We asked author Christopher Noël, to provide some resources to help give context to the two hours of interview we did with him.
Eric: What’s the best piece of evidence?
Christopher Noël: Though many genuine photos and video clips now exist, he best remains the 1967 Patterson film. By all rights, the Sasquatch issue should have been put to bed decades ago just based on this footage alone. The problem is a cognitive one: most viewers’ only experience of seeing an upright-walking primate is of seeing human beings; therefore, at the sight of the figure in the Patterson film, they reflexively think, “That must be a human wearing a suit.” Most people are content to leave the matter there rather than looking into the case more deeply and acutely. Any open-minded assessment of the footage will accomplish two things: 1. it will quickly rule out the possibility of a suit (such a realistic suit could not be fabricated even today, much less in 1967), and 2. it will allow for striking and decisive differences to emerge between the anatomy and locomotion of the figure and those of our own species. For what I consider to be the most convincing video analyses, go here.
Eric: Why do we not find their bodies or bones?
Christopher Noël: All large mammals tend to “go off to die,” and then the scavengers, insects, and microbes do the rest in short order. Wildlife biologists who study bears, for example, can spend their whole careers in the field and never come across a bear carcass or even a skeleton. And although thousands of Sasquatch exist in North America, there are probably at least one hundred bears for every Sasquatch. Furthermore, Sasquatch simply could not have been so overwhelmingly successful at what they do, avoiding discovery century after century, unless they were highly sensitive to our presence and our curiosity. Therefore, it is very likely that they “take care” of their dead, either through burial or through dispersal and or consumption of the bodies.
Eric: Why do people find it so hard to believe that Sasquatch exists?
Christopher Noël: Part of the reason is that the subject has been aggressively clouded by hoaxers and skeptics who wish to cast serious researchers in a negative light or to make a buck by fooling people.
Aside from this problem, the issue comes down to two possibilities, which are in fact the only two:
To put it mildly, this second possibility, though it happens to be the truth, nevertheless requires the mind to stretch beyond its accustomed conception of the forest and its inhabitants. This stretch leads some to seek an explanation in the mystical or supernatural realm, while others go in the opposite direction, into a sophisticated naturalism, an enhanced version of basic camouflage; I dare you to watch this on YouTube and not have your own concept of camouflage revolutionized.
I prefer a third type of explanation. Though yes, Sasquatch are perfectly evolved for their niche and able to blend into their surroundings with breathtaking mastery, their concealment and avoidance strategies must also go well beyond such visibility tricks.
In my view, the secret to their success has to lie in a cluster of inborn traits, the most important of which being cognition, their way of thinking. My new book explores this explanation in detail.
Christopher Noël provided these additional resources.
Some of the best videos, other than the Patterson film:
Videos From Chris Noel
Why “Big Red” is a Real Sasquatch
Morning Visits: A Sasquatch Listening Project Documentary
21 degrees between Bigfoot and You
ThinkerThunker – Creature in the Giant Sequoias (Bigfoot)
Books By Chris Noel