Sunday, March 9, 2008

Oh, that? That's just another UFO carrying the ghost of Bigfoot.

Like apophenia and pareidolia, some individuals exhibit a tendency to compound-report extraordianary or abnormal phenomena. As far as I can discern, there is not yet a scientific term for this behavior. However, we see it often in the realm of paranormal studies when witnesses tell a seemingly outlandish tale involving the presence of multiple disparate anomalies such as UFO's, Ghosts, and Sasquatch - all in the same story.

The problem with tales of this type is that credulity is stretched far beyond most people's limits. It is hard enough for many to accept wholly any one of these phenomena, let alone the contemplation that all might exist. But to then ask them to accept that these might co-exist or be related, simply puts too much strain on their willingness to believe.

But does this unwillingness to wrap our minds around it translate to saying compound-anomalies do exist? Not without evidence. And time and time again, we have seen that anecdotal evidence is simply insufficient. The absence of proof is not proof of absence, many will say. But, truth be told, for the sake of science, the absence of proof means you need to keep looking.

So, when it comes to compound-anomalies, I think it is safe to assume Ockham's Razor applies ten-fold. Is this to say that Bigfoot isn't an astral being from another plane of existence with a pet Chupacabras sent to us via a faster-than-light starship? I don't know - but I'm not going to bet on it.

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