I apologize if this is a little long. To get to the meat of my post scroll down about half way to the bold words.
I'm new to this whole forum posting thing so I kinda feel like I should introduce myself. I live in the city in Southern CA and so never had an official Bigfoot encounter although, now that I think about it, I very well may have been watched by one in Big Bear, CA as I was walking a dog solo at dusk. Talk about an uneasy feeling. After reading about the various "Missing 411" books and listening to some of those interviews, I'm starting to think maybe I should be thankful that I was only being watched instead of watched, snatched, and munched.
Since I'm not a Bigfoot or a wild animal expert, I always feel like I don't have anything of real value to contribute, and I usually find myself on the sidelines just reading around here and there, occasionally not getting any sleep (especially if I stare at that big angry looking guy at the top for too long.)
But all that's about to change thanks to a Psych 1 class at my local community college. I always knew school was a good thing.
We just finished our introduction to science and research, and now have our own little research assignment on correlations to conduct. And so, in the name of science, I'm collecting data from at least 10 people on a correlation of my choice. It has to be something I'm interested in, so naturally I picked Bigfoot. And since I would like legitimate data instead of, say, inappropriate pictures and trolls, here I am (as opposed to Craigslist, YouTube, and the like.)
The question I'd like to explore: Is there a correlation between the number of hours a person spends in the wilderness doing whatever (hiking, camping, hunting, Bigfoot research, skiing, etc.) and their degree of confidence in Bigfoot's existence or nonexistence?
If this sounds interesting to you and you'd like to participate I just need you to answer two questions (no need for justifications, explanations, etc. unless you really want to include those. I'm more interested in the numbers as a whole.):
- How many hours do you spend in the wilderness on average a month? (Doing whatever.) Your best approximation is fine. I'm not going for a publication in Science or anything.
- How confident are you that Bigfoot exists or doesn't exist on a scale of 1 to 10?
1 being you are completely positive Bigfoot doesn't exist (0% chance Bigfoot exists)
5 being you are neutral on the subject (50/50 chance Bigfoot exists)
10 being you are completely positive Bigfoot exists (100% Bigfoot exists)
I will not be collecting any personal information such as real names, user names, email, gender, etc. or spamming anybody. This is a strictly confidential graph I'm creating. I'm here to learn, not to annoy.
Thank you all in advance for participating! I'm looking forward to creating this graph!