From: Steven Kaeser <steve.nul> Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2011 13:58:39 -0400 Archived: Wed, 05 Oct 2011 07:37:38 -0400 Subject: Re: o Ufologists Use Sensible Protocol? >From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2011 01:53:16 +0100 >Subject: Do Ufologists Use Sensible Protocol? [was: Alternative Viewpoints] >Wouldn't want to teach my grandmother about eggs etc., but >can't help wondering how many investigators actually follow a >sensible protocal, maybe like this one: >Protocol for impartial witness interview 1) Record a >spontaneous complete description from witness. 2) Followed-up >by witness describing what he/she meant by words and phrases >used in initial description, including example comparisons of >factors such as heights, colours, angular `sizes', velocities >etc. and of any 'emotions' or 'feelings' experienced. >At no time during either description should the investigator >prompt the witness by even one word; prompting is known to >impair actual memory and to create false memories. >We should learn from the past mistakes made during hypnosis, >where even the body-language of the investigator has tended to >promote a personal agend - so the investigator should be seated >and preferrably out of the direct line-of-sight of the witness >during descriptions. Your suggestion is a good one, if you have a witness that is able to provide a detailed description without having specifics drawn out through questioning. It's very hard to formulate questions in a purely un-biased manner when trying to gain clarification, and often I've found that witnesses aren't very verbose. I know that NICAP had protocols in place when dealing with witnesses and gathering information, and you probably could find a copy of those somewhere. MUFON and the FUND followed the same guidelines for years, but the Internet has really changed how this subject is viewed and accepted (IMO). As a result, I think the genre is looking less and less like a scientific enquiry, and more like a paranormal interest group. Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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