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Brains, Perception and the Dress that Ate the Internet

When a picture of an everyday dress worn by the mother of a bride brings the Internet to its knees, something interesting is going on. To understand what means rethinking the very nature of the perceptual worlds we inhabit.

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  • Not The End of Science  The emerging science of processPosted in For Your Consideration
  • Layer Upon Layer  The evolving edifice of sciencePosted in For Your Consideration
  • Puckish Brilliance  Jim Westphal had an uncommon mindPosted in For Your Consideration
  • That’s Astronomy Too  Seeking any port in a scientific stormPosted in For Your Consideration
  • The Octopus and ET  Is intelligence an evolutionary forced move?Posted in For Your Consideration
  • Habits Make the World Go Around  Consciousness is along for the ridePosted in Coaching
  • Brains, Perception and the Dress that Ate the InternetPosted in Thoughts
  • Not Science Fiction  Three cheers for multiverses!Posted in For Your Consideration
  • Methane Ahoy!  The Fun Physics of Aliso CanyonPosted in Thoughts
  • Big Meets Small  The Ouroboros of today’s physicsPosted in For Your Consideration
  • Impostor Syndrome  Sometimes competence comes with a pricePosted in Coaching
  • Fahrenheit 105  From astrophysicist to health guru!Posted in Thoughts
  • Fundamental change is always messy. As science tackles the complex processes that shape the real world it is having to reinvent itself on the fly. Welcome to the Wild West!

    This article originally appeared in my Astronomy Magazine column, For Your Consideration.

  • As science has evolved from simple observation to deep understanding, each new way of thinking about the world has transformed not only science, but human society. That evolution is far from over.

    This article originally appeared in my Astronomy Magazine column, For Your Consideration.

  • From roughneck to Principle Investigator of Hubble’s Wide Field/Planetary Camera, Jim Westphal showed just how far competence, curiosity, and a flawless bullshit filter can take you.

    This article originally appeared in my Astronomy Magazine column, For Your Consideration.

  • Sometimes people ask me why I write about so many different topics. My answer is always the same. “Because that’s astronomy, too.”

    This article originally appeared in my Astronomy Magazine column, For Your Consideration.

  • Evolution has no goal, but there are things that it stumbles onto over and over again. If the other-worldly octopus is any indication, intelligence could be common wherever complex life appears.

    This article originally appeared in my Astronomy Magazine column, For Your Consideration.

  • A lot of what we think of as conscious decisions are actually the consciously inaccessible pieces of behavioral code that we call habits. You can’t take charge of your life without facing that basic, unalterable fact about how the brain works.

  • When a picture of an everyday dress worn by the mother of a bride brings the Internet to its knees, something interesting is going on. To understand what means rethinking the very nature of the perceptual worlds we inhabit.

  • Reality need not conform to our preferences. To complain that multiverses are “outlandish” or “unscientific” is to ignore the history of scientific discovery.

    This article originally appeared in my Astronomy Magazine column, For Your Consideration.

  • The Aliso Canyon methane leak is a major disaster. It is also a showcase for some really fun physics! Including, among other things, the fun physics behind global warming.

  • The Cosmos itself is the ultimate high energy particle physics experiment.

    This article originally appeared in my Astronomy Magazine column, For Your Consideration.

  • Impostor Syndrome is real and it’s no fun. But if you come at it properly, it can also be a starting point for a better future.

  • It’s a strange world. I’ve been published in a lot of places, but I never thought that I’d show up in the California Healthy Living Magazine talking about yoga!

Over his 30 year career as an internationally known astrophysicist, Dr. Jeff Hester was a key member of the team that repaired the Hubble Space Telescope. With one foot always on the frontiers of knowledge, he has been mentor, coach, team leader, award-winning teacher, administrator and speaker, to name a few of the hats he has worn. His Hubble image, the Pillars of Creation, was chosen by Time Magazine as among the 100 most influential photographs in history.
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