This blog monitors developments relevant to the Overview Effect and comments on them from the perspective of "overview thinking."
July 16, 2021 by Frank White
Does the environment make a difference in fostering or inhibiting creative performance? This question is worth asking when we consider its relevance on Earth, but it becomes especially pertinent when examining astronaut performance. Everything an astronaut does takes place in an environment that is radically different from the terrestrial surroundings in which humanity evolved.
July 16, 2021 by Frank White
The long-awaited Pentagon report on UFOs (officially known as Preliminary Assessment: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena), from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (1) is a triumph of Zen expression. I say that because it says a lot while appearing to say nothing. “Very Zen,” as the saying goes. I have been studying UFOs since I was 10 years old, and I think I have a solid background on the topic, so I was very interested in this report. At first, I was disappointed, but now I am not so sure. Let’s discuss it.
July 06, 2021 by Frank White
It’s hard not to get excited about personal space exploration right now, isn’t it? After all, we have Inspiration4, DearMoon, Axiom flights to the ISS, and...Sir Richard Branson just announced the Unity 22 mission, which will fly nine days before Jeff Bezos lifts off on his own Blue Origin flight!
As large numbers of human beings begin to move off of planet Earth, living and working in the rest of the solar ecosystem, what term shall we use to describe it?
May 27, 2021 by Frank White
As large numbers of human beings begin to move off of planet Earth, living and working in the rest of the solar ecosystem, what term shall we use to describe it
April 17, 2020 by Frank White
What might be some positive lessons learned from the impact of the COVID Effect on global society?
April 12, 2020 by Frank White
The pandemic is challenging us to think about viruses, and ourselves, in new ways.
February 27, 2019 by Frank White
Rick and I go way back, to the early days of the space movement and meetings at Gerard K. O'Neill's Space Studies Institute.
April 22, 2017 by Frank White
This is a pretty big year for anniversaries!
April 20, 2016 by Frank White
The following are my closing comments at the event at Framingham State University that launched the "Academy in Space Initiative..."
April 14, 2016 by Frank White
The following are a portion of my opening remarks at the launch of the Academy in Space Initiative at Framingham State University on April 6, 2016...
January 31, 2016 by Frank White
In my previous post, I said that the early Martian settlers might become frustrated as they experienced the Copernican Perspective...
January 19, 2016 by Frank White
We cannot predict, with any certainty, the impact on human thought, of seeing the Earth from Mars, but we can make some educated guesses.
January 09, 2016 by Frank White
Humanity is going to Mars.
September 13, 2015 by Frank White
Since the late 1970s and early 1980s, I have been developing the theory of the Overview Effect, and thinking about this phenomenon.
January 15, 2015 by Frank White
Why is it that The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution is now in its third edition?
February 06, 2012 by Frank White
I recently had a long talk with Lynn Harper, who works for NASA and is one of the most original thinkers about space exploration that I know.
November 27, 2011 by Frank White
As we have watched the uprisings that began in the Middle East and have now spread around the world, much has been made of the role that online technologies...
December 20, 2009 by Frank White
If ever there was a situation that needed "overview thinking," it's the current debate over climate change and global warming.
July 12, 2009 by Frank White
Most space exploration advocates are disappointed that the United States did not pursue a more assertive space policy after Apollo 11.