Abominable Science

Abominable Science

Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids Daniel Loxton, Donald R.
Prothero ... 6 BEFORE NESSIE Water-Horses As we look toward the emergence
of the Loch Ness monster in the 1930s, it is important to understand that a
teeming ... First, none of these creatures is anything like the modern Loch Ness
cryptid.

Author: Daniel Loxton

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231526814

Category: Science

Page: 434

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“A sharp analysis of the quest for unreal critters―cryptids, as they are called―and the people who pursue them . . . entertaining and thoroughly documented.” —The Wall Street Journal Throughout our history, humans have been captivated by mythic beasts and legendary creatures. Tales of Bigfoot, the Yeti, and the Loch Ness monster are part of our collective experience. Now comes a book from two dedicated investigators that explores and elucidates the fascinating world of cryptozoology. Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero have written an entertaining, educational, and definitive text on cryptids, presenting the arguments both for and against their existence and systematically challenging the pseudoscience that perpetuates their myths. After examining the nature of science and pseudoscience and their relation to cryptozoology, Loxton and Prothero take on Bigfoot; the Yeti, or Abominable Snowman, and its cross-cultural incarnations; the Loch Ness monster and its highly publicized sightings; the evolution of the Great Sea Serpent; and Mokele Mbembe, or the Congo dinosaur. They conclude with an analysis of the psychology behind the persistent belief in paranormal phenomena, identifying the major players in cryptozoology, discussing the character of its subculture, and considering the challenge it poses to clear and critical thinking in our increasingly complex world. “As valuable for its analysis of the hunted as it is for the light it shines on the still-hopeful hunters.” —Publishers Weekly “Highly recommended for readers looking for scientific but accessible evaluations of the existence of five notable cryptids that have captured our imaginations.” —Library Journal (starred review)
Categories: Science

American Myths Legends and Tall Tales An Encyclopedia of American Folklore 3 volumes

American Myths  Legends  and Tall Tales  An Encyclopedia of American Folklore  3 volumes

Despite all the media attention surrounding this monster, the scientific community
has officially laid to rest all claims of ... the purported chupacabras as nothing
more than coyotes or wild dogs infected with a parasitic disease known as
mange. ... Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous
Cryptids.

Author: Christopher R. Fee

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781610695688

Category: Social Science

Page: 1160

View: 647

A fascinating survey of the entire history of tall tales, folklore, and mythology in the United States from earliest times to the present, including stories and myths from the modern era that have become an essential part of contemporary popular culture. • Presents a compelling mix of some 500 entries drawn from traditional Native American and European American culture as well as Mexican American, African American, Chinese American, and other national traditions • Includes numerous primary documents that help readers to pinpoint and understand the origins of different myths and legends as well as how they evolve over time • Features a wide variety of entries drawn from newer traditions of science fiction, urban legends, and conspiracy theories • Supplies bibliographic references with each entry that include websites for further reading and research
Categories: Social Science

The Lost Ethnographies

The Lost Ethnographies

Impure science: AIDS, activism, and the politics of knowledge (Vol. 7). Berkeley ...
Boundary-work and the demarcation of science from non-science: Strains and
interests in professional interests of scientists. ... Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and
other famous cryptids. ... Retrieved from https://news.nationalgeographic.com/
news/2013/10/131021-yeti-abominable-snowmanbigfoot-polar-bear-
cryptozoology/.

Author: Robin James Smith

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 9781787147737

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 200

This volume explores ethnographic projects that were planned but never happened, and reports on the methodological lessons researchers can learn, as well as how they can gain fresh energy and social science insight from apparent rejection.
Categories: Social Science

Fathoms

Fathoms

“Mysterious and Known as the 'Raven,' Scientists Identify New Whale Species.”
The Two Way, NPR, July 27, 2016 [audio]. ... Abominable Science: Origins of the
Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids. New York: Columbia University Press,
 ...

Author: Rebecca Giggs

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781982120719

Category: Nature

Page: 352

View: 168

“A work of bright and careful genius.” —Robert Moor, New York Times bestselling author of On Trails “Fathoms took my breath away. Every page is suffused with magic and meaning.” —Ed Yong, New York Times bestselling author of I Contain Multitudes Fathoms is a gorgeous meditation on the awe-inspiring lives of whales, revealing what they can teach us about ourselves, our planet, and our relationship to other species. When writer Rebecca Giggs encountered a humpback whale stranded on her local beachfront in Australia, she began to wonder how the lives of whales reflect the condition of our oceans. Fathoms: The World in the Whale blends natural history, philosophy, and science to explore: How do whales experience ecological change? How has whale culture been both understood and changed by human technology? What can observing whales teach us about the complexity, splendour, and fragility of life? In Fathoms, we learn about whales so rare they have never been named, whale songs that sweep across hemispheres in annual waves of popularity, and whales that have modified the chemical composition of our planet’s atmosphere. We travel to Japan to board the ships that hunt whales and delve into the deepest seas to discover how plastic pollution pervades our earth’s undersea environment. In the spirit of Rachel Carson and Rebecca Solnit, Giggs gives us a vivid exploration of the natural world even as she addresses what it means to write about nature at a time of environmental crisis. With depth and clarity, Giggs outlines the challenges we face as we attempt to understand the perspectives of other living beings, and our own place on an evolving planet. Evocative and inspiring, Fathoms marks the arrival of an essential new voice.
Categories: Nature