Saturday, February 16, 2013
Ketchum Bigfoot Paper Uproar
We are presently witnessing the present struggle of Dr Melba Ketchum to introduce her scientific DNA work into the science world. This represents the first serious DNA study of purported Bigfoot samples. This delivers a mass of unique data points and some conclusions that support the existence of a North American hominid. It may or may not be a human hominid hybrid and the mass of third party reports does support just that prospect, but it certainly a hominid confirmed over a wide spectrum of samples.
What is outrageous is the blanket of authoritative dismissive attacks turned against her and her work. She was ultimately was forced to accept publication in a faux journal just in order to share her report. If you can not take new work to a presently recognized journal because such a journal can not exist, it becomes necessary to make ad hoc arrangements such as she has.
The fact remains that she has the necessary skill set and she has chosen to gather the data for the first time for a proper study. This work can be replicated immediately and continuously as more samples flow in for testing.
My blog is very much about new science. Much of which I report on as work in progress can not reasonably be published because it certainly challenges present received knowledge and paradigms. Yet it is all valid work until fresh data arrives to discredit it. More compelling is that a new paradigm informs you to make new experiments and this delivers new data that builds on gthe original paradigm proposed.
A great and compelling example of this is Darwin's Origin of the species. It led to looking at the incoming data with new eyes and testing it in a different manner. A century and a half of fresh data has secured its august position as a key intellectual paradigm.
The central point here is that truly new science often does not have a platform. For that reason alone it struggles to be heard.
The whole field of cryptozoology has suffered from this neglect. That is why I began my manuscript titled Paradigms Shift with a recrafting of the fundamental rules for what is accepted and applied as scientific method. Believe me that I did not wish to begin a book with a chapter on philosophy but it needed to make sense of the later method and language used.
This whole brouhaha is one more example of just how flawed our primitive concept of scientific method happens to be. Melba Ketchum is practicing good science. Her critics are practicing ignorance and generally proud of it.
The upside is that we now have a stack of DNA sampled material that has totally supported the Bigfoot hypothesis as had to exist from the mass third party reports which number some ten thousand. It was frustrating to wait for someone to actually do this work but it has been indicated for years. It is now out there and more reports will also be done and opened to public review.
Name calling is a poor answer to lab work.
In the meantime i have been unable to download the paper but have seen parts.