posted on Oct, 28 2011 @ 12:02 PM
1. If Bigfoot and similar creatures exist as described, then they would be a hominid or "manimal" species between humans (man) and apes
Such a discovery would challenge the distinction between humans and animals, and raise ontological questions about the human condition.
Both religion and science would have to change their teachings to accommodate it.
What such intelligent creatures (close relatives) know and think about us would cause social revolutions in thinking.
2. If Nessie was found, and she is indeed a prehistoric creature, it changes our way of thinking about history and about the "known" world at
3. Cryptozoology entails the incongruency between what we consider the "known world" and the unknown. It would cause us to question the construction
of reality that is presented to us.
It would challenge many received myths from our privileged discourses of science and religion.
4. Unknown species imply that our world is not conquered by human spillage and environmental destruction.
It would challenge imagery of the world as conquered and documented.
It would dent the hubris of our species somewhat.
It would also remind us that we should stop focusing on aliens and other planets, because contrary to popular beliefs in post-colonialism, we hardly
know anything about our own, and we should cease any further destruction, especially of the unexplored oceans.
5. The proof for Bigfoot-type species somewhere across the globe will remind us that "science" simply didn't want to know certain things
(deliberate ignorance), and our "knowledge" is dictated by what they decide to research in line with their materialistic paradigm.
Religion would have to scramble for some verses to explain it all (and there's enough verses in the Bible to explain pretty much whatever one finds),
and other ethical questions would focus on whether Bigfoot kids should go to some kind of school, or whether they can be considered a native tribe and
But mostly: it would remind us that civilization is not at an end, but that it is indeed at the edge of a new beginning, where our conceptual place in
the world will be different.
So I hope that a discovery of the radically new will destroy the ridiculous mindset of immanent destruction and apocalyptic pessimism, and restore our
wonder in the world and human existence.