Big Foot

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Bigfoot->Bigtalel Critical Reasoning 1210 The Claim: The "weird" claim is that there is a population of large hairy "ape men" (a non-human missing link) that grow to be up to seven and a half feet tall that are known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch that live in the Northwest part of the United States. Bigfoot is a previously undiscovered creature that inhabits the Pacific Northwest of the United States and other various mountainous areas around the world but has never been conclusively proven to exist. My contention is that there is no such thing as Bigfoot and that there is no credible evidence for the existence of Bigfoot, furthermore I intend to show that the existence of Bigfoot is not the best explanation for what people may think…show more content…
Another option to test the hypothesis is to cut down all of the trees in the United States (unfortunately could someday be a reality) leaving no place for Bigfoot to hideout this would also be sufficient and provide us with an answer, so in theory both hypotheses are testable. The second criterion in the Criteria of Adequacy is the idea of fruitfulness. This is the question of does the hypotheses predict hither to unknown things? And yes this hypothesis does predict unknown things. One of the things that this theory predicts is that there is an entirely undiscovered group of animals somewhere on the evolutionary scale; we should find fossils and remains of ancient Big people. But, the catch with fruitfulness is that the things predicted have to be confirmed and there is no information, in the hypothesis that Bigfoot does exist, that has been confirmed. So, I give this hypothesis a score of 0 on a scale of 0 to 5. Scope is the next criteria to be weighed when all things are equal. On this criterion I rank the hypothesis of Bigfoot existing higher then fruitfulness. The fact that casts have been made from alleged footprints of Bigfoot cannot be ignored and these prints are known but unexplained data and the hypothesis, which says Bigfoot does exist, would account for the prints. The catch here is that many of the prints are disputed because the print that first gathered the most attention and set off a firestorm of Bigfoot
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