Explore the weird phenomena that surround the Big Thicket area of Texas. With bizarre sightings and experiences that have spanned cultures and centuries, the region has been of special interest to instructor and researcher Rob Riggs. Investigate the various sightings reported in Southeast Texas and learn how such phenomena constitute genuine scientific unknowns, rather than exaggerated tall-tales.
• Discuss Big Foot sightings, including the history of the wild hairy primate and current activity
• Learn about the standing Ghost Light Phenomenon
• Contextualize these phenomena within ancient mythologies
• Apply modern scientific theory to show the potential for knowledge behind the phenomena
• Compare American skepticism with the different philosophic, scientific and theological views in other countries
Rob Riggs is a veteran Texas journalist whose thirty plus years of investigating the mysteries of the Big Thicket’s weird phenomena have led to his authoring or co-authoring three published books on the subject.
Requirements: Purchase of the instructor’s two books, “In the Big Thicket” and “Bigfoot: Exploring the Myth and Discovering the Truth” directly from him during class for $25 is recommended, but not required. They may also be purchased from Nook or Kindle as e-books for about $20 total.
Through special arrangement with its authors, the NAWAC is making available an analysis of the Todd Standing “Sylvanic” video subjects performed by Phil Poling and Daniel Falconer.
Preface: Critical Examination of Standing/Sylvanic Bigfoot Videos. Drawing from their respective fields of expertise for a combined examination, Phil Poling (formally trained in photography and with a twenty year law enforcement background) and Daniel Falconer (seventeen years working for special effects company and writer of numerous books on film special effects) have come together to analyze Todd Standing’s claimed bigfoot videos. Compiling their observations and reasoning in freely available, illustrated PDF, Falconer and Poling hope this document will be of help to readers who wish to critically examine Standing’s videos and draw their own conclusions. Poling and Falconer had never been in contact or worked with each other before, but their conclusions, reached independently and with the benefit of very different backgrounds, were practically identical.
Riggs, veteran journalist of the cryptozoological world of bigfoot research, speaks about the Sasquatch framed within an exploration of “shape-shifting shamans, altered states of consciousness, and mysterious energies.” Sat., July 26, 7pm. Free.
Even though sightings of both Bigfoot and UFOs occurring at the same times and places are not uncommonly reported by eyewitnesses, the concurrence of such events is generally dismissed as coincidental, and any possible substantial connection between the two phenomena is not considered a matter of serious inquiry. Rob Riggs and Tom Burnette, co-authors of Bigfoot: Exploring the Myth and Discovering the Truth, discuss the possible connection.