Saturday, January 26, 2013

Chupacabra in Pop culture

After Michael loaned me his book, Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to Solve Unexplained Mysteries, I was finally introduced to a credible source regarding the Chupacabra. the author Benjamin Radford is an expert on paranormal activity and solving the mysteries of their exsistance. His investigation of the beast led me to understand the pop culture phenomena the Chupacabra had become after it was "sighted", and that the Chupacabra in Puerto Rico and those sighted in Texas, which more resembled dogs, were two different things.

In the case of the Chupacabra he set out as a skeptic and used current events during the sighting to determine that the eye-witness description of the Chupacabra, that became the world-wide excepted appearance of the beast, was in fact based on a character from the 1990's science fiction movie Species named Sil. He confirmed the eye witness had seen this movie before the account and that it is what started the folklore regarding the beast.

This is a great source because Radford uses the Occam's Razor logic tool with all his investigations, a technique that affirms the hypothesis with the fewest assumptions is the logical answer. This in my eyes makes him very credible and the book very useful.

This book does not just cover Chupacabra but Nessie, Bigfoot, Ogopogo, and much more. It is available in the WWU library and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is researching one of those monsters.

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