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Monday, February 8, 2016

Jeff Meldrum Talks Belief and Bigfoot

Recently the ISU newspaper The Bengal published an article about Sasquatch. It is an interview with Jeff Meldrum, one of the few scientists in the world who seriously investigates the Bigfoot phenomenon.
Jeff Meldrum

The article discusses how and when Meldrum became interested in the subject, some of the things he has done while researching it, and the subject of "belief" and Bigfoot.

Here's how the article starts:

"Do You Believe In Bigfoot?
"If you grew up, traveled to or spent time in the Northwest, chances are you have heard stories of a giant bipedal ape roaming the mountains, clandestinely living in the shadows off of whatever shrubs and plants it can find.
"When it comes to Sasquatch, there are three types of people: those who believe in Sasquatch or Bigfoot without a doubt, those who do not believe due to insufficient evidence and those who are open minded to the idea but don't have a preference one way or another.
"Jeffrey Meldrum, a professor of anatomy and physical anthropology in the Department of Biological Sciences at ISU, has a slightly different way of admitting belief.
"'I don't like to use the word believe,' Meldrum said, 'The ideological skeptics out there use 'true believer' as a derogatory label on people who are open-minded to this subject. For many people, in common usage, belief has a connection to faith that is more or less the acceptance of something in the absence of evidence. I'm convinced that Sasquatch exists on the basis of the evidence."

You can check out the whole article here. 

You can buy Meldrum's book, Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science, here. Find his Sasquatch Field Guide here.

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