# Ancient Aliens – Falsifiability in Hypothesis Testing (8-1)

All along in this course i’ve beenteaching you terminology and strategies, however what i’ve really been doing isgiving you tools. Now we begin the part of the course wherein you’ll be trained touse these tools in exact approaches. Not is the task to make use of the hammer ofsum of x divided with the aid of n to pound a primary tendency nail.Now you will use all ofyour statistical tools, comply with speculation checking out guidelines, and build a realstatistical analysis. I will teach you about speculation checking out. So thatmeans that we boost a hypothesis and we test it, proper? What makes this part ofstatistics tricky is after we come to a decision what speculation to experiment. Many studentsare surprised to learn that we don’t with a speculation that we would like, to prove but alternatively, we with a speculation that nothing occurred. We’regoing to posit two explanations, two hypotheses for our study, the firstthe speculation we without a doubt scan, is the null speculation, which says that nodifferences exist; there was no outcomes. The excellent clarification is chance, and hereis why we begin with the null speculation and we don’t start with the hypothesisthat we want to prove.It’s old aliens man from The historical past Channel!Historical aliens man is an internet meme about a man on a tv exhibit aboutaliens. It doesn’t matter what the subject is, his explanation is always aliens. He can findevidence for aliens wherever he appears. Essentially the problem with hisapproach is that he starts with the alternative hypothesis, not the nullhypothesis. He starts together with his explanation that the whole thing unknown,unknowable, or misunderstood will also be explained with the aid of aliens. If scientists,historians, researchers are nonetheless looking for answers, he steps into thatgap together with his explanation. Aliens did it!Establishing with an substitute speculation leads us off target in so many methods,conflating likelihood with chance. I mean can you prove that aliens didn’tbuild the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge? If you can’t prove it didn’thappen then how will you say aliens didn’t do it, I mean something is possible!The reply is we’re not looking to show whatever.We’re watching for the mostlikely clarification with the fewest assumptions, probably the most parsimoniousexplanation. I can not show that you weren’t miraculously transported home lastnight through supernatural means, but most likely you drove house. Overvaluingcertainty, historical aliens guy would fairly relatively feel that aliens makecrop circles and abduct Texans. He might say that "You scientists are alwaystalking about likelihood and probability, but that you may certainly not be precise aboutanything like i am!" well my reply to that’s that sure bet is overrated, andusually a refuge for persons who do not sincerely have proof. Lots of peopleclaim to be specified that they recognize what occurs to us Homo sapiens after we die,however as a vital thinker you should never receive the knowledge of someonewho would not possibly comprehend what they claim to be so unique about. Allignorance is equal. The argument from lack of expertise leaves no way to decide whetherother hypotheses are correct or not. If all that’s required is a hole inknowledge, an opening of lack of information, a query that science continues to be figuringout, then any crackpot supernatural extraterrestrial explanation is simply asgood as another.Once you abandon evidence as your common for perception,there isn’t a technique to decide on between competing theories and non-falsifiability. When scientists exhibit how Easter Island was once particularly built,that does not undermine old alien man’s alien hypothesis, just when you consider that hewas unsuitable about Easter Island doesn’t suggest the aliens did not kill thedinosaurs, or castrate the heaven’s gate cult guys, or depart in the back of their crystalskulls.His alien hypothesis can by no means be established false no matter how routinely he’s validated wrong. Genuine believers and conspiracy theorists begin with theconclusion, after which look for proof to aid it. They ignore the proof thatdoes now not help their predetermined conclusion, but no longer only is that nothonest, it is now not crucial. Handiest if you wish to believe in aliens are aliens aplausible rationalization. Aliens aren’t required. It works with out thatassumption and we can do better. So let’s do some science..