Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Coffee and Science Keeps Bigfoot Research Alive

Science + Coffee = The continued pursuit of Sasquatch
Nautilus, a website that promotes science and its endless connections to our lives, explains how the design of a coffee experiment keeps Sasquatch research alive. In an article titled, "Why Science can't rule out Bigfoot: How the Null Hypothesis Keeps the Hairy Hominid Alive" Carl Zimmer does a great job explaining what the null hypothesis is and how it came about. It is a well-known that Dr. Jeff Meldrum considers Gigantopithecus as a Sasquatch ancestor, a null-hypothesis.

Read probably one of the greatest explanations of the Null Hypothesis and how coffee helped it come about.

People often think that the job of scientists is to prove a hypothesis is true—the existence of electrons, for example, or the ability of a drug to cure cancer. But very often, scientists do the reverse: They set out to disprove a hypothesis.

It took many decades for scientists to develop this method, but one afternoon in the early 1920s looms large in its history. At an agricultural research station in England, three scientists took a break for tea. A statistician named Ronald Fisher poured a cup and offered it to his colleague, Muriel Bristol.

Bristol declined it. She much preferred the taste of a cup into which the milk had been poured first.

“Nonsense,” Fisher reportedly said. “Surely it makes no difference.”

But Bristol was adamant. She maintained that she could tell the difference.

The third scientist in the conversation, William Roach, suggested that they run an experiment. (This may have actually been a moment of scientific flirtation: Roach and Bristol married in 1923.) But how to test Bristol’s claim? The simplest thing that Fisher and Roach could have done was pour a cup of tea out of her sight, hand it to her to sip, and then let her guess how it was prepared.

If Bristol got the answer right, however, that would not necessarily be proof that she had an eerie perception of tea. With a 50 percent chance of being right, she might easily answer correctly by chance alone.

Several years later, in his 1935 book The Design of Experiments, Fisher described how to test such a claim. Instead of trying to prove that Bristol could tell the difference between the cups of tea, he would try to reject the hypothesis that her choices were random. “We may speak of this hypothesis as the ‘null hypothesis,’ ” Fisher wrote. “The null hypothesis is never proved or established, but is possibly disproved, in the course of experimentation. Every experiment may be said to exist only in order to give the facts a chance of disproving the null hypothesis.”

Fisher sketched out a way to reject the null hypothesis—that Bristol’s choices were random. He would prepare eight cups, putting milk first into four of them, and milk second into the other four. He would scramble the cups into a random order and offer them to Bristol to sip, one at a time. She would then divide them into two groups—the cups that she believed had received milk first would go in one group, milk second in the other.

Bristol reportedly passed the test with flying colors, correctly identifying all eight cups. Thanks to the design of Fisher’s experiment, the odds that she would divide eight cups into two groups correctly by chance were small. There were 70 different possible ways to divide eight cups into two groups of four, which meant that Bristol could identify the cups correctly by chance only once out of every 70 trials.

Fisher’s test couldn’t completely eliminate the possibility that Bristol was guessing. It just meant that the chance she was guessing was low. He could have reduced the odds further by having Bristol drink more tea, but he could never reduce the chances she was guessing to zero.
You can read the entire article which also has some commentary about Bryan Sykes at the Nautilus.

And in an article about Sasquatch and coffee, we would be remiss if we didn't share where you can buy Sasquatch Coffee online. But the best coffee online at Sasquatch Coffee

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

$10 Million Bigfoot Bounty Winner Comes to HopsSquatch

10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty winner, Stacy Brown gathering evidence
"This is the problem, why you can't hunt with dumb-asses in the woods. They talk too god-damned much." --Stacy Brown referring to his competitors Matt and Julie

DATE: Sunday, August 17th
TIME: 12:30-4:00
WHERE: NW Quimby Lucky Lab  | 1945 NW Quimby St. Portland, OR 97209
WHO: Stacy Brown Jr. Winner of $10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty

Stacy Brown to Speak at HopsSquatch-Bigfoot & Beer Speakers Series

Stacy Brown, top winner of SPIKE TV’s $10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty will travel from Florida to Bigfoot territory to speak at Portland’s monthly Bigfoot and Beer Speaker series, HopsSquatch, on Aug 17th  at the NW Quimby Lucky Lab Beer Hall.  Doors open at 12:30 and the event runs until 4pm. 

Stacy Brown’s thermal footage first came to national notoriety in Nov 2013 on Animal Planet’s top rated show Finding Bigfoot, with an episode titled “Best Evidence Yet”.  Finding Bigfoot star Cliff Barackman took the thermal footage to the FLIR annual technology conference; and impressed engineers that the “bigfoot” thermal image was authentic and un-tampered. The footage notoriety assured Stacy Brown’s position as fan favorite going into $10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty. His no-nonsense good ol’ boy attitude continued to win new viewers and eventually the grand prize of $100,000 research grant.

"10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty" is the most ambitious and extensive hunt for the ever-elusive Sasquatch so far. The unique competition series featured nine teams comprised of lifelong Bigfoot hunters and big game hunters as they used groundbreaking scientific technology to comb the Pacific Northwest for undisputable proof of Bigfoot's existence in hopes of taking home one of the largest cash prizes in television history. 

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this historic event. Only $5 per person to attend, limited space available. Event will be held at Lucky Lab Beer Hall 1945 NW Quimby St, Portland, OR 97209

About HopsSquatch: In its third year, HopsSquatch has become a venue for Bigfoot enthusiasts and those that want to learn more about the elusive Sasquatch. Internationally known Bigfoot experts travel to this event for a chance to meet up with other enthusiasts and discuss their experiences.  Over 50 annual memberships have been sold, many from out of the area. Each event is at capacity, and continues to grow. For more information,

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Guy Edwards
Bigfoot Lunch Club

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