Curiosity Factor

Written by Frank White.

Now that our latest robot ambassador to Mars—“Curiosity”has survived its complex and risky landing, I am reminded of a stage of awareness resulting from space exploration that lies beyond the Overview Effect. In The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution, I dubbed this “the Copernican Perspective.” It is the realization that we are not only part of a whole system called Earth but that the Earth is also part of a whole system called the solar system.

The Overview Effect and the Human Space Program: Part I

Written by Frank White.

By now, the message of the Overview Effect regarding life on Earth seems clear: we are part of a whole system that includes human civilization as part of it. In this “planetary overview system,” we are all connected, and “we are all in it together,” as many of the astronauts and cosmonauts have said. Extending this thought beyond ourselves, everything in this system is interconnected.