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Can MIT Help Solve the Mystery of Bigfoot?
Boston Magazine ^ | 26 Mar 2014 | Steve Annear

Posted on 03/27/2014 10:36:11 AM PDT by Theoria

Matt Knapp thinks that Bigfoot research is a mess right now.

“The facts are that in terms of progress, the Bigfoot research community has ultimately made none. We are no closer now to proving these creatures exist than we were 40 years ago,” Knapp told Boston.

Knapp blames the setbacks on the digital age, and the amount of misinformation being spread in the form of photos and videos online. That, and the fact that more people seem to be trying to cash in on what they claim are legitimate Bigfoot sightings. “Self admittedly, up to this point, we have not had anything worth presenting as real evidence of this creature’s existence. If we want scientists to get involved, we have to go by their standards, not our anecdotal ones,” he said.

To help filter out the phonies and fakes all trying to make a quick buck on something he believes in, Knapp is asking those vested in Bigfoot research to rely on technology built out of MIT to prove that the truth is out there.

Knapp, who runs a blog called “Bigfoot Crossroads,” a personal site with updates about all things Sasquatch, recently stumbled upon an invention created by students and researchers in the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab in Cambridge in 2012, called “Eulerian Video Magnification.”

EVM is essentially a software that allows users to break down videos to reveal things in them that are invisible to the naked eye.


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TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: bigfoot; camera; cryptobiology; cryptozoology; gigo; godsgravesglyphs; imagetechnology; mattknapp; mit
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More info on the image technology.

Scientists Uncover Invisible Motion in Video Really fascinating. MIT has put up the source code so you can run it through various videos.

Eulerian Video Magnification for Revealing Subtle Changes in the World

You can upload your video here.

Famous Patterson Film via EVM[Youtube]

1 posted on 03/27/2014 10:36:11 AM PDT by Theoria
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To: Theoria

Supposed Bigfoot filmed by Les Stroud’s camera crew from the Survivorman tv show.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owMa58zO8gs


2 posted on 03/27/2014 10:38:00 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Theoria
We are no closer now to proving these creatures exist than we were 40 years ago

I guess it's out of the question that they just don't exist.

3 posted on 03/27/2014 10:40:16 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: Theoria
“We are no closer now to proving these creatures exist than we were 40 years ago...”

I can think of one pretty good reason why that might be.

5 posted on 03/27/2014 10:48:41 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.")
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To: bkepley

Every creature in the forest at one time or another gets hit on a highway somewhere. Deer, moose, elk, beaver, coyote, etc., etc.

But never a Bigfoot.


6 posted on 03/27/2014 10:49:16 AM PDT by FAA
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To: Theoria

Bobo not happy...

7 posted on 03/27/2014 10:49:46 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: bkepley
I guess it's out of the question that they just don't exist.

Hey, 97% of Cryptozoologist believe Bigfoot exists, therefore they have consensus.

You are an Anti-science Denier

8 posted on 03/27/2014 10:52:03 AM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: FAA

If they do exist, they would have the intelligence enough to know enough about the rules of the road to avoid getting hit.


9 posted on 03/27/2014 10:53:23 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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bfl


11 posted on 03/27/2014 10:54:11 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Theoria

“Bigfoot” does not exist as a separate species. If there were more than one they would be much easier to find than just one. If there is only one it would have to be practically immortal given the amount of time that it has been around. Therefore it would have to be supernatural. That puts it in the realm of ghosts and vampires. I don’t think MIT will find them either.

If there were more than one Bigfoot they would have to reproduce. There would be mama Bigfoots and daddy Bigfoots and baby Bigfoots. Whole Bigfoot families. Teenage Bigfoot gangs. It wouldn’t be difficult at all to find them. All it would take would be a mama Bigfoot dying in an accident to strand a young Bigfoot which would then be found by people.

The other arguments are that the area is so vast that they elude detection and that they are so smart that they avoid humans. Those are speculative at best and are not proof any more than trying to prove God exists by saying everything is too complex to be accidental.


12 posted on 03/27/2014 10:56:00 AM PDT by webheart (Watch out for the bots! They will disagree with you!)
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To: Theoria

I sure hope they can help solve this mystery. It’s one I’ve been very interested in ever since I was a kid!


13 posted on 03/27/2014 10:57:48 AM PDT by MNDude
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To: FAA

That’s because there are no bigfoot crossing signs. Don’t you know that’s what gets those other critters hit?


14 posted on 03/27/2014 10:58:43 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand (Bear His image. Bring His message. Be the Church.)
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To: Theoria

The only mystery of bigfoot is how it’s still possible to make good money off of books and TV “reality” shows while finding nothing decade after decade.


15 posted on 03/27/2014 10:59:08 AM PDT by ReignOfError
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To: bkepley

I don’t know if Bigfoot exists or not. I do find entertainment value in the search though. This guy, Knapp, sound so much like every liberal. He believes 1st then seeks proof. I guess it pushes technology and that’s great. But from what I’ve seen, most these conclusion 1st types seem to only include data that bolsters their claim. I’ll continue to enjoy the stories though.


18 posted on 03/27/2014 11:05:42 AM PDT by spudville
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To: FAA
Every creature in the forest at one time or another gets hit on a highway somewhere. Deer, moose, elk, beaver, coyote, etc., etc.

But never a Bigfoot.


That's because the Mothman keeps him out of trouble.

I thought everybody knew that...
19 posted on 03/27/2014 11:06:39 AM PDT by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: Hoffer Rand

I have never been able to figure out how deer or ducks are smart enough to figure out how to cross at those signs, yet are not smart enough to look both ways.


20 posted on 03/27/2014 11:07:45 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: Theoria

The only thing harder to find than bigfoot is the Obamadork’s real birth certificate...that is, if quotaboy actually has one.


21 posted on 03/27/2014 11:15:37 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Theoria

There are still large areas in this country that a human being has yet to set his foot on since we went westward....

There are water tributaries that we have never even seen nor have traveled on yet...

Bigfoot....may be out there.... I for one will not be suprised when we find one....


22 posted on 03/27/2014 11:18:08 AM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

This will be too far down the thread to get any good traction, but here’s my observation after looking at the video.

Given the apparent recent snow...they must have an awesome collection of footprints in the snow and mud.

I would take the absence of such on the show to be indicative of a hoax.


23 posted on 03/27/2014 11:22:53 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost ("Just look at the flowers, Lizzie. Just look at the flowers.")
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To: Lee'sGhost

Considering how many people have witnessed seeing these things in the US and other places around the globe plus the legends about them from native cultures that date back at least hundreds of years, people are seeing something. What exactly it is I have no idea.

But if the vid is authenticate then those things sure are creepy, almost to the point of otherworldly.


24 posted on 03/27/2014 11:27:23 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Theoria
I think the aliens from the pink planet took their pets home, -big foot, abominable snowman and the lochness monster.
25 posted on 03/27/2014 11:33:41 AM PDT by Vinylly (?)
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To: FAA

They look both ways?


26 posted on 03/27/2014 11:33:41 AM PDT by Defiant (Let the Tea Party win, and we will declare peace on the American people and go home.)
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To: Theoria

What’s to prove? There are no Bigfoots, Yetis, chupacabras, or Loch Ness monsters.


27 posted on 03/27/2014 11:39:33 AM PDT by attiladhun2 (The Free World has a new leader--his name is Benjamin Netanyahu)
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To: Theoria; All

Is, or is not the Patterson film a fake?

Has it ever been shown to be one or the other?

We have all seen it many times. Opinion?


28 posted on 03/27/2014 12:02:55 PM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: Theoria

He’s not that much of a mystery. Gigantopithecus, thought to be extinct, is not. He’s rare and cautious of humans, and mostly lives in places where access is difficult.

There are simply too many stories from all over the world over many hundreds of years that describe the same creature for it to be a hoax.

That’s not to say that an individual sighting, tracks, etc. might not be a hoax.


29 posted on 03/27/2014 12:05:59 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Gadsden1st
I have never been able to figure out how deer or ducks are smart enough to figure out how to cross at those signs, yet are not smart enough to look both ways.

And that really shouldn't be too hard to do, because both deer and ducks' eyes are on the sides of their heads, so they're pretty much already looking in both directions. And yet...splat. Tragic.

30 posted on 03/27/2014 12:06:23 PM PDT by Hoffer Rand (Bear His image. Bring His message. Be the Church.)
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To: webheart
All it would take would be a mama Bigfoot dying in an accident to strand a young Bigfoot which would then be found by people.

That may have happened at a Canadian lumber camp back in the 1800's. A young creature fitting the description of bigfoot was found by lumbermen and taken to their camp. They named it Jacko. The story can be found in Ivan T. Sanderson's book, Abominable Snowmen, Legend Come To Life. It was written back in the sixties, I think.

I don't recall what happened to Jacko, though, and my library can't find the book.

31 posted on 03/27/2014 12:16:54 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed

After I wrote that I searched “Jacko creature Canada”. Here is the link to the story: http://www.bigfootencounters.com/


32 posted on 03/27/2014 12:22:46 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed

Wrong link; that’s the site link, not the story link.


33 posted on 03/27/2014 12:33:03 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Theoria

Bookmarked.


34 posted on 03/27/2014 12:36:44 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: JimRed

Yes, there are many reports of encounters all over Western North America (Bigfoot, Sasquatch, etc.), but it’s kinda like UFOs - if they’re so common, how come no one with a high-resolution camera ever manages to get a close-up picture?


35 posted on 03/27/2014 12:48:16 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: Joe 6-pack

These “Big Foot Researchers” destroyed any hope that I had to the effect there may really be a Big Foot. After viewing Bo Bo and company I am absolutely sure that Big Foot does not exist. So sad!


36 posted on 03/27/2014 12:54:18 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: woodbutcher1963

I tend to think it was staged by Patterson and a man in an ape suit.


37 posted on 03/27/2014 12:57:55 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Theoria

Why not apply this “genius” to global warming, something that really matters.


38 posted on 03/27/2014 1:14:47 PM PDT by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: woodbutcher1963

To answer your question, you might find this interesting:

http://www.bfro.net/news/korff_scam.asp


39 posted on 03/27/2014 2:05:39 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: Theoria

“Research” in trying to make the perfect monkey suit or rendering perfect CGI, all for trying to present false evidence in favor of Atheism/Idolatry.


40 posted on 03/27/2014 2:51:33 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...
Thanks Theoria. I watched the sample of the processed Patterson film, was appalled by the faux-spooky soundtrack, and was reminded of the processing of the image of the "Face on Mars". This research looks ludicrous, and I'm generally receptive to the possibility of the critter's (or s') existence.

41 posted on 03/27/2014 4:57:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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You gotta bait 'em with Blueberry Bagels!
42 posted on 03/27/2014 5:01:25 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi

I won’t share my blueberry bagels with anybody! ;’)

I remember that topic, Newaygo Co is rural, but not nearly as much as it used to be. I have my doubts about her story, particularly “a family of ten of them”. :’)


43 posted on 03/27/2014 5:08:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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To: shibumi

I thought ya had to use Jack Links beefjerky.


44 posted on 03/27/2014 5:09:02 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: MHGinTN
I thought ya had to use Jack Links beefjerky.

Compared to what they would eat out in the woods (if they exists), Jack Links beef jerky is a big step up on the evolutionary ladder, LOL.

45 posted on 03/27/2014 5:17:29 PM PDT by The Cajun (tea party!!!, Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: Inyo-Mono; woodbutcher1963

Thanks Inyo-Mono. If Patterson had just shot the thing, there wouldn’t be any need to examine the film. :’) The camera he used had a FPS adjustment, which of course confounds the analyses (this was pointed out by Krantz).


46 posted on 03/27/2014 5:21:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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To: Jonty30; MNDude; Popman; Jack Hydrazine; JimRed

The late Grover Krantz wanted a type specimen, and suggested that the only way to get one would be to hunt one down from the air, since the wild areas where they’re reported aren’t easy to cover on the ground, plus the critter can pretty much disarticulate a human in a few seconds.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grover_Krantz#Bigfoot_research


47 posted on 03/27/2014 5:21:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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http://www.amazon.com/Bigfoot-Sasquatch-Evidence-Grover-Krantz/dp/0888394470


49 posted on 03/27/2014 5:27:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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To: RoosterRedux

You are wicked...


50 posted on 03/27/2014 5:27:56 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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