Friday, August 15, 2008
Now, I don't know if I'm proud of this, but I've spent a good amount of time-- think tens of hours over numerous sittings-- talking about the possibility of Bigfoot actually existing with my dissertation advisors. (For the record, it's two for and two against.) So when stories about Bigfoot come across the wire, it's always interesting to see what the Bigfoot hunters are up to.
I don't think Bigfoot is a reality. Usually the argument comes down to:
1) People have been looking for this creature(s) for quite a while now, and there hasn't been anything beyond shady evidence to show for it.
2) The scientists that look for Bigfoot-- they're not exactly at the top of their field. As such, any argument and evidence for Bigfoot's existence has to be taken with a grain of salt since it's probably not done in any sort of rigorous scientific manner.
3) Related to #2, it also stands to reason that if the possibility of Bigfoot existing were sufficiently large enough-- and p probably doesn't have to be too large-- then it would attract more academic effort. Maybe everyone is vastly underestimating p.
If we had any zoologists that read this blog, it'd be interesting to hear their take on the possibility of Bigfoot existing.