Why UFO, Ghost and Bigfoot Enthusiasts Are So Hard to Believe, Arguments For and Against

by on May 5, 2011

in bruce's thoughts

Bigfoot or SasquatchSo why are UFO, ghost and Bigfoot enthusiasts so hard to take serious these days?

One of the largest romantic premises of our modern era is the belief or desire to believe, by some or many, of the existence of Bigfoot or that UFOs are real, have visited us or have kidnapped and/or experimented on us.  We have some great documentary and fictional works on the Bigfoot and UFO phenomenology.

D.B. Sweeney gave us an awesome look at Travis Walton’s experience in the movie Fire in the SkyJodie Foster played the scientist who was also questioned about her experience in the 1997 movie Contact.

Ghosts are in so many different movies that it’s become a popular subject matter throughout, though on some television series that go looking for ghosts, they seem to have an awful lot of luck encountering what could possibly be spectral entities.  One of my scariest ghost movies include Paranormal Activity (both) and the 1982 movie, The Entity, starring Barbara Hershey.  Wow, that was a real humdinger with an ending that cements the entire movie experience!

Bigfoot… that’s an all together different matter also, but very little has been created around this legend of the giant herbivore.  Unless you count some of the movies that have come across the Syfy channel.  There were some attempts at looking the subject over in shows like In Search Of and A&E’s Ancient Mysteries and the 1972 flick, The Legend of Boggy Creek.  But sadly, TV “documentaries” has to sensationalize things and I come away disappointed most times from these shows.  The last stupid-ass show I saw, they were baiting camera traps with sides of beef for Sasquatch.  I didn’t stick around for the rest of their noise.

But there are times that some of the enthusiasts do so much more harm than good that it is ridiculous!

UFOs

UFO live sighting map from MUFONI forget the man’s name, but back in the early 80’s this guy had an incredible radio program dedicated to UFOs.  Then suddenly, one day, he said that there are too many folks dilluting the process of trying to study the subject seriously and quit.  It was a shame, but I get it.

(The section header image was a live map on Tuesday, 5/4/11, midday, of UFO sighting reports.)

I’ve seen it myself. As a younger man I had subscribed to a UFO magazine and one day a huge “inside source” piece came out saying that someone that worked in a specific facility in a desert location, confessed to all the UFO tech he was working on in that facility.  It seemed incredibly legit.  But the pictures in the article, supposedly of the facility this “expert” employee said he worked at, was of a facility I had personal knowledge of.  And their article, as exciting as it sounded, was nothing but a huge piece of fantasy, or more to the point, a crock of s***!

That wasn’t the last time I’ve known of fabricated stories about facilities that were labelled as secret UFO facilities.  More supposed experts or people in-the-know pointing to a facility they say they know information about, and they really don’t know Jack.  In other words, give me a break!

I remember when I became totally disenchanted with the Discovery Channel, while I was watching a show about UFOs.  They had footage of something whizzing by a space capsule window that was in orbti and Stacy Keach went to town questioning what intelligence was behind the thing floating by.  But they didn’t mention that the footage was that of one of the 8,000 items in orbit around the Earth, the dirt and debris that is out there or that it could have been some of the nuts and bolts and gloves that are floating around up there.  Again, TV sensationalizing an event to help their cause.

Between the fabrication of fact from the magazines and trusted TV shows yanking my chain, I started looking upon the core of Ufology with a discerning eye.  I started to understand that if anyone HAD a government security clearance, they would never talk about what they’ve seen.  Period.  What’s the point?  They can’t talk about what they know.

So my mind, about UFOs, remains open, but to what I’ve seen and not what I read.  There are too many hubcaps in the air as far as I’m concerned and it’s a shame.

Bigfoot

Bigfoot locations map from BFROIn high school, I was a Bigfoot enthusiast and would snip out newspaper articles on Bigfoot sightings and mark a map I had kept, dedicated to the subject.

For me, all I saw was that back then, sightings slowly and gradually were moving northward, up along the state of California and into Washington.  This migration of sightings seemed to be severely interrupted when Mt. Saint Helens erupted and suddenly the pattern stopped.

Mt St HelensI have no clue if there was a small tribe of these creatures that were moving north and having camped on the volcano, met their demise, or if human curiosity with the unknown was severely interrupted by the catastrophe that distracted our attention.

But I have to say that the way sightings have spread out in every direction to the point that we’re “seeing” the creatures in every state of these United States doesn’t seem to jive with what I once thought I surmised about these creatures.  And every state?  I am dubious that this kind of creature can be in every state and not have been hit by a car or captured on film… in a steady sort of picture… not the blurry kind!

As far as footprint sightings go, I have to get pretty dubious!

Bear Print from pelotes_jea_com

Black Bear Print

If you look at bear tracks you can see how close they can be to other mythical tracks.  It’s a bit of a disappointment really.

Monster Cat, Bear or Moose? - Bruce pic 1980 bTracks can be deceiving.  In this image to the right, that footprint showed up in my front yard in Maine.  I was playing with my dog, went in the house for less than two minutes, heard the dog go stark raving mad and barking at something.  I came out and this print showed up.  This huge monster walked by the end of my house, across the driveway, past the dog and his dog house and across the street in two minutes and I never saw a thing. (My back yard is over 1/2 a mile of field too.)

If you’re wondering what the print is, it does look pretty scary… but it’s not bear and it’s not cat.  (That’s my hand next to the print and I’m 6’2″.)  What that is, is moose.  The tracks of its front and back feet overlapped and it changed directions in mid-stride right there, at the dog house, where I could see the odd looking print.

This is how nature can easily confuse us.  I’ve been in the region north of Willow Creek, CA and thought I’ve had an encounter, but hey, seriously?

Ghosts

I don’t know what to say about this one.  Too many shows try to take advantage of our imaginations and that’s fine.  That’s what TV is about, engaging our imaginations and making us say “wow,” with an occasional interjection of truth of an experience to base the events off of.

I won’t deny the existence of ghosts.  I’ve heard my grandfather cough from his room in the house in Maine… a few years after he died.  I’ve watched my grandmothers’ hair brush fall towards her, off a window sill that had a pretty good ledge to it.

I’ve even had a few events happen that have absolutely no explanation as to why or how the event happened, with the possible exception of an intervention by someone looking out for me or EXTREMELY lucky timing of muscle spasms in my body to keep me from getting killed.  I’d like to think that my grandfather has always been looking out for me.

So I may have more personal leverage in this category to believe.

I Want To Believe

The X-FILES

I would not mind believing.  I really wouldn’t.  But I’ve seen how some enthusiasts outright lie to make their points.  That makes it very hard to believe in a lot of it.

Since that first big UFO sighting by Kenneth Arnold in 1947 to the totally trashed moment of Roswell and the noise around Area 51, it is very hard to filter out what could be to what isn’t.

From that first huge Bigfoot sighting north of Willow Creek, CA in 1967, it took off from there.

Ghosts, well, are ghosts… good luck catching or having one step up and taking an interview.  They’re too busy chasing people out of their homes.

My problem, even with my own experiences is that they can all be explained away rather easily with conventional reasons.  In fact, in order to try and believe and prove, it only does your cause good if at first you try to understand how to disprove your most fervent hope.  Look for the real-world explanations first.  No matter how flukey they are.

In the mean time, as long as some folks are thinning out the reports with their noise, we will never be able to settle these issues until a huge flying saucer lands on the White House lawn, Bigfoot gets out and his ghost butler is carrying his suitcases for him.

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Sites that I believe, are the best of their sectors…  There may be others, but these I know.

UFO:  http://www.mufon.com/
Bigfoot:  http://www.bfro.net/

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Peter Cawdron November 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I think you’ve hit the nail on the head with your example of the moose print and the classic “I want to believe” poster. These things exist because we want them to, not because they’re really there.

We live in a world ruled by the laws of physics, chemistry, biology, etc. If any of these mythical things are real, they’ll be subject to those laws and so will be measurable and detectable. Given the astounding reach of modern science, from being able to image individual atoms out to galaxies 12 billion light years away, the odds are against UFOs, Bigfoot and ghosts. If evidence does come to light, wonderful, but we can’t believe in these things just because we want to 🙂

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