Philip Plait : How to defend Earth from asteroids Grant Ross
The founder of Bad Astronomy.comWhich is a website dedicated to debunkMyths about outer space, Plait has alsoWritten a book called “Death from the Skys!”Astronomer and a web designer.On TEDS Plait gave a speech talking about howWe should, will or might need to protectourselvesFrom asteroids in the future.
He starts out with, “65 Million years agothe Dinosaurs had a bad day.”He then talked about not only the size ofa 6 mile long asteroid slamming downinto the Yucatan Peninsula, but hedescribed the impact.If you took every nuclear weapon everbuilt at the height of the Cold War,lumped them together and blew them upat the same time, that would be one one-millionth of the energy released at thatmoment.” (Phil Plait on the asteroid thatkilled the dinosaurs )”
The Yucatan Peninsula is in the MexicoAnd is at the it of Mexico.Scientist now agree according to Plaitthat this is the site of the Dinosaur Killer.Whipping out 75% of species and blockingthe sun with debris and dust.Me made the comment that if you killedall bugsIn the world the planet would die,Kill off all humans and the world wouldflourish. Gulf of
Comets are out in space and do pose a threat to us,And according to Plait its just a matter of finding them andTrying to find a way to stop them.He showed several pictures showing the size and devastation aasteroid or comet Could make
Bringing up the end of the world he mentioned theMayan calendar and how peopleHave mentioned a giant asteroid devastating theearth and killing us all.And then he mention Apophis.
So how are we going to protect ourselves from something so large that it could destroy the earth and kill us all.This is Apophis
Nope, this isntthe movies But there is an idea That Plait talks about that seems to come From Hollywood.
Operation Deep Impact was launched in 2005. It was to hit a moving comet going 10 miles per Second. It was to strike the comet so they could Try to get samples.It succeeded and also when it stuck theComet it moved it orbit….just a little bit.But enough to help create a theoryof moving large asteroids like ApophisOut of the way…like jumping out of theWay of a car headed towards you.
In using the TED Commandments I would have to say that Philip Plait usedCommandment #1. Dream Big.Strive to create the best talk you have ever given.Reveal something neverseen before .Do something the audience willremember forever. Share an idea that couldchange the world.
Plait used lots of humorAnd showed he had no remorse for being a nerd He even quoted Spock “They have an ion drive, they are 100’s of years ahead of us we don’t have one.” Then as he laughed he said” the USS Enterprise dosent’t have a Ion Drive. BUT WE DO!”
If I had to grade this presentation by the Dynamism Scale I would have to give it… 4 out of 5I feel that he was very relatable to the audience and that he had their attention.He was animated and didn’t just stand in one place. He could have gone into more detail, although he might have I only watched A 15 minute clip. He tried to goive examples of size of the blasts and of the asteroids, He could have made pictures or had better examples
If I had to compare Philip Plait to Sir Ken Robinson I would say..Ken Robinson seems to be more comfortable with speaking and has a very wellknowledge of what he was speaking about. He had the audiences attentionAnd used lots of humor and had from what I saw no props or pictures just him on stage.Plus, there is an uncanny resemblance to Actor Michael Caine.. Sir Ken Robinson Michael Caine
Philip Plait was very comfortable speaking but you could tell he was not a professionalAnd he at times seemed like he had to use his power point to remember where he was.He used lots of humor, especially showing he was a nerd and a Star Trek fan.He did have the audiences attention and he was knowledgeable of the subject matterHe was talking about.
So what have I learned by watching this TED clip and listening to Philp Plait?Several things…Be yourself, use yourself, your education and your humor to keep the audiencesattentionMake sure if you use jokes, props and pictures they need to be relevant and stillEntertaining and stimulating as well.
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