“The Skeptic”

To assess the validity of strange lights in the sky, reports of unusual animal mutilations or unknown objects found at an alleged alien spaceship crash site, Chasing UFOs had to look no farther than Ben McGee.  A space-minded geoscientist, Ben is engaged in the development of xenoarchaeology – a speculative form of archaeology exploring possible alien life and culture.

Ben is a true skeptic by nature, and as Chasing UFOs’ resident scientist, he brings a wealth of diverse academic and scientific know-how to the team.  A respected field researcher with experience in nuclear rocketry, planetary geology, hydrology and glaciology, Ben’s job is to gather evidence at proposed sites of unexplained occurrences and scientifically determine its origin.

No stranger to investigating physical phenomena, Ben has drilled through arctic glaciers, chased dust devils with Mars researchers, scoured radioactive craters, probed aquifers thousands of feet beneath desert basins and aimed mountaintop observatories at alien volcanoes.  His passion for collecting diverse types of physical data in extreme environments makes him the perfect complement to the Chasing UFOs team.

Despite having his feet firmly planted on the ground, this explorer-scientist’s ultimate goal is to leave boot tracks on another world. He is an aspiring commercial astronaut who’s trained in space centrifuges, and he yearns for an office in the sky.  It’s fair to say that Ben has literally spent his life chasing the stars.

Get to know Ben and the rest of the Chasing UFOs team this Friday with back-to-back premieres of Chasing UFOs at 9P and 10P. And be sure to check back to the blog Friday night for Ben’s post-show wrap-up.

Comments

  1. Luke Peters
    Virginia
    June 28, 2012, 1:54 am

    Stop. Stop it, NatGeo. Right now. You don’t have to do this.

    American Gypsies? UFOs? “Ryder”?

    Seriously. Please, for the love of science and genuinely interesting cable television, please stop.

  2. Douglas
    Port Moresby, PNG
    June 28, 2012, 8:41 am

    Thanks Ben. Iam a skeptic just like you. But i don’t know if you are a religious person or not. Iam a religious person, not so deeply religious, but i do believe in an all powerful living supernatural being whose existence and size we simply cannot measure with all the technology we can muster in the universe. I am a chemist by profession and i really admire the profession you currently now have, You are definitively living life to the max, good on you.

    I have mentioned religion and God here because iam going to use God and the Bible has a reference point. Iam pretty sure with the vastness of the universe God certainly did not create only the human race. He must have created other
    races as well.

    In the beginning, “our” Adam and Eve sinned and where cast out of the garden of Eden and our race was forevermore known as the “Fallen Race” or the “Fallen World”.

    God certainly created other races whose “Adam” and “Eve” (Alpha Parents) in other galactic systems have never fallen. By now, going by Biblical time, 6000 years is a long time for them to have progressed to a technologically advanced state by now and that’s if they needed technology, otherwise they would be happy to remain an agrarian society. But the allurement and mystery of a beautiful night sky will always be fair enticement to any fair thinking and adventurous being out there to travel to the stars and simply find out what’s out there. I am and you (Ben) certainly are some of those people who would love to travel to places further and beyond, if and only if the technology was available to do that. But i know that if the technology was available to travel in a day to the constellation Orion, you would go there in a heart beat.

    Now to cut the long story short and this is what that really disappoints me is that if this UFOs are people from this Unfallen worlds, why can’t they just get off their ship and come down and great us and say hai and may be have a cup of tea or something.

    We would love to meet them and find out more about them.

    Rgds

    Douglas

  3. Bryan ONeal
    Las Vegas
    June 29, 2012, 11:26 pm

    Chasing UFO’s is horrible the people must have family at the network .It is the only way the rotten filming.
    , stupid ,so obviouslyfake liars they so poorly interviewed,the lack of any reasonable photographs.
    They mention old cases but dont use any thing but fakes.they probably made jt all on their phones in 5minutes.
    they could have at least used old redundant stories with decent beleivable photos that dominate all ufo films for the last 30+ years
    what a disapointing show not 10 good seconds.
    How did this sub infomercial show get on tv let alone dupe the peoplke at Nat Geo?

  4. Stephen
    Earth
    July 6, 2012, 10:34 am

    I feel grossed out by the low standards National Geographic has come to these days. Chasing UFOs is an insulting, pathetic show that is nothing but a reality-show pop TV, scripted all the way and edited to the marrow. This is so fake, their reactions, the editing alone makes it so forced and fake that it’s hard to watch without wanting to punch the TV or preferably the creator and the “ACTORS” (who overact) in this show.

    Ryder? Really? She’s gushing testosterone to the point it’s grotesque and she is by no means credible, neither are the two. It’s a pathetic show, school kids can make better and more believable shows than this cheap shot to lure people in.

    Yes, UFOs are popular, but what National Geographic does with this show is to discredit it as much as possible, by hiring low grade writers, filmmakers, actors (yes I call them actors cause they have NO credible credentials to back up anything) they should be a shamed of this, pathetic absolutely pathetic!!!

    National Geographic was once a good channel with great documentaries, but all we have now are manipulative reality shows scripted and edited to make you puke of how low standards they have finally resulted to.

    This new ‘style’ of reality show with its overly dramatic music and commercial like pumped to extreme editing, and constant repetitive cuts, makes this show even unbearable for the most hyper active ADHD driven kid.

    You people have totally lost your perspective, objectivity and credibility let alone your minds, you are harming your self and it’s just sad.

    Where do you find these idiots who all look alike, act alike, speak alike and react alike?

    With this new style you could discredit the fact that the earth is round, that the clouds make rain and so on, you are all crazy for ruining it for your self.

    I have to know who’s responsible for this garbage, the president of this channel has to have been high when he signed the OK for this $hit.

    BOO you idiot! Shame on you for producing this garbage!

    Way to go to dumb down the nation with this, I guess that’s all you live for.

  5. Carole Van Ness
    Nevada
    July 6, 2012, 9:43 pm

    I totally agree with Stephen. Are ratings so important to National Geographic that they have to join the bandwagon of reality shows and reduce this show to a grade 2 mindset.
    It’s really too bad, as I had great expectations of this show.

  6. Tim O
    Georgia
    August 3, 2012, 9:04 pm

    Ben – I am also a physical scientist and a skeptic…great to see you keeping it as real as possible….stick to science and you may find some answers…..

  7. Mark
    November 10, 2012, 4:35 pm

    What Stephen said.

    Can’t believe National geographic did this.

  8. Michael Hunwix
    Toronto,Ontario
    January 13, 2013, 12:02 am

    Ben I don’t see why your even on the show cuz you have to be the dumbest person in the USA.

  9. Michael Hunwix
    Toronto, ontario
    January 13, 2013, 12:09 am

    And yes National Geographic why are you lowering yourselves to such a show at least do it right with people who have some intelligence.

  10. 4seasons
    January 29, 2013, 10:24 pm

    Many years ago, National Geographic was a highly respected brand standing for high quality and serious documentation. Nowadays, I’m appalled by the vast amount of dumb, ridiculous, low-IQ shows featuring even lower-IQ, hyper-aggressive “actors” who all look, behave and speak alike. Stop trying to feed us this trash! What the hell is wrong with you, Nat Geo???!!! Sadly, even this disrespectful abbreviation is a sign for the brand’s demise into nothing more than a waste of time.

  11. Daniel Berghoff
    New Port Richey, Florida
    August 18, 2013, 5:13 pm

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  12. Yrag Namgorf
    Feet firmly on earth
    August 23, 2013, 3:08 am

    What a disappointment. “A space-minded geoscientist” the above hype calls Ben. Really, what are his specific credentials to substantiate such a claim (if degree, then from where, mail order?)?

    The article states “he brings a wealth of diverse academic and scientific know-how to the team. A respected field researcher with experience in nuclear rocketry, planetary geology, hydrology and glaciology”. What wealth of academic & technical “know how”? I get the sense he’s just a low level field technician who’s found out it’s a LOT easier to talk about science using some sophmoric technical jargon he’s picked up in some introductory science classes than it is to do the hard work of conducting rigorous REAL science. Also, where’s the peer revised publications from this “respected researcher”. Respected by whom? Himself? The non-scientific producers? The ratings/money cops at NatGeo? The non-scientific, non-technical people they interview on the show?

    Jeez – and to think he’s held up as the credible one out of this cartoonish assembly of actors – bad actors at that. Founders and builders of the long respected Nat Geo name are turning in graves at this sell-out to mindless reality-medical TV. Hope it”s a financial flop to indicate widespread disgust and a glimmer of hope for educated minds.

  13. kurt stoepfel
    munich, germany
    July 24, 12:04 am

    mr. mcgee is really not the standard believer, but i find a earthmark of an ufo in the city la belle cloth to the everglades.
    back in 1974 some area of the everglades was used to build up new dry land for private housing areas, they sell 1/4 acres lots and 1/2 acres lots. our familiy in germany bought such kind of house in 1975. it was the first house on the rainbow circle in port la belle florida, all the grass was new.
    after 1 year 7 meter behind the house – where the green-belt- starts an burned circle occured overnight, the circle was 0.2 meters wide and the diameter of the circle was 2.7 meters, since this night no gras or plant grows on this circle. after some month we changed the sandy soil and we digg out the soil about 0.5 meters deep, and put new soil in.
    still nothing grows on this circle. i moved back to germany and 14 years later in 1989 i visit the house in florida again, the circle was still there, and still nothing grows on it. this stays all the years till 1996 when we sell the house.
    there are some more things to tell, but this is to private.
    i got a letter of an former neigbor that our house does not exist anymore – it should be curiouse if the circle in the backyard is still there? i can send mr. mc gee the exact address of the lot for electromagnetic- or x-ray tests.