a curious sense into how the mind can work with abstract concepts. Why, for instance, does Bigfoot seem more likely to be real than a leprechaun, even though both are equally mythical.

chimp3's picture
Money, personal fame, self

Money, personal fame, self satisfaction in convincing others. Leprechauns are too far removed in time. There is video of Bigfoot.

Old man shouts at clouds's picture
@ Breezy

@ Breezy
Why, for instance, does Jesus seem more likely to be real than a leprechaun, even though both are equally mythical. And have equally the numbers of witnesses?

Sushisnake's picture
Maybe because the leprechaun

Maybe because the leprechaun legends are about its interactions with human beings while Bigfoot is believed to shun human beings? If leprechauns were real, you'd expect modern day interactions with them- they don’t happen, so leprechauns aren’t real. We don't expect interactions with Bigfoot, or even sightings, so people can believe in it.

CyberLN's picture
Jane Goodall is open to the

Jane Goodall is open to the possible existence of bigfoot.

Sky Pilot's picture
Jared Alesi,

Jared Alesi,

"...and if they've evaded detection this long they're probably not real."

If you can't find their shit or discover what they're eating then they aren't real.

Tin-Man's picture
Uh, HELLOOOO!!! I'm not sure

Uh, HELLOOOO!!! I'm not sure why everybody thinks it's so difficult to find or believe in Bigfoot. Haven't any of you ever seen his latest commercials? Duh!

curtisabass's picture
Am I the only one who found

Am I the only one who found these commercials incredibly offensive?

Jared Alesi's picture
In what way?

In what way?

Cognostic's picture
No! Bigfoot is just as

No! Bigfoot is just as profitable as any religion. Tourist traps, guides, books, souvenirs, videos, donations to the search parties, and a whole lot more. There is an entire Bigfoot industry out there. It does not actually matter if Bigfoot is real or not. As long as the money is rolling in the rumors will continue.

Bad news about the Loch Ness Monster. The lake is just not old enough to have a prehistoric animal in it. The scientific community regards the Loch Ness Monster as a phenomenon without biological basis, explaining sightings as hoaxes, wishful thinking, and the faulty identification of mundane objects.

1) There hasn't been a single convincing sighting of "Nessie"
2) If Nessie did exist, Loch Ness wouldn't be big enough to sustain it.
3) Loch Ness is also too cold for a reptile to inhabit
4) The Loch Ness is not old enough to have a dinosaur in it.

Like Bigfoot, if there were not money in the telling of the story, Nessy would have died off a hundred years ago. The lake for 70 years and nothing worth its weight in evidence has ever been found.

algebe's picture
Back in the 1970s a Japanese

Back in the 1970s a Japanese fishing boat hauled up what appeared to be a plesiosaurus of the coast of New Zealand's South Island. They photographed it, but threw the actual animal over the side. Experts later concluded it was the decaying body of a large ray or something similar, but at the time it started a big "Plessie" boom.

I was hired as the interpreter for a team from a Japanese TV channel that wanted to make a program about this "living dinosaur". Of course, they needed underwater footage, but the location of the find was about 200 miles out in the Pacific. They didn't want the expense of a maritime expedition, so they asked me to take them to the nearest deep lake. We hired a diver, who went plesiosaurus hunting in a lake about 100 miles from Christchurch. The program was a big success.

Nessie, Plessie, Yeti, Bigfoot, and Jesus are all evidence of one thing: Bullshit sells.

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