Ben Hansen - Investigating UFOs and the Supernatural: Hi-Tech Detecting and Documenting
Lecture: Investigating UFOs and the Supernatural: Hi-Tech Detecting and Documenting
Will capturing physical proof be the ultimate smoking gun that will convince the masses the phenomena we term as “supernatural” is real? How good is today’s filming technology and what can we expect in the future? How should I document my own UFO sighting? What other technologies might be able to detect extraterrestrial or advanced human craft? Hansen has been investigating UFO, ghost, and Bigfoot sightings for years both on and off the air for popular TV shows such as Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files on the Syfy Channel and recently on Ghosts of Morgan City on the Travel Channel.
As an industry leader in using night vision and thermal cameras for UFO research, Hansen will review night vision and experimental ‘cross-over’ technology borrowed from paranormal ghost investigators who research the interdimensional hypothesis. As an airplane pilot, Hansen will discuss how to use aviation resources to verify and document sightings. With better documentation and support for current projects, we might be able to finally convince even the most ardent skeptics the UFO subject deserves attention.
Bio: Ben grew up primarily in Utah, the 2nd oldest of six children. Supportive parents encouraged him to fully pursue all of his interests. Because his parents were so supportive, Ben developed an obsession for trying new things, especially if it involved earning certifications and licenses. These endeavors included becoming a licensed airplane pilot, amateur radio operator, licensed falconer, certified SCUBA diver, hang glider, Search and Rescue dog handler, and earning the Eagle Scout award in Boy Scouts (in large part thanks to his mother). He graduated with honors from the University of Utah with a Bachelors degree in Sociology, certification in Criminology and Corrections, a Spanish minor, and a year of study abroad completed in Australia. Ben maintains his Spanish fluency and has used it quite frequently in his work and personal life.
Inspired by TV shows like The X-Files which were popular while he was in high school, Ben cemented an interest in both a desire to work in public service for an investigative agency and an insatiable desire to explore mysteries of the unknown. After graduating college, he worked for several private and public agencies, including investigating child sex crimes and severe physical abuse on the Utah County Sex Crimes Task Force. His training and work later brought him to work in the position of Special Agent for the FBI. His time serving at the state and federal levels gave him over six years of formal experience in investigating a wide range of crimes and national security details. Feeling as though he might someday return to public service, Ben also felt compelled to seize an opportunity presented to him to assist in forming a new investigative reality TV show. Departing from the mainstream paranormal shows prevalent at the time, this new show would not only conduct observation-based field investigations; it would focus primarily on alleged evidence already at hand. The age of the Internet has brought with it the sharing of thousands of allegedly paranormal viral videos and photographs. People with a sincere curiosity for the unknown are often left with the tremendous and exciting task of sifting through the hoaxes and naturally explainable cases. Ben and the show developers felt that after a methodical process of experimentation, whatever evidence remained unexplained… also became more compelling. From this concept was born the Syfy hit television show Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files.