Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Amateur Primatology is Bigfooting


We talked to a seasoned Bigfooter the other night and he compared Bigfooting to amateur astronomy. Immediately we "got it," and thought it was a perfect analogy. Why? Let's see what Wikipedia has to say on the subject of amateur astronomy.

Amateur astronomy, also called backyard astronomy, is a hobby whose participants enjoy watching the night sky (and the day sky too, for sunspots, eclipses, etc.), and the plethora of objects found in it, mainly with portable telescopes and binoculars.

Even though scientific research is not their main goal, many amateur astronomers make a contribution to astronomy by monitoring variable stars, tracking asteroids and discovering transient objects, such as comets. Such efforts are one of the relatively few ways interested amateurs can still make useful contributions to scientific knowledge.

Its that last sentence that's the kicker. Just the same as amateur astronomers monitor, record, study and report. We too, are contributing to science as amateur primatologist.

Another sentence about amateur astronomy that we found inspiring was:

The typical amateur astronomer is one who does not depend on the field of astronomy as a primary source of income or support, and does not have a professional degree or advanced academic training in the subject.

Bigfoot Lunch Club has grown in the community and we have a lot of our readers to thank for it. In the spirit of tolerance and respect,we believe in truly open minds that are not afraid to question both the assumptions of science and the dogma of fanatics. Most importantly, we believe in a world bigger than the sum of our present knowledge that still holds mystery, wonder, and a place for a creature known as Bigfoot.

Thank you all you amateur primatologist--and the professional ones too!



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