By Nick Redfern June 04, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Cryptids and Material Proof
Let us address this issue of the lack of actual hard evidence for what is now developing into a menagerie of large cryptids. First off, reaching into the nether world for a phantom expression of human imagination and desire is a cop out that attempts t explain one apparent implausibility with an outright impossibility and besides it is totally unnecessary.
Every cryptoid I have so far evaluated fits naturally into a definable ecological niche. In fact the niche is often huge and the open question is to ask why there are not more of them in evidence. Even that is easily answered by observing the clear nocturnal nature of all of them. What is noticeable is that they are becoming somewhat more relaxed in our presence. We have stopped shooting first and asking questions later as was the case up to perhaps fifty years ago.
The issue of why we have not run a few down is answered by observing that tens of thousands of cougars exist and we never run them down. In fact, was it not for the fact that dogs are able to run them down and tree them, they would be as elusive as the Bigfoot. Small animals are vulnerable to been run down, but large animals retaining good situational awareness have no risk, unlike a few stupid humans staggering down the road after a night at the pub.
The other obvious cryptids are typically aerial and nocturnal and the problem is worsened by an order of magnitude.
Even more important, most of these creatures represent fairly circumscribed populations. While we have thousands of sturgeon and from that hundreds of full sized specimens, we still are lucky to spot a real corpse every few years. Draw then from a population a tenth of that and we are waiting a century or so.
If the population of Bigfoot is as low as some think, then the body recovered back in the late nineteenth century in BC is as good as it gets. Regardless, Bigfoot has been spotted thousands of times, usually in close proximity to roads and quite adept at not getting run over. More recently though, a tuff of fur was snagged on a fence in circumstances confirming provenance and initial DNA work is conforming to expectations. It too is waiting serious funding.
If we are never going to get the body to be displayed as a stuffed critter, than the genome may do the trick.
The hard evidence to date for most of this is in the form of long look sees at the creatures who then struggle to describe what they see. As few as three or four such events is often enough to winnow out a clear picture. The Chupacabra has so far yielded about three excellent eye ball reports, enough to recognize a pterodactyl descended vampire reptile we could never have imagined possible but is clearly possible.
Monsters and Proof
By Nick Redfern June 04, 2011
People often ask me: When will we finally have proof for the existence of Bigfoot, the Loch
Ness Monster, the
Chupacabra and the absolute menagerie of additional strange beasts alleged to
lurk in the darker and wilder parts of our world? But when people ask that
question, what many of them they really want to know is this: When will we have
proof that Bigfoot is a giant ape, and the creatures of Loch Ness
represent a surviving, relic population of plesiosaurs?
And that’s the problem we have when it comes to securing proof: If Bigfoot is just a large, unclassified ape then we would surely have secured the evidence in support of such a scenario by now. It’s the same with Nessie: where are the bodies?
If there’s one thing that all of the many and varied creatures that fall under the banner of Cryptozoology have in common – whether it’s Sasquatch, lake-monsters, the aforementioned Chupacabra, werewolves, sea-serpents, Mothman, the Yeti, the Jersey Devil and countless more – it’s their overwhelming, eerie elusiveness.
Bigfoot never, ever gets hit by a car and expires on the road, smashed to a bloody pulp. There are countless reports on record where people claim to have shot at Bigfoot, only for the bullets to have no effect whatsoever. Footprints vanish in the snow, as if the creature itself has vanished too – and I do mean literally vanished.
As for the beasts of Scotland’s most famous loch: a number of significant reports exist where people have tried to photograph the beasts, only for their cameras to malfunction or for the photographs to come out fogged.
It is issues like this that, probably 15 or more years ago now, made me utterly give up on the idea that the monsters of our world are simply animals that science has yet to identify, classify, and confirm in terms of their existence. The stark reality of the situation is that there is something very strange about all the sundry strange beasts out there. Their elusiveness is taken to ridiculous levels. No other animal on the planet has the ability to remain hidden from society – and never captured or identified – in the way that Bigfoot does.
In other words, no matter whether the location is the huge forests of the Pacific Northwest, the wild waters of Scotland, the Himalayas, the El Yunque rain-forest of Puerto Rico, or the depths of the oceans, history has demonstrated that each and every single attempt to secure physical evidence of the monsters in question has ended in nothing but complete failure. Or, if some form of evidence is found, it’s never, ever proven to be 100 percent conclusive. It always languishes in a drawer marked “Maybe.”
Of course, the skeptic might state that the reason why we have demonstrably failed to find even one Bigfoot corpse, a bit of Nessie DNA, or the claw of a Chupacabra is because these entities and the rest of their motley ilk are merely borne out of folklore, mythology, camp-fire tales, hoaxing and misidentification.
I most certainly don’t dispute the fact that there are cases out there that do indeed fall into the very categories I describe directly above. But, there is also a solid body of very strong and highly credible eyewitness testimony relative to encounters with unknown animals – from just about every part of our planet.
But, I have come to believe that none of these “things” are what they appear to be. They look real. They appear flesh-and-blood-like. Yet, everything about them practically screams out: “Apparition! Phantom! Ghostly!”
One theory that I have a great deal of time for is that which suggests the majority of crypto-creatures are Tulpas. In essence, Tulpas – for those like me who believe in them, of course – are entities borne out of the depths of the human imagination. Their creation goes something like this: Tonight, when the skies are dark and the wind howls, lie down, and focus your mind on the image of a monstrous, glowing-eyed wolf. Nurture that image in your mind for days, for weeks even. Imagine the animal surfacing from the heart of your mind, and then striding right out into the real world.
The something extraordinary happens. A few weeks later, your local newspaper reports an astonishing story: In the nearby woods, someone has seen a huge wolf-like animal with blazing red eyes. The beast – the Tulpa – that you have worked so hard to create in your mind now has a semblance of quasi-reality. You have given birth to a mind-monster. And it’s on the loose, very happy that it now has a foothold – albeit a somewhat precarious and ethereal one – in our world.
And how do Tulpas sustain their existence? They feed on high-states of human emotion. Perhaps that’s why people see Bigfoot. If Bigfoot doesn’t ensure people see it – and those people are not rendered into a high state of shock, fear, anxiety or excitement – then it has nothing to mentally feed upon. The result: Its strange existence begins to unravel and it becomes less and less physical, more and more phantom-like, until it finally winks out into nothingness.
Until, that is, the unconscious, ancient affinity that we all have – and that we have all had since the first ancient humanoid called a cave his home – with spooky woods, sinister and dark lakes and lochs, mysterious jungles, and the monsters we like to think lurk within, causes us to provoke the creation of yet more such monsters. Thus, the cycle continues and a new Bigfoot, Yeti, or Chupacabra, appears.
So, back to the first paragraph of this article: How do we secure proof that crypto-creatures do exist? The stark reality of the situation is that proof may be impossible to obtain – because there may be nothing tangible to find. That doesn’t mean people aren’t seeing anything. They most assuredly are. But, I will leave you with this question: How do we secure evidence for the existence of something that may, essentially, be an externalized, ethereal life-form created by one of the strangest mysteries of all time, the human brain?
Nick Redfern is the author of many books on unsolved mysteries, including the newly-published, The Real Men in Black.