Bigfoot will be discovered and proven to science quite soon. I am quite sure it will happen before my death in 30 or so years.
The discovery of Bigfoot, which will come soon, will be one of the greatest biological discoveries in history. It will be a paradigm-changer as they say. People may go crazy in the US and react in all sorts of unpredictable ways. Revolutionary type movements may begin along with messianic or new and changed religious forces.
Bigfoot’s discovery could have major political implications, with redneck White idiots reacting n mass movements this or that way in reaction to the discovery. Either the Democrats or Republicans may be hammered or helped at the polls.
Political parties, notably the Republicans, will probably demogogue the issue. Large groups of stupid Whites may treat Bigfoots like wolves and call for their extermination. The Republicans will probably say that Bigfoot still does not exist and ignore the science. They will then try to force the Democrats to acknowledge that Bigfoots exists to force them into a corner.
The Dems are already seen as the party of the subhuman non-White niggers and spics, and now there will be many jokes about the Dems as the ape party of niggers, Bigfoots, beaners and other subhumans. White nationalists will go absolutely insane over the discovery, but it is hard to say how they will act.
We will need new legislation. There will need to be hunting regulations for Bigfoot and laws about whether or not it is legal to take one. As Bigfoot is very close to humans, these laws will be very controversial. People killing Bigfoots may go down on homicide charges. If Bigfoots are seen as semi-humans, how to we react when they damage property, threaten people, raid farms and orchards and kill livestock, as they do all of these things regularly. When is it permissible to shoot one? If a Bigfoot is killing your dog, can you shoot it or not?
Since Bigfoots are dangerous to humans, how can we deal with them? Do we want more of them or fewer of them? Should we allow people to harass them or order people to leave them alone? When is it ok, if ever, to shoot a Bigfoot?
The environmental issue is massive. Environmental groups will demogogue the issue and probably try to lock up even more public forestland to protect the Bigfoots. The Right will go nuts and say Bigfoot is a plot to lock up the forests. In the West, Republican state governments will probably offer bounties on them or encourage hunters to slaughter every Bigfoot in the state, as they are doing with wolves. If Bigfoots have no endangered species protection, no one could stop these state efforts.
Environmental groups will probably try to get Bigfoots listed as endangered, but this will be hard to do since there is little no good scientific data on numbers, population trends, etc.
Are Bigfoots humans or animals? This is an excellent question and opens up all sorts of weird legal angles. We have laws dealing with humans, which generally assumes some agency and understanding on the part of humans, and laws dealing with animals, which assumes that they have little to no agency or understanding. To what extent are Bigfoots like humans in terms of agency or understanding, and to what extent are they just another unpredictable wild animal governed by instinctive reactions?
There is a strong religious angle. New Agers, of which there are many, will go insane with the news of Bigfoot’s discovery. These folks already feel that Bigfoot is in with the UFO types – that is, Bigfoot comes on spaceships or the spaceships leave the Bigfoots.
50% of Americans are fundamentalist Christian shithead Creationists who think that humans showed up in the last 10,000 years. These dipshits totally reject the theory of evolution.
Bigfoot has major implications for evolutionary theory, in particular for the evolution of Homo sapiens ourselves. How will the religious dipshits react to the discovery?
Believe it or not, I think that Bigfoot is capable of breeding with humans, and there is a documented case from Abkhazia in the 1800’s. Many Indian tribes say that Bigfoot raided villages to steal young women. These women were taken back to the Bigfoot group. In some cases, the women escaped and came back to the Indians. In other cases, they bred with Bigfoots and produced Bigfoot-human hybrids who were more or less like normal people.
Evidence from the Zana case in Abkhazia shows that Bigfoot-human hybrids look and act like normal humans, while having some primitive features. They are quite quick to anger and get into many fights. Their strength is described as superhuman. However, they learn language, work at jobs and are otherwise unremarkable.
We have no laws on humans breeding with nonhumans, since it is not thought possible. However, humans and Bigfoots can breed. With the discovery, I am sure that some nuts will somehow try to capture or breed with a Bigfoot.
New legal theory opens up. Should this be allowed or made illegal? What should be done with the offspring. At the moment, Bigfoots are far too wild for much breeding with humans to occur, but this may change.
Should it be legal to have sex with a Bigfoot? Can you marry one? Bestiality is against the law in many states. Is human – Bigfoot sex bestiality or does it fall under laws governing human – human sex? You cannot marry an animal. But could you marry a Bigfoot?
The skeptical – scientific community will have egg all over their faces after the discovery, but they will carry on regardless After all, they reject everything until there is evidence. With evidence, they accept X as truth. The discovery of Bigfoot, with snarky to vicious rejection followed by embarassed admittance of truth, has many precedences in science, and follows from empiricism. Science will carry on nonetheless.
Soon someone will shoot and kill a Bigfoot and display it for science before authorities can cart it away. Will this person go down in history like Mary Leakey or like Lee Harvey Oswald? What will the law do with him? Arrest him? Prosecute him? He will receive many death threats from animal lovers. On the civil side, will there be lawsuits, since Bigfoot is so human? Will the legal fees break him? Will he become a millionaire from the publicity?
Hard evidence for Bigfoot will likely come from a body produced in one state. A single body from a single region, possibly from the Pacific Northwest. If one is discovered in Washington, the skeptical idiots and the Republicans will say that Bigfoot is only proven to exist in Washington, probably only in one part of the state.
Barring DNA sequencing, you will need a body in every state to prove they exist there. Likely feds and Republicans will only admit they exist in say the Washington state Cascades and deny they exist everywhere else. As with the wolverine, all engangered species act listing attempts will be rejected on the circular grounds of lack of evidence. But then the evidence will be almost impossible to gather.
Good DNA sequencing may well occur in the near future. Then we may be able to document their existence in other places.
There are serious implications for philosophy. What does it mean, after all, to be human? The existence of Bigfoot calls into question many of our beliefs about humans and their difference from animals.