About-me

I'm Frank White

Author. Space Philosopher. Consultant.

Frank White has authored or coauthored numerous books on topics ranging from space exploration to climate change to artificial intelligence. His best-known work, The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution, is considered by many to be a seminal work in the field of space exploration. A film called "Overview," based largely on his work, has had nearly 8 million plays on Vimeo.

Since the first edition of his book on the subject was published in 1987, "the Overview Effect" has become a standard term for describing the spaceflight experience. The fourth edition of The Overview Effect, including original interviews with 31 astronauts, is scheduled for publication in 2019.

White considers himself to be a "space philosopher," and has long advocated developing a new philosophy of space exploration. His book on this topic, The Cosma Hypothesis: Implications of the Overview Effect, has just been published. In it, he asks the fundamental question, "What is the purpose of human space exploration? Why has the evolutionary process brought humanity to the brink of becoming a spacefaring species?"

In the book, he shares the idea of "the Human Space Program" as a "central project" that will engage all of us in the process of becoming "Citizens of the Universe."

Frank and his wife Donna live outside Boston, Massachusetts.

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My Books

The Cosma Hypothesis

Implications of the Overview Effect - Hard Cover

 

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My Recent Videos

My Videos

Open Space: The Cosma Hypothesis with Frank White
  • March, 2019
Open Space: The Cosma Hypothesis with Frank White
Frank White chats with Fraser Cain of Open Space about The Cosma Hypothesis
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A Short Conversation
  • November, 2018
A Short Conversation
Conversation: a short conversation featuring big history expert Fred Spier, Daniela de Paulus, and me.
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Speech at COGITO conference, the Netherlands
  • November 2018
Speech at COGITO conference, the Netherlands
COGITO: this conference was organized by artist Daniela de Paulus, who has developed a unique means of measuring brain waves when a person views various scenes, including the Earth from space.
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Keynote Address at the Overview Symposium in Kerkrade, the Netherlands
  • November 2017
Keynote Address at the Overview Symposium in Kerkrade, the Netherlands
Overview Symposium: this event was held at the Columbus Earth Theater and featured numerous practitioners commenting on how they were applying the insights of the Overview Effect to their work and professions.
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Bringing the Overview Effect Down to Earth at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
  • November 2013
Bringing the Overview Effect Down to Earth at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
National Air and Space Museum: a panel featuring two astronauts, the cofounder of the Overview Institute, and e.
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World premiere of the Overview film at Harvard University
  • December 2012
World premiere of the Overview film at Harvard University
Overview premiere: the first showing of the short film “Overview,” which is gone on to garner more than 8 million views on Vimeo.
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Overnight America interview with Frank White
  • March 2019
Overnight America interview with Frank White
Overnight America interviews with Frank White about whether we are ready to go back to space and what new and exciting things interest him.
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