Frank White

Co-Founder and Executive Contributor

Frank White’s theory of the Overview Effect has helped provide astronauts with concepts and language to articulate the profound shift in worldview they experience when viewing the Earth from space and in space. Now, much of the world has adopted this framework in describing our innate interconnectedness. His book, The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution, is considered by many to be a seminal work in the field of space exploration, making him one of the most influential space philosophers of our time.

White is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a Rhodes Scholar. He earned his M.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University.

He has authored or coauthored 14 books on topics ranging from space exploration to climate change. Planetary Collective’s film, “Overview,” based largely on his work, has had more than 8 million plays on Vimeo. His proposal to establish the “Human Space Program” has now become a “central project to ensure the sustainable, inclusive, and ethical evolution of the Solar Ecosystem.”

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Another Intelligence (AI)

Recently, Blake Lemoine, an engineer at Google, claimed that an AI program he was testing, called LaMDA, is sentient. His statement caused a firestorm, and

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How Much Space is in Space?

By Frank White (c) Copyright, Frank White, 2022, All Rights Reserved Summary This article argues that human technological civilization has exceeded the “carrying capacity” of

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Glen De Vries

We Lost an Astronaut Last Week: A Tribute to Glen De Vries

The space community is still processing the loss of one of our newest astronauts, Glen de Vries. I have to admit that I am still absorbing what has happened.
As fate would have it, I interviewed Glen at 8 am on Friday, November 12 for the next edition of my book. It was at 3 pm that same day that his plane crashed, killing him and one other person.

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Bob Krone

A Tribute to Bob Krone

Bob Krone had a number of successful careers, including the Air Force, in which he reached the rank of Colonel, and as an educator who mentored numerous graduate students in a number of institutions. He was instrumental in the founding of the Kepler Space Institute, and served as its president until he died on September 15, 2021, at the age of 91. He also helped launch the Journal of Space Philosophy. Bob regularly attended the Overview Round Table, a weekly gathering sponsored by the Human Space Program. The following is a tribute to him that I wrote for his family’s memorial service

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The Pentagon’s “Zen Report” on UFOs/UAPs

The report finds that most of the sightings cannot be explained, and gives rather bland explanations of what they might be: Of the 144 sightings, only one was explained and that was a “deflated weather balloon.” By comparison with Project Blue Book, this study could only explain less than one percent of the total. It gives the impression, in my opinion, that the investigators didn’t try very hard.

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Earth Overview

What if Richard and Jeff Flew Together?

It’s hard not to get excited about personal space exploration right now, isn’t it? After all, we have Inspiration4, DearMoon, Axiom flights to the ISS, and…Sir Richard Branson just announced the Unity 22 mission, which will fly nine days before Jeff Bezos lifts off on his own Blue Origin flight!

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Why We Must Go

By Frank White The question is no longer if humanity should expand into other parts of the solar system, but only how we undertake this

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