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Re: MonsterTalk - Skeptical Cryptozoology Podcast
« Reply #30 on: July 28, 2009, 07:14:34 PM »

A cursory look found no degree programs in cryptozoology.

It's hard to call it an out-right non-science as there are occasional findings of previously unknown/unproven cryptids.  But the scientists who make these findings self-identify as biologists, zoologists, anthropologists (in the case of Homo Floresiensis) and so on.  Fair enough - as soon as a cryptozoological specimen is genuinely discovered it immediately graduates to being zoological.

Dr. Bernard Heuvelmans, the generally accepted 'father of cryptozoology' was a zoologist by education.  I don't know how many other genuine scientists call themselves cryptozoologists.  Probably not many.  I suspect it skewers credibility in the blink of an eye.

Loren Coleman rejoices when kids ask "How can I be a CRYPTOZOOLOGIST?" He gushes about the all the time. It's sad because I believe these folks think there might come a day for that. I would bet you can get a paper that calls you one from one of those odd internet unaccredited university. In fact,



So, lookie there. I has an edumacation.

There are a few like Drs. Shuker, Coleman, Meldrum, Chad Arment, etc. who call themselves cryptozoologists but it's a self-imposed title. Actually, you ought to have a degree in folklore and biology to call yourself one.

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Re: MonsterTalk - Skeptical Cryptozoology Podcast
« Reply #31 on: July 28, 2009, 10:06:28 PM »
Atlantis....PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE keep doing this podcast.  The difference in audio quality and editing between 1 & 2 was night and day.  Plus, I love a show that gives me all of the thrill I remember from being 8 years old and watching In Search Of, but without the lobotomy that would be necessary to enjoy it at this stage of my life. 

You have put together 2+ really solid hours of podcasting.  I hope your enthusiasm stays high and your show lasts as long as the SGU.....

Well Done!!!!
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Re: MonsterTalk - Skeptical Cryptozoology Podcast
« Reply #32 on: July 29, 2009, 12:01:28 AM »
You have put together 2+ really solid hours of podcasting.  I hope your enthusiasm stays high and your show lasts as long as the SGU.....

Well Done!!!!

Thanks!  This is the only currency we deal in.  And now you're all paid up. ;)


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Re: MonsterTalk - Skeptical Cryptozoology Podcast
« Reply #33 on: July 29, 2009, 12:04:44 AM »
There are a few like Drs. Shuker, Coleman, Meldrum, Chad Arment, etc. who call themselves cryptozoologists but it's a self-imposed title. Actually, you ought to have a degree in folklore and biology to call yourself one.

I got my education the same way Bigfoot communicates: Hard Knocks.

Now that's esoterica.

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Re: MonsterTalk - Skeptical Cryptozoology Podcast
« Reply #34 on: July 29, 2009, 09:44:37 AM »
Just finished ep 2. Is over night sensation too strong a term? Slather for more.
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Re: MonsterTalk - Skeptical Cryptozoology Podcast
« Reply #35 on: July 29, 2009, 11:20:13 PM »
Just finished ep 2. Is over night sensation too strong a term? Slather for more.
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Re: MonsterTalk - Skeptical Cryptozoology Podcast
« Reply #36 on: July 31, 2009, 11:23:57 AM »
Check this out.

A couple years ago they spotted a "Bigfoot" in Las Vegas.



So I was skeptical, and noticed something.






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Re: MonsterTalk - Skeptical Cryptozoology Podcast
« Reply #37 on: July 31, 2009, 10:04:42 PM »
That's remarkably similar. When I squint, it looks exactly alike except for the space between the neck and front leg.

The landscape in photo 1 looks very large compared to the figure. Photoshopped?

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Re: MonsterTalk - Skeptical Cryptozoology Podcast
« Reply #38 on: July 31, 2009, 10:19:22 PM »
That's remarkably similar. When I squint, it looks exactly alike except for the space between the neck and front leg.

The landscape in photo 1 looks very large compared to the figure. Photoshopped?

The horse is mine.

I'm not suggesting that it is actually a horse in the Bigfoot video still, but that it is an alternate answer.

Falsifying the demanded answer.

ETA: In the original... it could be the animal's rear leg.
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Re: MonsterTalk - Skeptical Cryptozoology Podcast
« Reply #39 on: July 31, 2009, 10:26:05 PM »
Oh, I see that point of view too. It's a good explanation.

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Re: MonsterTalk - Skeptical Cryptozoology Podcast
« Reply #40 on: July 31, 2009, 10:28:16 PM »
It's really hard to turn the horse back into a bigfoot after you know what it is.
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Re: MonsterTalk - Skeptical Cryptozoology Podcast
« Reply #41 on: August 02, 2009, 01:24:26 AM »
It's always nice to know what a "BlobSquatch" really is - but I don't think you can prove the existence of horses with flimsy evidence like this.  If horses are real then where are the bones!?

What's that?  In my Jello?  Seriously?

Nevermind then.

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Re: MonsterTalk - Skeptical Cryptozoology Podcast
« Reply #42 on: August 02, 2009, 01:30:26 AM »
Check this out.

A couple years ago they spotted a "Bigfoot" in Las Vegas.



That's so weird anyway.  If we assumed the "scale" were accurate both in the photo and in Bigfoot legends wouldn't that mean that the "bigfoot loping up the hill" would be around 7 feet tall - and consequently that patch of grass would be like 14 feet tall?  Do they have any 14 foot tall grass growing out in the desert near Las Vegas?  I sure didn't see any last time I went through there.

Where did this photo come from?  Google's clogged up with Biscardi and the Georgia Bigfoot hoax when I try to search on Vegas and Bigfoot.

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Re: MonsterTalk - Skeptical Cryptozoology Podcast
« Reply #43 on: August 02, 2009, 05:13:49 AM »
Just finished ep 2. Is over night sensation too strong a term? Slather for more.

Well said, my new fvt podcast. 

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Re: MonsterTalk - Skeptical Cryptozoology Podcast
« Reply #44 on: August 02, 2009, 05:18:17 AM »
What I really like about Monster Talk is that it's to the point.

When I listen to skeptical podcasts, at the end of the day I'm kinda annoyed that so much time it's NOT about the fortean phenomenas. It's like listening to the SGU and having Phil Plait talking about Deaths from the Sky or listining to Skepticality and having an episode about the fossil record...

I mean, too often skeptical podcasts are too much just... science podcasts...

At least with Monster Talk, when you start the episode, you know that they're gonna talk about cryptozoology. ;D

I love it, just for that... well, and also because the hosts are really cool of course...