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“Have pity on them all, for it is we who are the real monsters”*…

 

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The International Cryptozoology Museum is smaller than my apartment. It’s a big apartment, but it’s an even smaller museum.

The museum is located in a red-brick former industrial building in Portland, Maine. It shares a wall with Big J’s Chicken Shack, and so the International Cryptozoology Museum — the only museum in the world dedicated to the study and promotion of cryptozoology — smells wonderfully, overwhelmingly, of fried chicken…

Officially, cryptozoology is “the study of unknown, legendary, or extinct animals whose existence or survival to the present day is disputed or unsubstantiated.”

The International Cryptozoology Museum offers a slightly different definition. For the ICM, the discipline is “an exciting field that studies hidden and unconfirmed legendary animals, as a means to discover new species.”

The definition from the Oxford English Dictionary looks backwards. The animals are disputed and unsubstantiated. Their existence has not been proven. The ICM’s definition looks forward. The animals are hiding. Their discovery is imminent. There is something new to be found. The animals, or, more exactly, the cryptids — we’re talking Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, the Dover Demon, the Jersey Devil — they’re out there.

The International Cryptozoology Museum is a place of hope…

The search for surreptitious species at “Real Toads at the International Cryptozoology Museum.”  Visit the museum here.

* Bernard Heuvelmans (the father of cryptozoology and founder of the International Society of Cryptozoology), On the Track of Unknown Animals

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As we adumbrate the unfamiliar, we might send carefully-constructed birthday greetings to Sir Karl Raimund Popper; he was born on this date in 1902.  One of the greatest philosophers of science of the 20th century, Popper is best known for his rejection of the classical inductivist views on the scientific method, in favor of empirical falsification: A theory in the empirical sciences can never be proven, but it can be falsified, meaning that it can and should be scrutinized by decisive experiments. (Or more simply put, whereas classical inductive approaches considered hypotheses false until proven true, Popper reversed the logic: conclusions drawn from an empirical finding are true until proven false.)

Popper was also a powerful critic of historicism in political thought, and (in books like The Open Society and Its Enemies and The Poverty of Historicism) an enemy of authoritarianism and totalitarianism (in which role he was a mentor to George Soros).

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Written by LW

July 28, 2018 at 1:01 am

The Annals of Cryptozoology: The World a Million Years Ago…

The good folks at The Royal Reliquarian Museum (“For the Advancement of Aesthetic Anachronism”) have amassed a collection of 35mm stereographs–  images originally produced by Tru-Vue in the 1930s-1940s as 35mm positives meant to be viewed through their innovative bakelite ViewMaster-like apparatus.  Tru-Vue produced dozens of rolls on a wide variety of themes; the RRS and has begun with transfers of “Early Twentieth-Century Detroit” and the rather-more-amusing “World a Million Years Ago“:

As the RRM explains:

As its name suggests, this survey of the pre-historic world is more concerned with entertainment than real science or pedagogy. However, that does not explain the anachronisms, amateurish papier-mache  monster designs, or the gross misrepresentations of historical and scientific fact. It is difficult to tell whether the several cryptozoological  specimens, such as the “woolly rhinoceros” are a testament to the author’s special ignorance or to how far paleontology has come since the 40s…

See them all here.

As we admit that the dinosaurs have certainly changed a good bit since we were in elementary school, we might recall that it was on this date in 2008 that President George W, Bush signed the $700 Billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP)– a program under which the federal government purchased toxic assets and equity from threatened financial institutions– into law.

President Bush and his Brain Trust (source)

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