It’s 2014, and after an absence from the media of quite some time, the Bownessie lake monster has made headlines once more. Mr Matt Benefield got in touch with the West Morland Gazette to say he thought he might have captured the mysterious beast in a photograph he took when walking in Windermere on January 12th. Continue reading Give us a wave, Bownessie!
When I deliver talks to younger audiences my talks tend to focus on two ‘rules’.
1 – What we see isn’t always what is there;
2 – What we remember isn’t always what happened;
Our perception of things around us is often flawed for numerous reasons – we are pattern seeking creatures who see meaning where there is none. That meaning might be animals in clouds, knocking noises that seem to respond to questions you ask in a haunted house, or a picture frame falling off of the wall as you think about your deceased father. It might be a translucent figure in a photograph taken while on holiday, or it might be voice-like sounds on your Dictaphone when you heard none at the time of recording. Continue reading ‘I know what I saw’: a lesson in diplomacy
How can a person know a sound they hear is a Sasquatch if they cannot see the alleged Sasquatch, and if it isn’t on verifiable record what a Sasquatch sounds like? That is the question I asked Matt Moneymaker on Twitter that led to him telling me I wasn’t old enough to understand and should go an ask my parents. His reasoning was that many adults had asked him the same and had no problem accepting the answer that he knew because he’d heard Sasquatch before.