Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Why Cryptozoology Isn't A Valid Or Credible Science

As promised I will begin to post about common topics on Dinosaur Home and give you a kind of taste of the site in case any of you are interested in which you all can just click the link. Ok...first on my mental "to-do" list of topics is on Cryptozoology because, whether one believes it or not, it makes up the majority of the fantasies of these young and old Paleo Enthusiasts on the site. Sure, they have plenty of fantasies about Prehistoric Life (Dinosaurs, mainly. Hey! Who Doesn't?), but I have found whole conversations of it on the site (Okay, I just exagerrated big time there, but there are at least a few people who truly accept Cryptozoology as a valid field of Science. There are several problems with Cryptozoology that I'll explain in a moment, but it is not something that one can believe and still be found credible. I'm a afraid that any respectable person, no matter how brilliant and smart they are and trustworthy, can be found to be insane. This is a sad fact, yet thankfully it's not just one-out-of-every-five hundred-or-so situations. Most are in certain groups who truly believe they are correct, though they may very well be. However, the general public will find you in need of the institution, while others may, to put it mildly, disagree with you. Sadly, the public is where your money comes from if your a scientist in the major fields (Especially, if your a Paleontologist through Museums and Universities, others taxes.) , so credibility is very important in the world of Science, and in today's world in general. Anywho, enough rambling, let's now look at Cryptozoology a little more closely and it's role on this site.

First, let's look at the definition of Cryptozoology. Cryptozoology is, by public definition, the study of creatures and things that most likely don't exist. Ok. Things that probably....no...most likely don't exist. Hmm....now does that make a credible person? That depends. Some people literally go insane with passion and determination to prove the public wrong and that he/she's a brillian man/woman. Most cases like that mean they're headed to the asylum. Now, I'm NOT saying that everyone who believes Cryptozoology is crazy! I'm merely saying that these people vary. Those who believes in Extra-terrestrials and UFOs is a popular one, but the most likely plausible than a Haunted Hotel or something or Nessie. Big-foot is another phenomonae that's plausible. The North American Western Rockies are a suitable environment to support animals like Sasquatch, this primate/hominid ( If it is real, then it maybe a another surviving species of hominid, which will explain the human like silhouette....or...that they're just random men in costumes). So far, it's not looking good for this "Science" and it's credibility.

I would, now, like to talk about the characteristics of a credible science. Most credible sciences are usually relevant to public life nowadays and concern subjects that can be studied by the basic Scientific method learned in the Elementary school science classroom. These are, of course, the fundamentals of Scientific reasoning And as such the subjects has to be at least capable of being observed as observation plays a big role in scientific thinking and exploration. On the other hand, in Cryptozoology, you can't really do that nor can any experiments or observation be performed. Since Cryptozoology does not fit the basic criteria for an actual field of science, it is NOT a science, yet it is the culmination of the Human imagination stemming from the root of some studies in a field of Science (i.e. Ghosts, Extra-Terrestrials, UFOs, Nessie, and even Sasquatch, just to name a few.

And, yet, I found a couple of people talking about whether even Mesozoic Marine Reptiles still live at the depths of today's Oceans and I had to tell him that is not possible because of a number of reasons, including Climate, different diet, etc. Just because the Coelocanth survived doesn't mean a Tylosaur or Liopleurodon could survive as the prey is just too small and the only prey that would come even close are the Whale Sharks and the Whales themselves which I doubt Liopleurodon would even consider taking down a mammal around the same size. It'd be too much of a hassle. Anyway, here's my answer to the member's comment.

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