Well I’ve let the Ketchum Study press release go for a couple of days to sit back and watch the Bigfoot research community, knock it back and forth.
From outright denial to acceptance.
Here’s my take,
We only have what the statement says. And while it is tantalizing to draw quick to the world of skeptics and say, “See!” I’d advise a word of caution.
What we have is a statement. We have yet to see the scientific results.
A press release, news release, media release, press statement or video release is a written or recorded communication directed at members of the news media for the purpose of announcing something ostensibly newsworthy. – Wikipedia Definition.
Now what are we missing?
Well we are missing the Procedure and method, the data, observations. All we have is the conclusion.
We are also missing the peer review.
“Peer review is a process of self-regulation by a profession or a process of evaluation involving qualified individuals within the relevant field. Peer review methods are employed to maintain standards, improve performance and provide credibility. In academia peer review is often used to determine an academic paper’s suitability for publication.” – Wikipedia Definition
As much as I like to use the argument that science has long since believed many falsities such as the world being the center of the universe, or being flat, as to the blind eye science has given to the Sasquatch, we must use the same air of caution here, although encouraging.
Because much of the community believes in the existence of Sasquatch, does not mean we should let our belief so blindly guide us to accepting without seeing the “fine print.”
Encouraging, yes but let us not behave with the same arrogance and vitriol that science has shown us for years, let science take its course.
The one thing to be cautious of is engaging those in the skeptic community who are of course, and partly so, writing about the unprofessional manner in which this information was released.
This is due to the highly unusual manner in which the information came out. In reality press releases made about scientific discoveries are made after peer review, often in conjunction with publication.
To argue with them is moot, because we are missing elements ourselves from the study to have the foothold for the high ground in the argument.
People must understand, that Dr. Ketchum’s statement, stated the study was conducted by a team of experts in genetics, forensics, imaging and pathology.
Privately she has told folks she has worked with three different labs to reach the conclusions.
All of this is probably true, however, if she’s not willing to name names, at this juncture, I’m not buying into until the entire project is published or the information of the complete study comes forth.
But the lack of disclosure can be viewed as red flags, and they are to the skeptics and some of the main stream press, whom we often know often only get half of the story straight.
However when Skeptical Enquirer, Benjamin Radford speaks I tend to listen, as he has shown to be open to the possibility, just not convinced with the evidence submitted thus far,
“So where’s the evidence? Well, there is none. Not yet, anyway: Ketchum’s research has not appeared in any peer-reviewed scientific journal, and there’s no indication when that might happen. If the data are good and the science is sound, any reputable science journal would jump at the chance to be the first to publish this groundbreaking information. Until then, Ketchum has refused to let anyone else see her evidence….
…Because Ketchum has released no information at all about her findings (nor have they been examined by outside experts), it’s impossible to evaluate the validity of her conclusions. But an important clue can be found in her statement that "Sasquatch mtDNA is identical to modern Homo sapiens…’
There is, however, another, simpler interpretation of such results: The samples were contaminated. Whatever the sample originally was — Bigfoot, bear, human or something else — it’s possible that the people who collected and handled the specimens accidentally introduced their DNA into the sample, which can easily occur with something as innocent as a spit, sneeze or cough. No one outside of Ketchum’s team knows how this alleged Bigfoot DNA was collected, from where or by whom. It could have been collected by the world’s top forensics experts, or by a pair of amateur Bigfoot buffs with no evidence-gathering training.
How did the team definitively determine that the samples were from a Bigfoot? Did they take a blood or saliva sample from a living Bigfoot ? If so, how did they get that close, and why didn’t they simply capture it or photograph it? If the samples were found in the wild, how do they know it wasn’t left by another animal — or possibly even a hunter, hiker or camper who left human genetic material?
Previous alleged Bigfoot samples subjected to DNA analysis have been deemed "unknown" or "unidentified." However, "unknown" or "unidentified" results do not mean "Bigfoot." There are many reasons why a DNA sample might come back unknown, including that it was contaminated or too degraded by environmental conditions. Or it could simply mean that the animal it came from was not among the reference samples that the laboratory used for comparison. There is no reference sample of Bigfoot DNA to compare it with, so by definition, there cannot be a conclusive match.”
-Benjamin Radford via MSNBC
As you can see, the acceptance in the scientific community of this study is going to be a long hard journey which may not be won, unless some of these points Radford brings up are satisfied.
I am encouraged, I am hopeful, but there’s a long bumpy road that may lead people whom buy into it 100%, at least for now, to self destruction, depression and whole lot of ridicule.
It is my greatest hope that the study will proceed successfully yet I see many obstacles. This is a process that may take many more months and years.
The one bolster to it could be the Sykes Study.
Keep the faith my friends, and keep on keeping on!!!
AND REMEMBER NEVER STOP ASKING QUESTIONS!
Till Next Time,