Is Cryptozoology a valid science?
Is Cryptozoology a valid science? That's a valid question. To which I am sure somewhere, there must be a valid answer. But since this is only my opinion, I could have voted no, as easily as I voted yes. Then you would have had to look on that side to read what I have to say. Most of the other articles have given a definition to the term, but let me do it one more time.
Cryptozoology as defined by Wikipedia is as follows. Cryptozoology (from Greek , kriptos, "hidden" + zoology; literally, "study of hidden animals") For once I'm almost at a loss for words here. But only almost.
So let's pull that definition apart. And here is where I almost got lost. The Study of hidden animals? Give me a break. To begin with. How do you study something that's hidden? That poses another question. If they're hidden, how do you even know where to look? And also, if their hidden, how do you know that they may, or may not be there in the first place? Ah they don't know all that. That's why there are only a few, and I mean few, that are applying honest scientific techniques, that would allow another scientist, by applying the same principals, to come to the exact same conclusion, every single time. That's science my friends.
Many on the yes side have cited examples of creatures that have that have been discovered, and a good example is, The Mountain Gorilla Another, and I don't think anyone mentioned it, is the coelacanth, a fish believed to have been extinct since the cretaceous period until one was discovered off the east coast of South Africa in 1938. Previously unknown species are being discovered every day of the week, but mostly by accident, as in the previous two examples. True once someone makes a new discovery of a previously unknown species, then science can take over from there and study to their hearts content. Also; most of what I said is being discovered every day are different species of bacteria. You know, little stuff. Microscopic stuff. Okay, Okay; and new life is always being discovered in the deepest depths of our oceans. But the guys doing that work are called Marine Biologists, and produce results we can all see in the next edition of Scientific American, or National Geographic. Not to be confused with a Cryptozoologist that have produced one very bad film of Bigfoot.
I have to say this just one more time. (Maybe) I love saying it anyway. Give me a break people! Bigfoot? Chupacobra? Oh how about Little Green Men From Outer Space? Or are they Cryptids? We can't see them either, so they must be hiding; just waiting to be discovered by some Cryptozoologist, and find his picture in next months, Science Fiction Monthly.
I guess I have to be serious here for a minute and give credit, where credit is due. I know some of these guys devote their time in earnest in the search of the unknown. Let's face it, wouldn't you like to wake up tomorrow morning and right there on CNN, right there on the little, or not so little screen is Willy Ley, shaking hands with none other than Harry Henderson, (If you remember that one). But it's not going to happen folks.