Showing posts from December, 2016

The Overview Effect

The Overview Effect is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts and cosmonauts during their spaceflight. As Edgar Mitchell of Apollo 14 has said: "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." Viewed from the moon, or even from space, about 300 miles above the earth's surface, our planet takes on a new perspective. Largely blue, borderless, and hanging like a fragile sphere with the infinite space in the background, with a paper-thin atmosphere that nurtures life - just think about it, in an universe comprised of millions of galaxies, billions of stars, countless planets, an unknown number of black holes, this planet of ours is the only one known so far that has life on it. As Stephen Hawking has said so profoundly: "The solar system is not e