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Bigfoot Science

In Russia, there are about 30 authorative scientists engaged in the study of abominible snowmen. In fact, they are setting up a university resaerch institute at Kemerovo State University to study the mythical Yeti, according to The UK’s Daily Mail.

You might ask: what scientific evidence for the existence of bigfoot is the driving force behind setting up this ‘distinguished’ institute? You might have correctly guessed that there is none

They are setting up this academy based upon anecdotes and footprints in snow. That this passes for science, even for a diverse blend of cultures and  country such as Russia, is extrememly disappoining. It is yet more contamination of toxic pseudoscience eating away at the boundries of reality-based science.

In fact, for the entire history of reality-based science, there has never been a sample of DNA collected from hairs, droppings, fluids, or tissues that confirm bigfoot, Yeti, abominible snowmen, or any other cultural flavor of mythical primate-like biped you care to assign. And just what is the stated primary goal of the institute: to achieve contact with a bigfoot.

So this government-funded university, described as ‘a leading educational and scientific center of Kemerovo Oblast’, is establishing an institute to study a creature that scientists have yet to confirm even exists. Are they just not seeing the most basic problems here?


5 comments to Bigfoot Science

  • Boyher

    I dunno, footprints seem like pretty good evidence to me. Every easter morning there would be giant white rabbit footprints in my kitchen, so i’m pretty sure the Easter Bunny is real.

  • klox

    How many years could they possibly continue researching this before just getting sick of not having any results? Or are there enough ups and downs to just keep them interested in it forever?

  • nozzk

    Hmmmm. I thought in Russia, Yeti study YOU!

  • kettenkrad

    //I apologise for my awkward English.

    I wonder why Daily Mail calls that self-proclaimed “cryptozoologist” Igor Burtsev a scientist and an academic. He has a (formal) doctorate degree, but in historical sciences, not in biology. I doubt he ever did any serious research on historical subjects, as he’s been hunting “snowmen” since 1965! He also heads the non-commercial “Cryptosphere foundation for scientific searches and explorations” and the so-called “International Center of hominid research” – the two groups of “monster hunters”.

    A quick search on “КемГУ Бурцев” gives several dozens links to the press release issued from the KemSU press center. In short, they state that all the claims made by mr.Burtsev are just plain wrong. They guess that some scientists may have an individual interest in “snowman research”, but the university itself has no plans for setting up any kind of a “bigfoot research institute”.

    “He strongly denies accusations that the ‘sightings’ are a bizarre ruse to attract tourists to the far-flung region.” – that passage made me laugh, as that’s the very thing Kemerovo government is doing! Looks like mr.Burtsev was lucky to talk some government officials into using his crazy bigfoot evidence to attract travellers. But it still has nothing to do with the KemSU or science.

  • JasonWilson

    I have a special place in my heart (head really) for the abominable snow man. I used to draw different versions of it all the time as a kid. This article joy-buzzed a nostalgia I didn’t even know I had.

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