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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.
            Here, our problem is defined as finding the solution to the Bigfoot phenomenon.

Step 2) Define the goals and plans used to solve the problem.
            One must organize research efforts and direct planning
            to 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.
            Promotes an organized effort to obtain reports,
            search, explore, gather new evidence, and document the results.

Step 4) Generate creative and logical alternative solutions.
            Make enough follow-up observations to rule out all other possibilities, such as
            common animals, misidentifications, and hoaxes. Always seek alternative solutions even
            when the answer already seems clear. The most probable answer always takes precedence
            until the improbable can be substantiated. 

Step 5) Evaluate the evidence.
            Maintains a database of all activities and reports in order to
            be able to scientifically analyze and evaluate information. Statistics can then be applied to
            find trends and relationships.  

Step 6) Make an educated guess (hypothesis).
            When enough information and evidence is found, certain hypotheses are developed. For 
            us, 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
            constructive criticism in order to learn and develop better hypotheses. If the hypotheses cannot
            withstand 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.
            The goal of any study is to find the correct solution based on all viable evidence. A theory is
            a hypothesis that has been thoroughly tested, challenged, and shows repeatability. Current
            Bigfoot research has not yet reached this important step. 

Step 9) Suspend judgment.
            Even though a conclusion or theory has been reached, research must now keep an open
            mind 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
            errors.

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 and faulty
              conclusions will otherwise always come back to haunt the perpetrators.