Skeptical bigfoot books


To really understand the public resistance to the bigfoot mystery, one should be familiar with skeptical books on the subject.  I have read these books and find them to lack the depth needed to fully explain away the subject.  They tend to focus on the obvious cracks in the foundation, but fail to explain away the details that make the subject so intriguing and persistent.  All skeptics should read these books as well as several of the books on the “must-read” list, (an uninformed skeptic is an unqualified skeptic).  I believe it behooves bigfooters to be familiar with the skeptical arguments as well, so dig in!

Bigfoot, Yeti, and the Last Neanderthal: A Geneticist’s Search for Modern Apemen

By all accounts, Bryan Sykes is a highly respected geneticist.  His investigation into the bigfoot/yeti phenomenon is the first of its kind.  Sykes pretty much pioneered mitochondrial DNA research, pushing the field into realms of the unexpected, which is where this book comes in.  While not overwhelmingly positive for the bigfoot community, it’s raw science, and definitely worth the read.  Don’t worry, after reading this, bigfoots are still real animals, as are their yeti counterparts.

The Making of Bigfoot: The Inside Story
By Greg Long

This book is a failed attempt at debunking the Patterson/Gimlin Film.  Long largely makes his arguments by attacking Roger Patterson as a person through quotes by his friends and colleagues that were largely taken out of context (as confirmed by David Murphy in follow-up interviews with these same people).  The man who claims to be the person in the suit during the filming, Bob Heironinus, is interviewed in the book, but he gives several locations of the filmsite (now well-established) that are wildly innacurate.  In fact, the closest he comes to the site is about twenty miles away.  Since this book made a big splash in the media after it was published, it is important to be familiar with it so one can debunk the inaccurate rumors that swirl around the footage.

Bigfoot Exposed: An Anthropologist Examines America’s Enduring Legend
By Dr. David Daegling

This book seems to promise a qualified anthropologist will offer the most logical explanation to the bigfoot mystery, yet I feel it falls far short of this unspoken assumption.  The book implies that since some tracks have been hoaxed, they probably all are.  The author goes into great detail on the fallibility of human memory, seemingly leaving us with the conclusion that there is no reason to talk to anyone who has seen anything because they could be wrong.  I admit the book is well-written and researched, but I feel it fails to explain away the phenomenon sufficiently in light of all the evidence.

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