Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Bigfoot Abides

It's official, the georgia bigfoot body is indeed a hoax. Steven Kulls was granted permission by Tom Biscardi to perform an examination of the body and the results were clear. As the ice melted first the hair was exposed, which melted rather than burned, then the face, which felt hollow, then the feet... "I began examining this area near the feet, I observed the foot which looked unnatural, reached in and confirmed it was a rubber foot."
and the bell tolls.
the following text is from www.searchingforbigfoot.com

"Later that day, Tom Biscardi informed us that both Matthew Whitton and Ricky Dyer admitted it was a costume. They reportedly agreed to sign a promissory note and admission of what they had done, and set a meeting in their hotel room in California for 8AM on August 17th, 2008.

At that time I drew up the documents for Mr. Biscardi. On August 17th, 2008 Tom Biscardi went to the hotel where Dyer and Whitton were staying and found that they had left. At this time action is being instigated against the perpetrators of this fraud. Tom Biscardi asked us to contact you, the press, and share all that we have discovered."

this is not a surprising outcome.

I think what interests me about sasquatch is that it is a phenomenon that challenges our notion of the nature of reality. A side effect of this hoax story was a mild rash of "debunking the bigfoot myth" slideshows and articles that cropped up in the popular science press. Science has this amazing ability to be simultaneously engaged in discovering new things about the universe while denying that it could in any way be different from what they have already discovered. Ultimately I think that the methods of science are only adept at describing a particular facet of the universe, as in the types of questions you ask will always effect the answers you get. So when these skeptics attempt to use the scientific method to address something as mercurial as bigfoot there's this heuristic dissonance that immediately becomes clear, it's like saying god doesn't exist because we haven't found his body and there's no positive control for the DNA samples. maybe we just lack the right telescope? Here's a quote from the previously linked slideshow...

"For Radford and other skeptics, the only acceptable standard of proof is the scientific one. Why, when there are countless researchers probing the far corners of every continent, is there no rigorous, documented, peer-reviewed evidence for Bigfoot? Only one answer makes sense, says Radford: Bigfoot isn't real."

as in it's only through the process of collecting, analyzing, and publishing observations that reality can be created. The world is literally born through the womb of science, forged in the bowels of the lab, crafted by the rigorous protocols of the scientist cum creator, as though there existed only a nameless gray void prior to the catalog and order of science.

and while I have no proof that sasquatch exists, and I really never expect a body to be found or these sort of godawful bigfoot hunters to turn up anything but a few easily duped humans, I still believe in the oddness and rugosity of the universe and that there is a great well of unknown that exists as a sort of anathema to the human fear of total knowledge, white cubes, and finiteness. I think that these unknowns periodically poke through into our perceived and well-ordered world, a continual disruption to encourage growth, a reagent in the mass consciousness.
I guess I don't believe that asking whether bigfoot is real is the right question, instead i think we should ask why we won't let bigfoot be real?

this concludes the 2008 Georgia Gorilla Bigfoot Hoax Investigation and Discussion on Be Now Here. I will return with posts on gardening, compost, mushroom cultivation, and all that stuff.


Patrick Roberts said...

i'm still trying to figure out if "Sasquatch" is Bigfoot's name, or if that's the name of his species... man i need to get in the loop

David Gerard said...

But the Bigfoot guys are such trustworthy fellows! I’m sure they just put a rubber suit out by mistake. Will the real Bigfoot be revealed?