This is a assignment i got from one of my professors last week. I turned the paper in today. [img]/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif[/img]
"Is it possible to design a controlled protocol for evaluation of crop circles? You are testing the hypothesis that humans cannot produce them."
And a clip from my answer directly pertaining to this.
"A site where a significant number of circles appear at a regular basis will be chosen. This area will be blocked off to all foot and vehicular traffic to control for some visitor coming in and making a hoax themselves. Hidden video monitors will be stationed to cover the entire test area. Time stamps will be recorded on all monitors and also each monitor will be fitted to work at night and during the day. The test period will be one month to increase the chances of getting a hit. Samples of crop material taken at regular intervals in the study area will be a control to test for changes in the crop material itself. These changes will test for the changes reported by Levengood in his paper on the effects shown on plants within crop circles. The weather and wind conditions will be recorded during the entire experiment to rule out wind vortexes (or other weather phenomena) causing the phenomena.
After the experiment is done, and if a crop circle appeared, samples will be taken of the crop material. The crop material will be taken from within the circle and outside the circle. Then it will be compared to the control test subjects and see if there are any differences. Then the video will be reviewed to see what physically caused the circle.
This same experiment will simultaneously go on in 4 other fields of similar composition (same plant type) and geography to minimize errors.
This experiment can only test that it was not made by human means. If no crop circle appears, it does not rule out that the circles are being made by extra-terrestrials or some strange weather effect. If the circles reappear directly after the experiment it will be highly suspicious of hoaxing, but extra-terrestrial origin for the circles cannot be ruled out. The only way that this experiment, or any reasonable experiment can succeed in proving a non-human origin is if a circle forms in the test area and either the cameras or the weather data picks up the thing responsible for it. "
And my bibliography (or works cited your choice.)
"Levengood WC “Anatomical anomalies in crop formation plants”. Physiologia Plantarum 92: 356-363. 1994.
Nickell J, Fisher JF “The crop-circle phenomenon: An investigative report.” Skeptical Inquirer 16. 1992.
Thomas, Andy. “THE CROP CIRCLE PHENOMENON - A BEGINNERS GUIDE”. Swirled News http://www.swirlednews.com/crop.asp. 2001.
Tell me your ideas and what you guys and gals think.
How can i improve my experiment?
Can you design a better one?
This is all speculation, no actual experiment involved.
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