Introduction Jordan Bimm, a historian of science, technology, and medicine, with a particular focus on the human and biological aspects of space exploration, recently presented his thoughts on the Overview Effect on YouTube, wrote a paper about it, and has been featured in a few articles on the same topic. The Overview Effect is a […]
By Christine PX Tan Read Part I Here, Read Part II Here, Read Part III Here A Planetary Level Paradigm Shift While the Overview Effect acts to change the paradigms of the individuals who experience it, how does this translate into paradigm shifts at a societal, country, and planetary level? “Whole societies are another matter. […]
By Christine PX Tan Read Part I Here Read Part II Here The Complexity Gap One of the phenomena that often arises in a complex world is a complexity gap. This emerges from the mismatch between the complexity of our problems and our ability to manage them effectively. We often see this in how traditional […]
By Christine PX Tan Read Part I Here The Overview Effect As beautifully coined by Frank White, one of the most influential space philosophers of our time, the Overview Effect is described as a cognitive shift in awareness that occurs when one views the Earth from space. This experience has often been marked by descriptions […]
By Christine PX Tan The Overview Effect, A Catalyst for Systems Change (Part I) “There are two young fish swimming along who happen to meet an older fish. The older fish nods at them and says: Morning boys, how’s the water? The two young fish swim on for a bit and then eventually one of […]
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.
The Overview Effect is an experience of astronauts and other space travelers when they see the Earth from space and in space. Frank White presented this paper at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in October of 2019