Scientific Methodology Applied To Bigfoot Research
There are fundamental steps science uses to solve problems,
called The Scientific Method. These steps have been used for centuries to solve
problems and develop theories. The Scientific Method, which is found in most
entry level science textbooks, is the proven technique science uses to
develop new ideas and prove discoveries. Most of the world's current
technological success is due to this process, and there is no reason it can't be
applied to Bigfoot research as well. In Fact, it must be used by any serious
researcher, otherwise they will develop faulty theories, false evidence, and bad
data, making them the fool. Below are the basic steps of The Scientific Method,
and how they relate to our form of research.
Step 1) Define the problem that needs to be solved.
our problem is defined as finding the solution to the Bigfoot
Step 2) Define the goals and plans used to solve the problem.
must organize research efforts and direct planning
solve the problem. This is an on-going process, but one must put time
limits on the pursuit.
Step 3) Search, Explore, and Gather Evidence.
an organized effort to obtain reports,
explore, gather new evidence, and document the results.
Step 4) Generate creative and logical alternative solutions.
enough follow-up observations to rule out all other possibilities, such
common animals, misidentifications, and hoaxes. Always seek
alternative solutions even
the answer already seems clear. The most probable answer always takes
the improbable can be substantiated.
Step 5) Evaluate the evidence.
a database of all activities and reports in order to
able to scientifically analyze and evaluate information. Statistics can
then be applied to
trends and relationships.
Step 6) Make an educated guess (hypothesis).
enough information and evidence is found, certain hypotheses are
this statement may be that an actual Bigfoot exists or that a reason has
been found to
explain the phenomenon.
Step 7) Challenge the hypothesis.
Bigfoot researchers have often taken this important step as a personal
attack, and have
therefore omitted it, thereby misleading themselves and others. The
researcher must invite all
criticism in order to learn and develop better hypotheses. If the
scrutiny, then they are flawed, and research will have to revert to
a previous step
re-evaluate, gather more evidence, and develop new hypotheses.
Step 8) Reach a conclusion or theory.
goal of any study is to find the correct solution based on all viable
evidence. A theory is
hypothesis that has been thoroughly tested, challenged, and shows
Bigfoot research has not yet reached this important step.
Step 9) Suspend judgment.
though a conclusion or theory has been reached, research must now keep
to seek other solutions that may have led to other conclusions. This
avoids a dead end
conclusion that eventually conflicts with future discoveries. This is
how science corrects
Step 10) Take action to release the conclusion or theory.
After all conclusions have been properly tested and challenged, then the
information can be
released in the form of reports, books, and press releases. Premature
conclusions will otherwise always come back to haunt the perpetrators.