1 March 2013

The Overview Effect

A thought and a film for Friday:
“Only philosophers embark on this perilous expedition to the outermost reaches of language and existence. Some of them fall off, but others cling on desperately and yell at the people nestling deep in the snug softness, stuffing themselves with delicious food and drink. 'Ladies and Gentlemen,' they yell, 'we are floating in space!' But none of the people down there care”
― Jostein Gaarder, Sophie's World

OVERVIEW from Planetary Collective on Vimeo.

The overview effect coined by Frank  White in 1987 is the way in which an astronauts perspective is transformed concerning the earth and mans place on it. To many, it can no longer be viewed as an inert lump of rock, but an alive, fragile, interconnected, super organism. Perhaps it's about time we started taking care of it ... 

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