Similarly, I'm open to the possibility that there are moderate Republicans, but I'll only believe when I see one.
The hunt for cryptids isn't just quixotic. It's motivated by the same ambitions that have led to key zoological discoveries. You might even say cryptid hunters keep warm that place in science where anything is possible. And it's from that place where some of the most astounding advances in the sciences are derived.
At the turn of the 20th century, for instance, the Mountain Gorilla and the platypus were thought to be legend or hoax. Pearl fishermen of Indonesia told tales of enormous prehistoric-like creatures on a remote island; the stories turned out to be real and the animals were named Komodo dragons. (An animal, even today, has not been "discovered" until a bona fide scientist says so, no matter how many locals claim its existence.)
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Why we need Bigfoot hunters
From Amy, blogger-by-proxy, this Salon article explains why the crypto can't be completely cut off from zoology.