posted on Dec, 31 2008 @ 12:58 PM
I haven't properly introduced myself but I am from Canada and have studied paranormal/anomalous phenomenon for quite a number of years for my own
My question is if anyone here could help me find a guide of ethics or standards for research in the paranomal, especially regarding UFOs, but not
limited to them. I am looking for reputable sources that can outline sound research techniques and analytical skills.
For example: I found that MUFON requires training for their field investigators...
Before engaging in actual investigation stemming from a UFO report, the Field Investigator Trainee needs a thorough grounding in the following
• Investigative Ethics. Most importantly, the Trainee must understand and adhere to the tenet of anonymity (withholding witness identifiers from
persons who are not part of the UFO report investigation or its evaluation within MUFON).
• Interviewing Methods. Preparation, controlling the setting, the sequence of obtaining a complete account, recognizing sensory perceptions,
analyzing witness body language, active listening, interpreting the oral account, and drawing conclusions are all vitally important.
• Collateral Contacts. In a given circumstance, the Trainee must be aware of which public officials and/or others to contact in order to potentially
resolve the report as a misperception, determine the person’s reliability as a witness, or identify others who may have witnessed and reported the
• Technical Background. A working knowledge should be conveyed to the Trainee on the subjects of weather anomalies, astronomy, conventional aircraft
(especially lighting configurations), space satellites, photographic equipment and methods, and the soil sciences.
Unfortunately, I need to get thier field guide in order to get more details. I am planning to do this. In the meantime, this is what I am looking for
but with more details and from other sources with an emphasis on high standards.
Thanks for having this lovely community here and I shall be looking forward to future discussions with you all.