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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Bernard Heuvelmans Quotes

These are some of my favorite quotes, all three from the "Father of Cryptozoology," Bernard Heuvelmans:

"The Fear of the Unknown is overcome only by experience. Once something has been examined, analyzed, tested, and thus known, it is possible to face it. It may still inspire mistrust or provoke flight, but it can no longer cause on uncontrollable terror. That also applies to the Horror Of Novelty; experience teaches us that something new is often better than something old and thus preferable. So, Science, even in its most modest form, is the best possible tool for facing the unforeseen dangers of the Unknown, and of the New, which is after all only the Unknown in time. It is so obvious: to adapt to the inconveniences of the unknown, one should try to know it! That is the role of Science! There is irony in the idea that emotionally based incredulity should play a role in scientific enquiry. To do so would have Science denying its own foundation. Isn't it by definition the exploration of the unknown? If it abandons that role, it has no reason to exist."

"Cryptozoological research should be actuated by two major forces: patience and passion."

"Have pity on them all, for it is we who are the real monsters."

Bernard Heuvlemans


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