TURN ON THE COMMON SENSE SWITCH

We are flooded with claims of encounters today which sound too incredible to be true. With the internet making it so easy for the tellers of wild yarns to make false claims so readily available to a ever increasing numbers of the gullible, so-called researchers are more interested in attention than whether or not such a creature exists.

“IVAN MARKS SYNDROME”. To the public in general it must seem that the community of Sasquatch research more resembles an Asylum being run by the inmates!  And this tragic situation seems to be getting worse rather than better.  In this mess, what advice can an old timer like me give to a young guy or girl who really wants to become involved with doing their own research?  How does one advise how to avoid the BS?

Well, you can’t. All honest researchers have to learn how to spot this stuff on their own. The best way to do this is when you are investigating a claim from a witness or on going claims from other researchers, take in all the information you can, stand back and turn your common sense switch.  View everything with a healthy dose of skepticism. Skepticism is the best quality a researcher can have.   After all, we are researchers trying to find an answer to a mystery; we are not some kind of religious leaders trying to push a faith.

Thomas Steenburg

About Thomas Steenburg

Researching the Sasquatch question since 1978. Authored three books on topic: 'The Sasquatch In Alberta', 1989; 'Sasquatch, Bigfoot,The Continuing Mystery', 1993; and 'In search of Giants', 2000. Thomas has also co-authored two other titles: 'Meet the Sasquatch', 2004 and 'Sasquatch In British Columbia' 2012. He has also written many articles and appeared on numerous television and Radio documentaries concerning the Sasquatch. Considered by many to be old school in the world of Sasquatch research.