Here’s an odd question: how many people here believe in the potential existence of things like bigfoot, yeti or the loch ness monster? just wondering.
When I was a little kid, I really wanted for these things to be true. I recall begging my father to order me the Time-Life book series I saw on TV, on bigfoot, loch ness monster, witches, UFOs, etc. So my father ordered them for me, and then as each one came in the series (in the mail every few weeks) we sat down and he read it with me.
He would critique all of the so called “evidence” by asking me questions that would lead me to ask my own questions or begin to doubt the story. He’d say “Gee, don’t you think that looks an awful lot like a frisbee, instead of a flying saucer? What do YOU think? If you wanted to make a pretend UFO, how would you do it?” Then we would make pretend UFOs out of pie tins and photograph them in the backyard, after flinging them in the air, trying to recreate the shots.
There were many books in the series. By the time the last of the books came in the mail, I was looking forward to sitting down with my dad and picking apart the evidence for myself. Happy memories with my dad, learning not to take things at face value.
I still have that entire Time-Life book series on my bookshelf - every volume. The series looks very odd amongst all my Dawkins, Sagan, and other books. But I’d never be rid of the series, it’s very special to me. My son enjoys reading them with me now, just like I did with my father.