Psychology in Bigfooting – BOUNDARIES

Ironic that this would be the subject for my final blog.

For over two years now, I have been battling impending cervical cancer without health insurance while raising my daughter with very little financial support for her other than what I provide. Medical bills for tests, labs, procedures and checkups have been daunting and so has the fear of not knowing what’s next. For a while there, things were going better. However, last week, I received test results from a checkup that were less than encouraging.

Psychology in bigfooting – CONTROL

This is part two in a blog series. If you haven’t read part one (Psychology in bigfooting – FEAR) yet, please do.

Today, I’d like to talk about control.

When we feel fear of any kind, the natural human reaction is to attempt to gain control of the situation. When we are in actual danger, gaining control can be a helpful response. If that semi-truck is barreling down on you, jumping out of the way is a way to regain control of your safety (fear of being run over). If you are living an unhealthy lifestyle, making better choices in what you eat or how much you exercise is a healthy response to real potential dangers (fear of negative health consequences). On 9/11, passengers on Flight 93 attempted to take control of the situation because they knew they were in danger. That was a healthy response to a real danger.

Psychology in bigfooting – FEAR

There is an adage that comes up regularly in bigfooting… “When you look for bigfoot, you find yourself.” The longer I pursue this subject, the more truth I find in that statement. Human psychology plays a pivotal role in our interaction with this subject. (Once again, I find myself staring at a blinking cursor, trying to figure out how to address a topic that is too complex for a single blog post. This will most likely develop into another one of those multi-part blog series.)

Today, I want to talk about fear.

Would you put the camera down?

Uploaded today to the members’ multimedia archives: An hour-long interview with a law enforcement officer who was a childhood witness, became a bigfoot researcher, and then put the technology away and became a witness once again. Find out what happened when he put the camera down…

If you were given the opportunity of having a close-up interaction with a Bigfoot, but could only do so without recording your encounter, would you put your camera away? How difficult would you find it to do so?

Please feel free to leave your comments below. Thanks!

 

I’ve lost count… and patience

I keep getting inquiries from production companies wanting assistance with bigfoot television show productions. It seems the second-season success of Finding Bigfoot has created a monster.

Us.

The first request was from a major cable network who’s planning on putting together a show comprised of a bunch of “teams” of researchers who are pitted against one another to bring in the best evidence of bigfoot for a “big cash prize”. I almost threw up on my shoe. I ignored that one. And the next. And the next. History. Discovery. National Geographic. SyFy. Just to name a few.

Shooting Sasquatch: A long-term witness perspective

A while back, I discussed the differing perspectives of researchers and witnesses toward the bigfoot phenomenon. You can read about that here, and please do if you haven’t, because it will set the context for today’s topic.

In a nutshell, one reason researchers and witnesses (long-term ones especially) approach this subject differently is because of differing levels of personal experience. To researchers, many of whom have little to no face-to-face personal experience with Sasquatch, the subject of bigfoot is primarily an intellectual pursuit, devoid of emotion. To witnesses, particularly long-term witnesses but also incidental witnesses who can be deeply affected by a single sighting, their involvement in this subject tends to be much more emotionally-oriented. Researchers may say that those who are emotionally involved in this subject cannot be “objective”. But, in my mind, the question really comes down to this: What is one’s objective?

Book Review of Lloyd Pye’s Book, “Big”, by Scott Davis

Book: “Big” by Lloyd Pye

Reviewer: Scott Davis for Oregonbigfoot.com

A quick intro for those of you who don’t know me: I’m Scott Davis, artist with the Oregonbigfoot.com site and moderator for the Oregonbigfoot Members Forum. [Editor's note: You can view Scott's artwork at the Oregon Bigfoot art gallery HERE.] I’ve quietly worked behind the scenes with Autumn for a number of years now, helping her with various projects and ideas. I deliberately keep a low profile in the Bigfoot Research community, but this is a rare moment in which Autumn lured me out into the open to write this book review for you.

New bigfoot photo?

Melissa Hovey has posted a purported photo of a bigfoot this morning – one that she’s had in her files for several years.

You can read the full backstory here and view the photo here:

http://txsasquatch.blogspot.com/

While I have no comments on the photo itself  (Real? Hoax? There is no way to know, which is why photos are useless as “proof” of anything, the least of which their own veracity), it may be an interesting story for you to follow.

New bigfoot novel & members’ update

Lloyd Pye is a man I consider a friend. His book, “Everything You Know is Wrong” is, by far, the book I have recommended most often to friends. It’s a fascinating alternative look at science, history as we think we know it… and Sasquatch.

Lloyd has written a new fictional book titled, “Big”.

Here’s a brief description of the novel:

“A bigfoot is wounded by a shotgun blast. It exacts revenge, then tries to escape. It loses too much blood and collapses in deep woods, where it is found by high school senior Marcy Dillon. Marcy befriends it and decides to help it elude a posse gathered to capture or kill it. What results is a pulse-pounding, white-knuckle chase onto a deadly mountain, where both their lives hang in the balance.”

Boy in China with “Cat’s Eyes”?

There have been reports floating around the internet lately about a boy in China with “cat’s eyes”. Granted, Nong has beautiful blue eyes, which is a rare sight in Asians. But is the novelty of his eye-color responsible for the claims that his eyes glow when a flashlight is shined in them and his supposed ability to see clearly in the dark, or is there really something special about Nong’s eyes aside from the color?

Ongoing encounters at The Campground

It began with a sighting by Oregon Bigfoot member Bill in 1971. Along with Bill, members Nancy and Gary have returned each year since 2007 and have provided detailed field reports of their experiences there, including photos and audio files. The members’ media archives have been now updated with part 37 in an ongoing saga in which Bill and Gary returned to “The Campground” once again in the fall of 2011.

Question from a reader to long-term witnesses

Question: For those of you that are involved in a “long term” witness situation and have had repeat encounters with this wondrous being; how, may I ask, were you able to contain yourselves in this creatures presence the first time you came face to face with him/her?

I’m a pretty restrained guy, can run fast, and am pretty brave. However, I don’t know what I would do in a situation where I was put in your place.

Intellect vs. emotion

This, I believe, is truly what is at the heart of the gulf between witnesses and researchers. Each side is speaking from the only place they know… but they are speaking very different languages.

Local Residents Spot Bigfoot In West Virginia… and 2012

Happy Holidays!

A recent sighting report in an article written, for a change, factually and not in a tongue-in-cheek manner. Bless those in the media who write news as news and not as sensationalistic commentary.

Local Residents Spot Bigfoot In West Virginia

The following is unrelated to bigfoot… I think… but it’s another interest of mine so I thought I’d share. I’ve been reading quite a bit about 2012 lately. ‘Tis the season, after all.

This webpage from NASA is interesting. It discusses the science behind the internet sensationalism surrounding December 21, 2012 that has been increasing in the past few years.

Big Hairy Anecdotal Evidence

Sasquatches are hairy. Each and every bigfoot book – including those by highly-regarded scientists who’ve entered the fray – tells us  so. There is, however, currently not one shred of falsifiable, scientific proof that it is so. There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest such, but no proof.

Anecdotal evidence is been defined as “non-scientific observations or studies, which do not provide proof but may assist research efforts, usually made by observers who are not scientifically trained”.

We accept the “fact” that Sasquatches are hairy, despite the fact that it is not, in fact, a fact based on any scientific evidence but rather anecdotal evidence.