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Reality Straight Up: When everything is on the line, what can we really know?

Speaker demo video.
Segments:
1. The Foundation of Leadership is Knowledge
2. There are questions about which our opinions do not matter
3. The Illusion of Knowledge
4. Overcoming Confirmation Bias: A Different Standard of Knowledge
5. "I know it because we know it: Groupthink"
6. Success does not come from settling for a W.A.G.

The segments come from two keynote addresses given in June and July, 2013 to the Independent Bankers Association of Texas and the Arizona Association of School Business Officials.
Dr. Jeff Hester / Demo VideoDr. Jeff Hester / Demo Video

Dr. Jeff Hester / Demo Video

Hubble's Amazing Universe was produced for the National Geographic Channel by a friend of mine, Dana Berry. I did several interviews for the program, which features some of my work. I'm posting the whole problem because it provides a nice overview of the Hubble Space Telescope and the ways it has shaped our conception of the Universe. The program is broken into 10 minute chunks.
Hubble's Amazing Universe - Part 1Hubble's Amazing Universe - Part 1

Hubble's Amazing Universe - Part 1

Louis Pasteur famously noted that, "Chance favors the prepared." On the other hand sometimes you just get lucky. On the second dive of our first day in Kona and on my first dive ever with a camera I just bought last week we had one of those "I've heard about this happening but have never actually seen it myself" experiences. We were at about 60-65 feet at a site a few miles north of Honokohau Harbor on the Big Island of Hawai'i when four bottlenose dolphins including a mother and her calf decided to come hang out with us for a while. Very very cool, and very very laid back. Two of the dolphins spent most of their time rolling around in the sand. I got lucky again when one of the dolphins came up off the bottom, turned directly toward me, and then disappeared upward into the Sun. We told Steve at http://www.wannadivekona.com that we are certain he will deliver similar spectacles for the rest of the week we are diving with him! ūüėČ

For those with an interest in such things, the camera used is an Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS in a PT-053 housing. I was also using an INON UWL-100 wide angle adapter lens which expands the field of view of the camera to something over 100 degrees when zoomed out all the way. That is good because the dolphins were ~big~ and quite happy to let me get good and close!

In addition to good video the camera also takes nice pictures. I recommend it. The TG-1 itself can withstand a drop from 2 meters and is waterproof to 40 feet, so if the housing starts to flood it's not end of the world time. My only real complaint is that it lacks a fully manual mode (come on, Olympus, just let me say I want ISO 100 at f/4 for 1/60 instead of making me try to trick it into going there!!!) although it does do a better job than previous versions handling a slave flash.

The video is not in strictly the same order in which I took it. I had actually fallen behind the group a bit and was videoing a horned helmet eating a sea urchin. I turned away to begin to catch up with the group and as I did so saw the dolphins come down to our right. I actually caught them on video as I first saw them. (Like I said, sometimes you just get lucky.) Vicki saw them next. The "sleigh bell" sound in the video at that point was Vicki shaking a rattle to get the attention of the rest of the group. (The motor whine noise is just that; the zoom motor on the camera.)

Note: When I tried to upload the full quality video it failed in rather ignominious fashion. I'll try again another time.
Visit with dolphins while diving in KonaVisit with dolphins while diving in Kona

Visit with dolphins while diving in Kona

I used to dive at night with manta rays on Kona years ago. In the interim it has become quite a production, complete with an on-site videographer and more or less official house mother to the mantas. Here are excerpts of the video from the night Vicki and I joining in the evening's gathering. Watch for Vicki in yellow mask and black hood. I am the guy sitting on the rock getting buzzed. The large lights attract plankton on which the mantas feed. The first time that I saw a manta coming at me my thought was of the original Star Trek episode "The Doomsday Machine." For those of you who remember the series you'll know what I'm talking about. The wingspan of the Manta that skimmed over my head in the video was about 16 feet.
Diving with Manta Rays / October 15, 2012Diving with Manta Rays / October 15, 2012

Diving with Manta Rays / October 15, 2012

The kelp forests of the islands off the coast of Southern California are as eerie as they are beautiful. This is video from a live aboard trip to San Clemente and Catalina Islands, March 8-9, 2014. Vicki, Patricia, Casey and I were on the trip. Vicki and I learned to dive in the Pacific 25 years ago, but over the years the water seems to have gotten colder. But in a dry suit it is warmer than the Caribbean.
Dive Trip March 2014Dive Trip March 2014

Dive Trip March 2014

Sea lions are always fun to dive with. I did a little dance with this one while diving at San Pedro Island. I was following him with the camera, which was a form of play that he clearly understood.
Sea Lions @ San Pedro Island, San Carlos, MexicoSea Lions @ San Pedro Island, San Carlos, Mexico

Sea Lions @ San Pedro Island, San Carlos, Mexico

Excerpts from the nationally televised NASA Space Science Update presenting the results of long-term observations of the Crab supernova remnant using the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The backstory here is what it took to get the Hubble and Chandra teams to coordinate not one observation but dozens of observations over the course of several months. I think I still owe a few people cases of beer...
Crab HST Chandra SSU - ExcerptsCrab HST Chandra SSU - Excerpts

Crab HST Chandra SSU - Excerpts

A Hubble Space Telescope movie of the inner part of the Crab Nebula.
Crab Hubble MovieCrab Hubble Movie

Crab Hubble Movie

A movie showing the dynamics of the inner part of the Crab Nebula made using the Chandra X-ray Observatory.
Crab Chandra MovieCrab Chandra Movie

Crab Chandra Movie

A side by side comparison of the dynamics of the Crab Nebula as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope (red) and the Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue).
Crab HST + Chandra MovieCrab HST + Chandra Movie

Crab HST + Chandra Movie

This is a simulation of the expansion of the torus and jets around the pulsar at the heart of the Crab Nebula. The model includes the effects of special relativity, which result in the distortion of the circular symmetry of the outflow in the torus.
Crab Torus ModelCrab Torus Model

Crab Torus Model

Space Science Update presenting our HST observations of the Eagle Nebula, known popularly as the "Pillars of Creation." This image was to become one of the best known and most iconic astronomical photographs of all time. In part the reaction was due to the fact that the picture was simply beautiful. Nothing like it had been seen before. In part the reaction was due to the fact that at least some of the science was broadly accessible. We were seeing the birth throes of stars; the same birth throes experienced by our own Sun and Solar System 4.5 billion years ago. And finally, this was the image that really said to the world that after a disastrous beginning, the Hubble Space Telescope was back and delivering the kinds of science that the world had been promised decades earlier. This has a lot of personal meaning to me because I was a part of the science team responsible for the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2, the camera that fixed Hubble and with which the Eagle Nebula image was made.
SSU Eagle NebulaSSU Eagle Nebula

SSU Eagle Nebula

Excerpts from the NASA Space Science Update that I did along with Chris Burrows and Jon Morse discussing outflows from young stellar objects. These outflows, called "Herbig-Haro Objects," are formed when rapidly moving streams of material ejected by newly forming stars run into gas and dust in the surrounding region of space.
SSU Herbig Haro Objects - ExcerptsSSU Herbig Haro Objects - Excerpts

SSU Herbig Haro Objects - Excerpts

Excerpts from the Discovery Channel documentary "Secrets from Space" highlighting my role in the repair of the Hubble Space Telescope and some of the Hubble science projects (work on the Crab and Eagle Nebulas) that I have led since then.
Secrets from Space - ExcerptsSecrets from Space - Excerpts

Secrets from Space - Excerpts

I was featured in a discussion of space at the closing of the ABC documentary series, "The Century."
The Century - ExcerptsThe Century - Excerpts

The Century - Excerpts

Excerpts from the PBS Nova documentary on the origins of our Solar System featuring my work on the Eagle Nebula.
Nova Origins - ExcerptsNova Origins - Excerpts

Nova Origins - Excerpts

Excerpts from an episode of a National Geographic documentary featuring my work on what studies of meteorites tell us about the violent origins of our own Solar System.
The Origins of the Solar SystemThe Origins of the Solar System

The Origins of the Solar System

A segment that I filmed for the series "Sightings." There is a funny story here. Sightings often concerned itself with the, shall we say, "fringe" crowd. The producer of this segment told me about a time they were interviewing a self-styled "expert" on alien abductions. When asked, "how can I know if I have been abducted?", this person's replay, given with a serious face, was as follows. "Go to bed with your underwear on backwards. If you wake up in the morning with your underwear on the right way around it means that you have been abducted by space aliens."
SightingsSightings

Sightings

A short segment that I did for National Geographic explaining how gravity arises from curved space-time.
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What is Gravity? General Relativity in 90 seconds

Excerpt from Horizons Miracle in Orbit - Part of "Reality Straight Up" presentation
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Trouble

Success of Hubble repair including first light with WFPC2 -- Part of "Reality Straight Up" presentation
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First Light

Video of demonstration talk given to Network Together on Feb 6, 2013. This is Mike Chesworth's edit of the three camera video. The resolution has been reduced for quicker transfer. Mike did a good job. My only technical complaint is that it would have been nice to have a mic set to catch audience reaction and questions, but that is a minor concern.
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Demo Video Feb 6, 2013

Reality Straight Up: When everything is on the line, what can we really know?

Speaker demo video. Dr. Jeff Hester at http://jeff-hester.com

Segments:
1. The Foundation of Leadership is Knowledge
2. There are questions about which our opinions do not matter
3. The Illusion of Knowledge
4. Overcoming Confirmation Bias: A Different Standard of Knowledge
5. "I know it because we know it: Groupthink"
6. Success does not come from settling for a W.A.G.

The segments come from two keynote addresses given in June and July, 2013 to the Independent Bankers Association of Texas and the Arizona Association of School Business Officials.
Demo Video July 2013Demo Video July 2013

Demo Video July 2013

Five minute demo video for home page.
Home Page Demo - 5 minutesHome Page Demo - 5 minutes

Home Page Demo - 5 minutes

Eric Schmidt is the Chairman and former CEO of Google. Asked by Fortune, "What was the best advice you ever got?", what was his answer? "Everybody needs a coach."
Eric Schmidt on the importance of coachingEric Schmidt on the importance of coaching

Eric Schmidt on the importance of coaching

Excerpts from a new USGS study designed to help municipalities plan for unintended seismic disturbances caused by fracking.
New Fracking StudyNew Fracking Study

New Fracking Study

A commercial that I shot for Bulmer's Irish Cider. The shoot was a fun junket and an insight into the behind-the-scenes world of television. A dozen people, a week on the Spanish coast, and all the food and wine we could drink for what was to become 13 seconds of televised footage.
Bulmers RespectBulmers Respect

Bulmers Respect

"Reality Straight Up" - Version 1.0 Presentation to Meridian Elementary Staff as test audience / Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Reality Straight UpReality Straight Up

Reality Straight Up

A 22 minute video. Segments:
1. The way we naturally approach knowledge
2. WAGs and the reason behind 4 out of 5 business failures
3. The go along to get along species and habits of mind
4. Leadership
5. Innovation
6. Teamwork
7. Homework that will change your business model
8. Personal journey
9. How the Big Bang got its name
10. Courage in the face of uncertainty
11. How ideas become facts
12. Segment from NOVA discussing my work on the Eagle Nebula

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Demo Video - Speaking PageDemo Video - Speaking Page

Demo Video - Speaking Page

You can't have certainty and knowledge at the same time. If you insist on certainty, you give up the right to claim that you actually know anything at all. Acting means acting in the face of uncertainty.
Courage & UncertaintyCourage & Uncertainty

Courage & Uncertainty

Video of HST mirror being polished -- Part of "Reality Straight Up" presentation
Polish mirrorPolish mirror

Polish mirror

Once we come by an idea -- whether through indoctrination by our group, appeals to wishful thinking, or whatever -- our natural tendency is to look for things that agree with that idea while ignoring things that don't. It is a vicious cycle that takes ideas and, regardless of their validity, can rapidly set them in stone.
Confirmation BiasConfirmation Bias

Confirmation Bias

A discussion of "nudge theory" as a party game. I go on to talk about this in a different context -- the fact that it is uncomfortable to push on your preconceptions.
"Nudge" as a party game"Nudge" as a party game

"Nudge" as a party game

This is taken from a talk that I gave to a group of East Valley business owners at a lunch and learn. There are two segments. One defines "WAG." The other talks about knowledge and uncertainty.
Demonstration Video for Home PageDemonstration Video for Home Page

Demonstration Video for Home Page

A few thoughts about leadership and teamwork. This is not polished! I put it together quite literally on a moment's notice to give a potential client an idea of who I am and the kinds of things that I have to say.
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Leadership and Teamwork 1 16 2013

When a reporter for Fortune Magazine asked, ‚ÄúWhat is the best piece of advice you ever got?‚ÄĚ, Eric Schmidt, the chairman and former CEO of Google didn't have to think twice before answering.

‚ÄúGet a personal coach!‚ÄĚ

Over the last decade coaching has become THE go-to strategy for top performing executives all over the world, but for the most part it is new to professionals. To be honest, most of professionals that I talk to have never heard of personal coaching, much less understand how coaching works or what it could do for them.

That's unfortunate, because as a group, today's professional probably has more to gain from a personal coach than just about anyone else I can think of.

Here I talk about the challenges faced by professionals, my own experiences over a 30 year career as a working scientist, and why I decided to become a professional coach.
Coaching for Today's ProfessionalCoaching for Today's Professional

Coaching for Today's Professional

These are a few excerpts taken from the Network Together demo video.
Segment 1: Definition of WAG.
Segment 2: Discussion of mismanagement of strategic risk. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. The road to failure is paved with WAGs.
Segment 3: We are lemmings / Habit of mind
Segment 4: Leadership depends on quality of knowledge. The bad news... The good news
Segment 5: The fate of the Twinkie
Segment 6: Innovation. Actually I am a rocket scientist. Killer opportunity.
Segment 7: Teamwork
Segment 8: Your homework... This will change your business plan
Segment 9: I've done a bad thing to you. With great power comes great responsibility.
Segment 10: Personal journey. Don't settle for less.
Segment 11: The Big Bang
Segment 12: Courage to act in the face of uncertainty
Segment 13: How things become "fact"
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Segments from Demo Video

Psychologists call it "The Illusion of Knowledge." Some of what you think that you know is fine, but some is only a W.A.G. -- a Wild Ass Guess. The hard part is that you don't know which is which.
W.A.G.s and the Illusion of KnowledgeW.A.G.s and the Illusion of Knowledge

W.A.G.s and the Illusion of Knowledge

Most of the time failure is a failure of knowledge. Some of what you think you know is OK, some of what you think you know is a WAG, and you don't know which is which. What you naturally do is go out and look for things that reinforce what you already think. That is wired into your brains. If we are going to do better than that we need a different standard for knowledge.
A Better Standard for KnowledgeA Better Standard for Knowledge

A Better Standard for Knowledge

We are programmed by evolution to do whatever it takes to remain a part of our group. Pressure from your group is extremely difficult to turn away from. We are here today because we are at the end of a long line of ancestors who would say anything, do anything, and believe anything, so long as they got to remain a part of their group. We evolved as the go along to get along species. The effects of groupthink are sometimes subtle and sometimes overt, but regardless it is an extremely powerful force in shaping what we think that we know and the decisions that we make.
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Groupthink

Talk given to the Phoenix Regional Mensa Gathering. It is worth noting that this audience is left-leaning, typically areligious, and as a rule very open minded. I have also spoken to them previously. As such, I was somewhat more free in my discussion of some topics than I would be in front of a corporate audience.
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Reality Straight Up / MENSA / 24 Nov 2012

Higher resolution version of the demo video. This one is better...
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Demo Video High Res

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

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    Science and the experience of wonder

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

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    Chaos, climate and an unpredictable future

    Chaos is a sticky wicket for science. There are things a correct theory like climate change cannot predict, but there are a lot of things that it can.¬†It’s important to understand which is which.

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    The benefits of being a machine

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

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

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

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  • The iconic saguaro cactus gives the desert an otherwordly beauty. That beauty does not exist in isolation. It embodies the fascinating and awe-inspiring processes that have shaped the universe, going all the way back to the Big Bang itself.

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

  • Looking at room full of amateur astronomers, gathered for the Okie-Tex Star Party under the spectacularly dark skies of the Oklahoma Panhandle, I am reminded of my own roots and those who helped me discover the universe.

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

  • A¬†strong¬†fight-or-flight reaction¬†served our evolutionary ancestors¬†well.¬†If the leopard catches you, that’s it! But today a visceral response to a not-so-mortal threat seldom improves things.¬†If you want to get a handle on those intense, counterproductive bouts of emotion, start by understanding¬†where fight-or-flight came from in the first place.

  • Alone, 100 feet underwater, with a shark in its element, I am overwhelmed by a mixture of awe, beauty, joy, and intellectual wonder at the world that brings us together.¬†In that moment, I¬†experience just what science is all about.

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

  • Chaos is a sticky wicket for science. There are things a correct theory like climate change cannot predict, but there are a lot of things that it can.¬†It’s important to understand which is which.

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

  • On Earth Day, April 22, 2017, people around the nation will March for Science. It seems strange to need to march in support of the idea that pronouncements¬†from politicians cannot change the nature of reality, or that evidence matters when making decisions. But such are the peculiar times in which we live.

  • For biological organisms, interstellar travel is hopelessly difficult, and probably pointless. For sentient machines, however, home is the environment you were built for.

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

  • It would be fun to think there is a flourishing interstellar civilization of humanoid aliens out there. But then it would also be nice to believe in unicorns and midichlorians.¬†It would be nice, but they probably aren’t there.

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

  • Gilding the lily makes everybody look bad. When the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory detected ripples in the fabric of space-time from a pair of merging black holes, it was a technological and scientific accomplishment without peer! But LIGO did not¬†“discover” gravity waves.

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

  • 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.

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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