Using the anchor of critical thought to examine our world

Not sure at all what to think of this: Mysterious tall creature reported In Pennsylvania. It’s a fantastic story. But, what does one do with such a story? There are no established facts outside of remarks from one witness. No other evidence. As much as we would like to, it’s impossible to determine what the witness observed with any certainty.

A story can tell us where to look to for something but I’m very unclear what the witness may be describing and what we might be on the lookout for….

The creature never looked at the witness, and was only observed from its side. The head appeared to be flat in the front section, and then rounded out. “At the top back of skull, it was like one of those aerodynamic helmets. The top was not quite a point, but looked like a ridge on top of  the head.” The face was flat, and the eyes were not clearly defined, but the man thought that they might have been pointed in the corner. The ear that was observed on the left side was long and flat, and came up and back and was pointed backwards like a flap.

The arms were muscular and a little longer than that of a human. The hands looked more like a claw, but the number of fingers was unclear. One physical trait that stood out was the extremely muscular legs. The witness stated that it was hard to explain, but the legs did not move like that of a human, and “looked like they bent backwards.” The witness also saw what appeared to be wings on its back which were tucked into its body, with the wing tips extending toward the side of its head.

The witness went back to try to ascertain how tall the creature might be.

The ground conditions were not suitable for tracks, and nothing was found. The witness did, however, measure the road sign that the creature had walked in front of. The sign was just over 8 feet high, and the head of the creature was estimated to have reached about 4 inches above the sign.

It is frustrating to hear such a story such as this and have no other evidence. Also, we don’t know what is missing from the story? We know nothing about the circumstances and what might be more reasonable explanations.

For decades, people have reported strange creature sightings in Pennsylvania. It is also unsatisfying to most paranormal believers when I say, I can’t do a darn thing with a story. I must assume the witness saw something and is not lying but I can’t guess what he saw. If you are asking me to accept from just this story that the witness saw a creature unknown to humans, with features that are unknown to exist anywhere in the natural world, you are asking too much. It’s too extraordinary to accept on such a basis. Instead, I must withhold judgment.

You can document stories for a lifetime and have nothing to show for it. If we are to say weird things are out there, we need more than tales. Otherwise, they are just folklore — no different than giants, witches, elves, dragons, fairies, mermaids and unicorns.

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