An explanation of the promise of space

Written by Loretta Whitesides on Wednesday, 24 June 2009. Posted in Overview Institute, Cognitive Science

When I first came upon Frank's book in the school library in the early 1990's I felt like someone had finally put to words the part of space that I was most excited about. I read it cover to cover and took it up as an explanation of the huge promise of space, its ability to transform our current level of thinking from the level of nation states to the level of planets. I am still inspired about it to this day.

Immersive technologies for Overview Effect delivery

Written by Douglas Trumbull on Wednesday, 24 June 2009. Posted in Overview Effect

Ever since working on Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, I have been on a quest to develop increasingly immersive film technology in order to give audiences the feeling of "Being There". This led to the development of the SHOWSCAN film process, which is still regarded by professionals as superior to IMAX.

Now, via emerging digital technologies I believe we are at the threshold of a wholly new kind of media immersion, both by giant screens and high frame rates, as well as by delivering high resolution imagery directly to the human retina. My goal over the next five years is to develop this new Virtual Retinal Display technology to the point where extremely wide field of view, high brightness, stereoscopic imagery will be indistinguishable from reality.

This could facilitate the Overview Effect without having to go into space, as well as expand human consciousness of an unlimited variety of experiences that go far beyond our earthly physical limitations.

The Overview Effect moves humanity closer to world peace

Written by Andrew Newberg on Wednesday, 24 June 2009. Posted in Overview Effect

The Overview Effect may be one of the most important experiences we can try to bring to people. This experience needs to be made available for all people. It is also crucial to bring this experience to leaders around the world, regardless of whether they are political, corporate or academic leaders. All of us can benefit from this experience.

The experience itself is deeply rooted in our biology. As a neuroscientist studying a broad variety of human experiences, it appears to me that the brain itself is capable of taking in the Overview Experience and converting such an overwhelming concept into our behaviors and thoughts. Individuals who have had the Overview experience feel a breaking down of boundaries and a sense of the interconnectedness and preciousness of the Earth and all those who live on it.

The Overview Effect is a testament to how our brain is wired to enable us to transcend our often petty goals and seek to become something greater than we already are. By encouraging others to have the Overview experience, we have the opportunity to move humanity closer to world peace by deepening our understanding of those around us and committing ourselves to improving the lives of all human beings.

The Overview Effect and the future

Written by Edgar Mitchell on Wednesday, 24 June 2009. Posted in Overview Effect

Only in recent times has the power of perspective and belief to effect behavior change become well documented in human social and political endeavors.

The "Overview Effect" reported by our generation of space farers provides us hope that learning to see ourselves, our small planet, and our actions toward nature and each other from that larger perspective can strongly influence the course of evolution toward a more peaceful and sustainable future.