Each scientist’s Hypothesis must be (at least) incrementally higher than the last Scientist’s Hypothesis (*except for the First Scientist who may start the bidding at any value*). While bidding, Dead Cats have a higher bidding value than Alive Cats and Empty Boxes are worth double the bidding value of both Alive or Dead Cats. To help you out, we’ve included a handy LAB CLIPBOARD on which you can track the current Hypothesis and see the next possible hypothesis.

So, the incremental bidding order goes: 1 Alive Cat, 1 Dead Cat, 2 Alive Cats, 2 Dead Cats, 1 Empty Box, 3 Alive Cats... and so on (see the Clipboard). Remember, Empty Boxes are worth double the value of Alive or Dead Cats. Here’s the math:

N Empty Boxes > 2N Dead Cats > 2N Alive Cats