On tonight’s episode of Search for Hidden Beasts with Ken Gerhard
Hey CC fans, tune in tonight @ 10pm EST/9pm CST for the latest episode of my friend Ken Gerhard's 's cryptozoology podcast - Search for Hidden Beasts!
Tonight is the Cryptozoology 2012: Year in Review!
As Ken puts it: “
Catch the show at http://liveparanormal.com/page/ken-gerhard
If you listen to the show, I hope you’ll please comment, Like ❤ and share and come back to discuss at Cryptid Chronicles! Thank you!
For those who miss it, I will post a link to the archive of tonight’s episode when it becomes available later.
Sydney C. Squidney
Dr. Ketchum’s Bigfoot DNA Study, Peer-Rejected (And my response)
Today across many Cryptid/Bigfoot focused websites and various social platforms, it was reported that Dr. Melba Ketchum’s Bigfoot DNA Paper has been rejected by a peer review journal, although I am not clear on whether it was rejected by editors or actual peers and haven’t actually seen any official rejection notice.
However, at 3AM PST this morning, Igor Burtsev, the Russian scientist who originally leaked the Bigfoot DNA results, posted this message informing the public that Dr. Melba Ketchum’s Bigfoot DNA paper had not been accepted:
Yes, the paper of Dr Ketchum is under reviewing. And it is worth to be published. Just the situation now remindes me the war between North and South in the beginning of USA history… There are a lot of her supporters as well as a lot of her opponents and even some enemies…
The problem is that some people absolutize the science. Unfortunately science now is too conservative. One third of the population of the USA believes in BFs existing, but academic science even does not want to recognize the problem of their existing or not, just rejecting to dicuss this question. In such a condition this subject is under discussion of the broad public. We can’t wait decades when scientists start to study this problem, forest people need to be protect now, not after half a sentury, when science wakes up.
Re the paper: the reviewed journals in the US refused to publish the paper. That is why Dr Ketchum has sent it to me to arrange publishing in any Russian reviewd journal. And I showed to our genetisits and understood that it was a serious work. I gave it up to the journal, now it’s under reviewing.
Anyway, I informed public about the results of the study. The public waited for this info for more than a year, a lot of rumors were spreading around. And the public has the right to know it nevertheless “science” says about it.
- Igor Burtsev
Guy Edwards posted the following at Bigfoot Lunch Club “We knew getting a Bigfoot DNA paper published would be a challenge. According to Katrina Kelner, a Science magazine editor, “At Science, we have to reject more than 90% of the papers submitted to us.”This is why Dr. Melba Ketchum’s execution and communication had to be flawless, it had to be held to a higher standard—there were too many expectations and too many personal efforts on the line. In our opinion, if Dr. Melba Ketchum had realized this project was bigger than herself, the outcome would have closer to the one we had hoped for.” Bigfoot Lunch Club is a contributor to Cryptomundo, Loren Coleman’s daily blog.
Loren Coleman announced there today that “the direction of the discussion has been changed by the Facebook/emailed leaks and the Ketchum press release. Therefore, I have agreed to talk with George Noory on Coast to Coast AM next Monday to dissect the media flap that has now been created and what it means for serious cryptozoology and Sasquatch studies.”
As previously mentioned on Cryptid Chronicles, I personally have withheld any enthusiasm regaurding this specific bigfoot buzz, but I would like to reaffirm that I personally believe in Bigfoot-type creatures and going further, I believe there is not only evidence to support the existence of a bigfoot, but that there are multiple subspecies that exist and I think their official discovery is close.
I may lose some followers over this post (i have already lost followers over this whole Ketchum coverage) but that’s fine, i’m not losing sleep over it - everyone is entitled to an opinion, including me, including you and including Dr. Ketchum and every scientist and researcher who really feels their work is being done seriously and with proper respect.
Anyway, so yeah, I have been asked by more than a few followers of this blog what my own assessment is regaurding the Ketchum DNA study and my reponse is this:
To many folks there is no evidence to support the existence of a bigfoot-like creature, or extraterrestrial visitors, or in that matter fairies, dragons and unicorns. BUT there is also no evidence to support the existence of “God”, either (in fact some may say there’s been more sightings of Bigfoot than there has of God!) Yet, there is no shortage of true believers in an “almighty being”, so… to those who want to roll their eyes loudly and insist that if bigfoot were real, we would know about it, I would just like to say that before those folks go pointing fingers about someone’s credibilty just because it may not be “normal” to them, it may not be what the mainstream science and general community has come to expect, or their ideas may be too “out there”, I would like to remind people that scientists get rejected all the time, and as for money/publicity, well that’s always going to be a major factor in the bigfoot phenomenon, but it’s also a major factor in the Catholic/(insert any other religion here) phenomenon as well, and that’s really very shameful, but that doesn’t mean that every catholic or reglious person is in it for that specific reason. That being said, i’m not endorsing or defending Dr. Ketchum, but I am also not going to sit around ridiculing her, either
The bottom line is that whether you believe Melba Ketchum or not, nothing has really changed. I think Bigfoot is still out there and it’s counterproductive and a waste of energy to continue to chastise her when that energy could be used for more aggressive efforts in helping to prove what a lot of us bigfoot believers know already - that Bigfoot exists, and more importantly, we need to protect it as an endangered species. It’s time to move forward and make that happen.
There is no better time than NOW to support the field of Cryptozoology!!
Go right now and find and support a Bigfoot/Cryptid researcher or research organisation that you feel is approaching Bigfoot and other cryptid studies seriously and show your support!
No matter if you are disappointed in the Ketchum research or not, that is the single most productive thing you can do right now.
Sydney C. Squidney