There Be Dragons Bigfoot. Abominable Snowman. Loch Ness. Real animals or mythical monsters? Do you believe in the existence of any of these creatures? Do you believe in something that you can’t prove?
Learning Mind explores these questions with their “Top 10 Things We Believe in Without Proof” article. stating “empirical evidence gives us a choice of what to believe, but even when we do not have solid evidence to support the existence of something, we tend to “expand” our faith in certain things.”
Cryptids lead this top 10 list. Yes, cryptids, which are defined as creatures whose existence has not been proven by science. There are uncountable amateur photos and eyewitness observations that make us believe in the existence of these creatures, even if their presence on Earth is not officially recognized.
Which is one way to say it’s all rubbish.
It doesn’t mean that people still don’t believe – while one group says that the existence of cryptids cannot be proven, the other says you can’t prove that they don’t. There are plenty of websites that describe cryptids beyond Bigfoot (which includes the famous Patterson-Gimlin footage featured above).
There are also maps available that document noted cryptids throughout North America. There might be a monster closer to you than you think.
So why do people believe in cryptids, and other things like UFOs and ghosts? Scientific American explores to what extent “cognitive thinking styles” are predictive of believing in the paranormal after experiencing an “uncanny” event. Those who embrace “magical thinking”, or the strong belief of one’s own intuition, seem to be more likely hold supernatural beliefs.
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