posted on Aug, 29 2010 @ 07:59 PM
A few things...
One, supernatural powers simply don't exist. Nothing out there can "hypnotize" a person, or fly without some sort of wings or "make things
happen." No old gypsy curses, no shapeshifting, no invisibility, that's all silly stuff.
Two. Eyes do not glow. They may on occasion reflect, but that requires a light source to hit the face. if you see someone claiming "all I saw
was a pair of glowing red eyes" then they're making crap up.
Three. Chimerae are false. There is no "half-human, half-rabbit" monstrosity. While it's entirely possible for an organism to have features that
superficially resemble those of another organism's, the "half and half and half" build-a-critter method simply doesn't function.
Four. if there's a local industry around it, then that might really be all that it is. People like making money, and if Chuckles the Swamp Monster
will bring dollars to town, then chuckles the Swamp Monster is going to become a feature of the local mythology.
Five. "Prove it doesn't exist" is not a valid argument. never has been, never will be. The burden of proof lies on the claimant.
six. Odds are very good that an undiscovered organism will actually have been discovered and "lost" in the past, or that it will be known from the
fossil record or at the very least, closely related to other known organisms. Nature can throw us surprises, but it's very unlikely we're going to
discover a whole new Order of mammals at this point, for instance.
Seven. Evolution happens. It's been a hundred million years since sauropods were a dominant land animal. You're not going to find an apatasaurus
anywhere, period. You might conceivably perhaps find a creature that shares an ancestor with the apatasaurs, but it's not going to be the same
critter. Even the modern living fossils have noticeable morphological differences - and assuredly genetic differences - from their long-fossilized