A UFO investigator can seem like a glamorous job. Perhaps that’s the impression given by Hollywood.
Truth is, if you like to interview people, are good with numbers and have a nose for solving a mystery, you’re probably a good fit for becoming a field investigator.
The main ingredient though is one that many won’t think about.
A UFO investigator needs to have a slight dose of healthy skepticism. This fact was borne home recently in our interview with investigator Chuck Zukowski.
However, we’re not talking about Philip Klass-type skepticism. It’s more the “let’s see what we’ve got before we join the chorus” type of skepticism.
It’s good to put the person you’re seeing at ease and gain their trust. Charging in with a really skeptical view will more than likely unsettle them.
Advice From A Leading Mufon Investigator
One of California’s top UFO field investigators, Earl Grey Anderson says earning the trust of the people making the report is important.
Anderson holds several positions with the Mutual UFO Network. He is Assistant State Director for Southern California, Chief Field Investigator, and a member of MUFON’s Star Team.
Anderson says a UFO investigator first needs to understand where the person making the report is coming from. He says they’ve seen something in the sky that we’re told doesn’t exist.
They are dealing with a little personal shock of their own.
“I think that people once they see a UFO there’s a lot of ontological shock that takes place. Your worldview and your place in the universe kind of changes”.
“So I think if somebody is coming at you and being too skeptical, that might turn them off and it might kind of a dull your ability to actually investigate the phenomenon”.
Does A UFO Investigator Have To Believe In UFOs?
I put this question to Anderson and and while it might be a strange thing to put to a UFO sleuth, maybe it has a little merit.
“Hmm, that’s a good question. I don’t think so. It depends on what you’re doing. I guess in some ways doing what I do you interview a lot of people about what they’ve seen. And I think that if you have too much of a skeptical attitude, people are going to be less apt to share their sightings with you”.
Which gets back to understanding the facts of a case before making a determination.
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Meanwhile, the following is an excerpt of my interview with Earl Grey Anderson. He talks about his role as an investigator and how he approaches each case.