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By Daniel Loxton

Throughout our background, people were captivated through mythic beasts and mythical creatures. stories of Bigfoot, the Yeti, and the Loch Ness monster are a part of our collective event. Now comes a publication from devoted investigators that explores and elucidates the attention-grabbing international of cryptozoology.

Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero have written an enjoyable, academic, and definitive textual content on cryptids, providing the arguments either for and opposed to their life and systematically demanding the pseudoscience that perpetuates their myths. After interpreting the character of technology and pseudoscience and their relation to cryptozoology, Loxton and Prothero tackle Bigfoot; the Yeti, or Abominable Snowman, and its cross-cultural incarnations; the Loch Ness monster and its hugely publicized sightings; the evolution of the nice Sea Serpent; and Mokele Mbembe, or the Congo dinosaur. They finish with an research of the psychology in the back of the continual trust in paranormal phenomena, picking out the key gamers in cryptozoology, discussing the nature of its culture, and contemplating the problem it poses to transparent and significant pondering in our more and more complicated world.

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With their attention focused on counting the passes, a majority of people are unable to correctly perceive what happens right in front of their eyes. The “inattentional blindness” effect, which renders the gorilla invisible, is just one of many ways in which eyewitness perception may critically fail. As A. Leo Levin and Harold Kramer put it, “Eyewitness testimony is, at best, evidence of what the witness believes to have occurred. It may or may not tell what actually happened. ”31 Consequently, court systems around the world are undergoing reform as DNA evidence has revealed case after case of eyewitness testimony that resulted in a wrongful conviction.

Prothero, Donald R. II. Title. 944—dc23 2013008424 A Columbia University Press E-book. edu. org. References to Internet Web sites (URLs) were accurate at the time of writing. Neither the authors nor Columbia University Press is responsible for URLs that may have expired or changed since the manuscript was prepared. THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED TO Ronald Binns, David Daegling, Benjamin Radford, Joe Nickell, Blake Smith, Karen Stollznow, Darren Naish, Sharon Hill, Matt Crowley, and all the brave skeptics who have blazed the trail of scientific inquiry in cryptozoology despite the tremendous cultural pressures to follow the crowd and give in to easy answers CONTENTS Foreword by Michael Shermer Preface Acknowledgments CRYPTOZOOLOGY REAL SCIENCE OR PSEUDOSCIENCE?

39 In a court of law, that is considered leading the witness and it is not allowed, since this practice often biases the testimony or plants a suggestion in the mind of the witness. Thus “witnesses” may claim to have seen any animal that remotely resembles that being sought. What is the proper scientific approach to eyewitness testimony? As we have seen, most scientists give it very little weight unless there is strong physical evidence to support it. ” WHAT IS A CRYPTID? 41 Because of his reputation as an early major figure in the field, Heuvelmans is sometimes thought to have coined the term “cryptozoology” himself.

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