Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids

Paperback | April 21, 2015

byDaniel Loxton, Donald R. ProtheroForeword byMichael Shermer

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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.

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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. Pr...

Daniel Loxton is the editor of Junior Skeptic and a staff writer for Skeptic, for which he specializes in critical scholarship regarding claims of legendary animals. Known for his even-handed approach-and for his lifelong personal love of monster mysteries-Loxton is one of the most widely respected skeptical critics of cryptozoology. ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:April 21, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780231153218

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for cryptozoology enthusiasts. Often times those of us who believe in "paranormal" elements such as extraterrestrials and cryptids complain that mainstream scientists are too closed-minded to truly consider the existence of these things. I feel if we truly want these "doubters" to be more open-minded, we have to be open-minded ourselves - it never hurts to listen to some well-reason arguments against the paranormal. This book was an absolutely fascinating, compelling examination of four of the most notorious cryptids - Bigfoot, the Yeti, the Loch Ness Monster, and Mokele Mbembe. I was absolutely stunned to discover that, as someone who has read many books about cryptozoology, that there was a great deal of information in this book I had never heard of before. While I'm still inclined to believe in the existence of two of these creatures (I won't tell you which), this book lead me to seriously doubt the existence of the others... Further reading is called for. An absolute must read for open-minded cryptozoology enthusiasts.
Date published: 2015-09-05

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Michael ShermerPrefaceAcknowledgments1. Cryptozoology: Real Science or Pseudoscience?2. Bigfoot: The Sasquatch3. The Yeti: The Abominable Snowman4. Nessie: The Loch Ness Monster5. The Evolution of the Sea Serpent: From Hippocamp to Cadborosaurus6. Mokele Mbembe: The Congo Dinosaur7. Why Do People Believe in Monsters? The Complexity of CryptozoologyNotesIndex

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Exceptionally well written, organized and presented... an inherently fascinating read. Informed and informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Abominable Science!" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community and academic library collections.