The Overview effect
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The Overview effect

  • Humanity must rise above the earth, to the top of the atmosphere and beyond. For only then will we understand the world in which we live.
  • Socrates
  • Vimeo video 'The Overview effect': http://vimeo.com/55073825
  • The biggest joy was on the way home. In my cockpit window, every two minutes: The Earth, the Moon, the Sun, and the whole 360-degree panorama of the heavens. And that was a powerful, overwhelming experience. And suddenly I realized that the molecules of my body, and the molecules of the spacecraft, the molecules in the body of my partners, were prototyped, manufactured in some ancient generation of stars. And that was an overwhelming sense of oneness, of connectedness; it wasn't 'Them and Us', it was 'That's me!', that's all of it, it's... it's one thing. And it was accompanied by an ecstacy, a sense of 'Oh my God, wow, yes', an insight, an epiphany.
  • Edgar D. Mitchell, Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 14, quoted in In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
  • I was able to look out the window to see this incredible sight of the whole circle of the Earth. Oceans were crystal blue, the land was brown, and the clouds and the snow were pure white. And that jewel of Earth was just hung up in the blackness of space.
  • Charlie Duke, Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 16, quoted in In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
  • In Earth orbit, the horizon's just slightly curved. When you head on out to the Moon, in very short order, and you get a chance to look back at the Earth, that horizon slowly curves around in upon himself, and all of sudden you're looking at something that is very strange, but yet is very, very familiar, because you're beginning to see the Earth evolve.
  • Eugene Cernan, Commander of Apollo 17, quoted in In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
  • We learned a lot about the Moon, but what we really learned was about the Earth. The fact that just from the distance of the Moon, you can put your thumb up, and you can hide the Earth behind your thumb. Everything that you have ever known, your loved ones, your business, the problems of the Earth itself, all behind your thumb. And how insignificant we really all are. But then how fortunate we are to have this body, and to be able to enjoy living here amongst the beauty of the Earth itself.
  • Jim Lovell, Commander of Apollo 13, quoted in In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
  • For more than four decades, astronauts from many cultures and backgrounds have been telling us that, from the perspective of Earth orbit and the Moon, they have gained such a vision. There is even a common term for this experience: "The Overview Effect", a phrase coined in the book of the same name by space philosopher and writer Frank White. It refers to the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, hanging in the void, shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere. From space, the astronauts tell us, national boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide us become less important and the need to create a planetary society with the united will to protect this "pale blue dot" becomes both obvious and imperative. Even more so, many of them tell us that from the Overview perspective, all of this seems imminently achievable, if only more people could have the experience!
  • From <http://www.overviewinstitute.org/about-us/declaration-of-vision-and-principles>
  • [So the term 'Overview effect' is being used for seeing the Earth from Space.]
  • "Something about the unexpectedness of [seeing our planet from space], its incompatibility with anything we have ever experienced on earth elicits a deep emotional response... Suddenly, you get a feeling you’ve never had before… That you’re an inhabitant… of the Earth."
  • Oleg Makarov
  • From <http://www.overviewinstitute.org/astronaut-quotes> This site has a number of additional quotes on the Overview Effect.
  • There's also lots of links on the Overview Institute website
  • http://www.overviewinstitute.org/sitemap
  • http://www.upworthy.com/some-strange-things-are-happening-to-astronauts-returning-to-earth?c=upw1
  • Tags: #[[enlightenment history]]
  • Humanity must rise above the earth, to the top of the atmosphere and beyond. For only then will we understand the world in which we live.
  • Socrates
  • Vimeo video 'The Overview effect': http://vimeo.com/55073825
  • The biggest joy was on the way home. In my cockpit window, every two minutes: The Earth, the Moon, the Sun, and the whole 360-degree panorama of the heavens. And that was a powerful, overwhelming experience. And suddenly I realized that the molecules of my body, and the molecules of the spacecraft, the molecules in the body of my partners, were prototyped, manufactured in some ancient generation of stars. And that was an overwhelming sense of oneness, of connectedness; it wasn't 'Them and Us', it was 'That's me!', that's all of it, it's... it's one thing. And it was accompanied by an ecstacy, a sense of 'Oh my God, wow, yes', an insight, an epiphany.
  • Edgar D. Mitchell, Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 14, quoted in In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
  • I was able to look out the window to see this incredible sight of the whole circle of the Earth. Oceans were crystal blue, the land was brown, and the clouds and the snow were pure white. And that jewel of Earth was just hung up in the blackness of space.
  • Charlie Duke, Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 16, quoted in In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
  • In Earth orbit, the horizon's just slightly curved. When you head on out to the Moon, in very short order, and you get a chance to look back at the Earth, that horizon slowly curves around in upon himself, and all of sudden you're looking at something that is very strange, but yet is very, very familiar, because you're beginning to see the Earth evolve.
  • Eugene Cernan, Commander of Apollo 17, quoted in In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
  • We learned a lot about the Moon, but what we really learned was about the Earth. The fact that just from the distance of the Moon, you can put your thumb up, and you can hide the Earth behind your thumb. Everything that you have ever known, your loved ones, your business, the problems of the Earth itself, all behind your thumb. And how insignificant we really all are. But then how fortunate we are to have this body, and to be able to enjoy living here amongst the beauty of the Earth itself.
  • Jim Lovell, Commander of Apollo 13, quoted in In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
  • For more than four decades, astronauts from many cultures and backgrounds have been telling us that, from the perspective of Earth orbit and the Moon, they have gained such a vision. There is even a common term for this experience: "The Overview Effect", a phrase coined in the book of the same name by space philosopher and writer Frank White. It refers to the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, hanging in the void, shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere. From space, the astronauts tell us, national boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide us become less important and the need to create a planetary society with the united will to protect this "pale blue dot" becomes both obvious and imperative. Even more so, many of them tell us that from the Overview perspective, all of this seems imminently achievable, if only more people could have the experience!
  • From <http://www.overviewinstitute.org/about-us/declaration-of-vision-and-principles>
  • [So the term 'Overview effect' is being used for seeing the Earth from Space.]
  • "Something about the unexpectedness of [seeing our planet from space], its incompatibility with anything we have ever experienced on earth elicits a deep emotional response... Suddenly, you get a feeling you’ve never had before… That you’re an inhabitant… of the Earth."
  • Oleg Makarov
  • From <http://www.overviewinstitute.org/astronaut-quotes> This site has a number of additional quotes on the Overview Effect.
  • There's also lots of links on the Overview Institute website
  • http://www.overviewinstitute.org/sitemap
  • http://www.upworthy.com/some-strange-things-are-happening-to-astronauts-returning-to-earth?c=upw1
  • Tags: #[[our reality is filtered]]
  • One of the most interesting instances of this happening is that of astronauts seeing the entire Earth from above. Almost every person in this position has come back changed, a phenomena so common that it was given a name. "The Overview Effect".
  • “You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.”
  • ― Astronaut Edgar Mitchell
  • https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/hafh8a/til_the_overview_effect_is_a_cognitive_shift_in/fv2uzmg/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf&context=3

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Communicating the overview effect

  • Communicating the Overview Effect
  • Thus far, this unifying Overview Effect has been experienced by only a handful of space explorers, some 500 to date. Moreover, it has proven quite difficult for them to communicate more than just a portion of this potentially revolutionary experience to their listeners, despite their best efforts. Recent advances in cognitive science strongly suggest that these difficulties are directly related to the limitations of conventional media in communicating the rich and perspective altering experience of space. We will work with leading researchers as guides to the best media tools and strategies to overcome this challenge to communicating the Overview Effect.
  • Two Recent Advances
  • Two recent advances are about to dramatically change this limitation. The first is the advent of a commercial space industry that will soon begin taking tens of thousands of people into the near-space environment, far enough to grasp some aspects of the Overview Effect. Zero-gravity flights will make this effect of space travel available to many more. This is only the beginning of the historic human evolution into space, and the resulting transformations of human culture and consciousness as we become a space-faring culture.
  • The second major advance is the rapid maturation of high-definition digital media, from the internet-connected desktop** to three-dimensional simulation media and virtual reality. These new technologies, together with other forms of art, media, entertainment and education will soon provide new and more powerful tools to immerse Earthbound audiences in a close approximation of the space environment and potentially bring the Overview Effect to many millions around the globe.
  • From <http://www.overviewinstitute.org/about-us/declaration-of-vision-and-principles>