Articles tagged with: astronaut experiences

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.

The Overview Effect means viewing Earth with a new lens

Written by Alan Ladwig on Wednesday, 24 June 2009. Posted in Overview Institute, Overview Effect

Those people who have traveled into space have had the benefit of seeing the Earth from a unique perspective. To see the planet from an extraterrestrial perspective reveals a fragile spaceship protected by a thin atmosphere. Many who have had the privilege to experience this view have returned with a new sense of purpose and perceptive that is more global, more spiritual, and more humane.

By working to achieve the goals set forth through the Overview Institute, we hope to expand the ability for the global community to see the Earth through a new lens and experience the evolution in consciousness that often takes place.

In the not so distant future, we can achieve the prediction of the late Krafft Ehricke who observed, "Perhaps as we place the extraterrestrial domain into the service of all people, we may be permitted to hope for the greatest benefit of all: that the cheapness of opportunism and all else that is small, narrow, contemptible and repulsive becomes more apparent and far less tolerable from the vantage point of the stars than it ever was from the perspective of the mud hole." After all, should we not take a cue from the fact that since the beginning, Man has placed his dreams and aspirations among the stars and his nightmares into caves from whence he came.

The Overview Institute and planetary unity

Written by Jeff Krukin on Wednesday, 24 June 2009. Posted in Overview Institute, Overview Effect

With all the challenges facing humanity, we know the likely response will be competition between nations, if not outright conflict. The Overview Effect has proven to be a perspective-transforming experience, leading people to clearly appreciate how deeply they are connected to all of humanity and our planet Earth.

It is vital that the Overview Effect be experienced and appreciated by people all across our planet, especially political leaders at the highest levels of national governments, and this is the mission of the Overview Institute. I strongly urge you to support this vision of a united and peaceful world that also benefits our belief in the importance of space exploration and settlement.

An epiphanic insight into ourselves

Written by David McConville on Wednesday, 24 June 2009. Posted in Overview Effect

Our world view - literally how we see the world with our senses - shapes our perception of reality and profoundly effects how we relate to ourselves, each other, and the Earth. The Earthrise photograph was transmitted around the globe after it being shot by the Apollo 8 crew before I was borne, but many alive at the time have claimed that this novel photographic view of the "whole Earth" intuitively communicated the fragility and isolation of our home planet.

Today, the need to both intellectually and emotionally understand the Earth as a interconnected system has never been greater. But the famous photographs from outer space that capture our planet in the visible spectrum tell only part of the story. To get a more comprehensive view of "whole Earth," we can now visualize flows and relationships beyond the scales of everyday perception of space and time. While astronauts have the rare opportunity the experience one version of the "Overview Effect," it immersive environments are beginning to further expand the overview experience to include insights into even more previously unseen phenomena. We are the first generation of humans to have the capabilities to visualize our impact as a global superorganism. Harnessed properly, these remarkable capabilities can serve to cultivate epiphanies of a different sort, helping us more fully appreciate the that we are not just (in the words of Buckminster Fuller) astronauts aboard Spaceship Earth, but a self-conscious species that is integral to a dynamic, living biosphere. This is a unique evolutionary capability, and the extent to which it is used to expand our collective imagination by reflecting on the interdependence of life on Earth will in large part determine the prospects of humanity's success.