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Bigfoot Exposed : An Anthropologist Examines America's Enduring Legend - David J. Daegling

Bigfoot Exposed

An Anthropologist Examines America's Enduring Legend

Paperback Published: 30th October 2004
ISBN: 9780759105393
Number Of Pages: 288

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In Bigfoot Exposed, biological anthropologist and primate physiology specialist David J. Daegling objectively examines the northwest American myth of Bigfoot. Using scientific methodology, Daegling systematically and persuasively repudiates the evidence purportedly demonstrating the creature's existence, and ultimately concludes that Bigfoot exists only in the popular imagination. Visit our website for sample chapters!

I could not put it down! It is absolutely marvelous. Daegling's handling of the subject itself, as well as his treatment of the tension between science and, well, not science, is masterful. His writing style is spot on, perfect for a book written by a scientist for a popular audience. -- Kenneth L. Feder, Central Connecticut State University Here is the book that both true believers and doubters have long been calling for: a serious scientific look at the evidence for Bigfoot's physical existence. Elegantly reasoned and written, Bigfoot Exposed treats the subject with an open mind, the care and depth it deserves, and respect for everyone involved. Those of us who remain hopeful that Bigfoot walks should definitely read this enjoyable book, as well as the skeptics. While Dr. Daegling cannot prove that Sasquatch is strictly legendary, he certainly raises the bar for belief in North America's giants. This can only be good for all in search of the truth. -- Robert Michael Pyle, author of Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide How do you prove the nonexistence of something like Bigfoot? You can't. But you can critically examine the evidence, and apply scientific ways of thinking to establish probabilities that the wild man of the woods does or does not exist. In Bigfoot Exposed, physical anthropologist Daegling shows us how to reason scientifically. Anyone interested in critical thinking will want to read this book. -- Eugenie C. Scott, Executive Director, National Center for Science Education, Inc. Daegling's level-headed dissection of the (surprisingly) enduring legend of Bigfoot is more thoughtful and bemused than derisively dismissive. But there's no question that the biological anthropologist-a specialist in primate anatomy and biomechanics, useful disciplines for a study of primate bones no one can find and for analyzing a creature's distinctive gait-both starts and ends his examination of evidence for the big beast's existence as a confirmed skeptic. He's a scientist, and scientists depend on verifiable data; his thorough examination-more a reasoned debunking-of the existing data brings refreshing clarity to a muddled mystery. By book's end, Daegling has convincingly refuted the few seconds of film allegedly capturing Bigfoot, back in 1958, and skillfully undercut the "proof" of oversized footprints by reporting on men who constructed fake feet. And he has, almost sorrowfully, assessed the arguments of the truly obsessed, which link Bigfoot's essential invisibility to the intervention of UFOs. It's not likely to change minds, however: as Daegling himself notes, myths don't depend on facts to fuel their persistence. Publishers Weekly Highly recommended. All public and academic levels/libraries. The Washington Post David Daegling has written a wonderful book on the North American Bigfoot myth. It is conversational in style, and peppered with exceptionally well-written turns of phrase. The book is admirably thorough, and a model for others to follow in debunking myths. -- Jeffrey K. McKee, The Ohio State University, author of The Riddled Chain and Sparing Nature I think Bigfoot Exposed is a wonderful contribution to the legend of Bigfoot and emphasizes the correct role for science within the controversy. The arguments advanced are sound and not only well-constructed but artfully so. Overall the book is terrific! If someone wanted a comprehensive scientific review of Bigfoot, there presently are no other good options. -- Michael R. Dennett, Scientific and Technical consultant to the Skeptical Inquirer, writer and longtime researcher into the legend of Bigfoot Bigfoot, aka the Sasquatch, gets no respect, especially from scientists. So complained the creature's advocates, and anthropologist David J. Daegling agreed with them. In writing Bigfoot Exposed: An Anthropologists Examines America's Enduring Legend, he drew upon not only his own specialty but also, with the help of friends, the physics of human movement. The latter was helpful in analyzing such traces of the creature as casts of its footprints and a film in which it is allegedly seen walking in its Nortwest U.S. habitat. Daegling's conclusion is straightforward: 'The absence of physical remains-bodies or parts thereof-is to my mind the most devastating argument against the Sasquatch.' One point made much of by Bigfoot enthusiasts is the sheer number of reported sightings that paint a relatively consistent portrait of the creature. It would be preposterous, they contend, to think that so many people could have entered into a kind of conspiracy to plant so much similar evidence. Daegling rejoins that this mode of argument sets up 'a rhetorical trick known as the false dilemma.' It hardly takes conspiring to produce a consistent profile of a Bigfoot. 'If potential hoaxers can read a newspaper or operate a television remote,' the author writes, 'they have the ability to acquire descriptions of Bigfoot evidence and recreat that evidence in short order.' The Washington Post

Prefacep. vii
Encounters with Monstersp. 1
The Natural History of Bigfootp. 9
The Social History of Bigfootp. 25
Bigfoot Scrutinized: Why the Greatest Hits Are All Missesp. 61
The Patterson Filmp. 105
Further Musings on Footprintsp. 157
Three Red Herringsp. 189
A Science of Sasquatch?p. 203
The Eyewitness Problemp. 221
The Bardin Boogerp. 237
The Phenomenonp. 247
Referencesp. 261
Indexp. 269
About the Authorp. 276
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ISBN: 9780759105393
ISBN-10: 0759105391
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 30th October 2004
Publisher: AltaMira Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 16.3  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.46