The Overview Effect and the Earth's Future

Written by Frank White on Wednesday, 04 January 2017. Posted in Overview Effect

Astronauts have many varied responses to seeing the Earth from space and in space. However, one stands out for most observers: they come to have a deeper appreciation not only of the beauty of our home planet but also for its importance to humanity's future. I have not interviewed an astronaut as yet who is content to say that we can ignore the Earth as we move out into the solar system.

However, many of the justifications for settling Mars center on having a "Plan B" or an "insurance policy" in case something happens to the Earth. The term "extinction event" is being used more and more. We need to explore this mindset and consider what it means for the future of the Earth. Is it simply common sense, and should we not have such an insurance policy, or is it a subtle way to care less about the natural spaceship that gave us birth and protects us as we move through the universe at a high rate of speed?

More on this topic later!


Looking Ahead to 2017

Written by Publishing the Third Edition of The Overview Effect on Tuesday, 03 January 2017. Posted in Overview Effect

Looking ahead to 2017, it promises to be a busy year for space exploration and development.

The dialogue has shifted from "Should we expand outward into the solar system?" to "How are we going to do it?"

There is also the question of how exploring and developing the solar system will benefit our home planet and the people who choose to remain inhabitants of it.

This is why the Overview Effect is so important. In all of my interviews with astronauts, none of them said we should explore outer space because we needed to abandon the Earth. Rather, all of them seemed to have a renewed concern for the planet and for preserving it.

For this reason, I believe that the question before us is not even "How are we going to do it?" but "How are we going to do it right?"

More on this topic later.

Frank White






SETI Goes Mainstream

Written by Frank White on Saturday, 05 September 2015. Posted in Other Issues

SETI Goes Mainstream

            Within a couple of days of one another, two announcements helped to bring the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) into the mainstream media in a big way.

            The first told us that a Russian billionaire, with the support of well known cosmologist Stephen Hawking, would be putting $100 million into the search, with a focus on scanning a million stars for radio signals from extraterrestrial civilizations. “Breakthrough Listen” represents a major step forward in funding for SETI.

            The second told us that the search for exoplanets had found a “cousin” to the Earth, though not quite a twin.

            I say that SETI went mainstream, because I heard these announcements discussed not only on National Public Radio but also on a sports radio talk show!

            This is part of a trend of greater interest in news about space exploration, and although SETI is not always considered part of that endeavor, it really should be.

            SETI is also related to the Overview Effect, because I use Overview theory in my book to predict creation of three different civilizations on the Earth and beyond, one of which is Galaxia. This civilization involves contact with ET, and the development of a galactic civilization. According to the theory, it also involves having an “overview” of our galaxy, comparable to the overview we have achieved with our home planet.




Third Edition of The Overview Effect is Now Available

Written by Appearance on “The Space Show”, Apollo, the Dragon, and the Overview Effect on Thursday, 09 October 2014. Posted in Overview Effect

The third edition of The Overview Effect; Space Exploration and Human Evolution is now available. It includes new interviews with astronauts and with future space explorers like Sir Richard Branson and our own Loretta and George Whitesides.

“Space travel needs a new birth, and if we can tap into the desire to go into space, incredible things can come from it.”

Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, including Virgin Galactic

“The Overview Effect is an important book in helping people see that your attitude does change when you see the Earth from the space perspective –an experience that seems to be an almost universal phenomenon.”

Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut, founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and founding member of the Overview Institute

“It is a dynamic, crystal-clear view that just glows, and that doesn't come across in the pictures and videos. You feel more a part of it when you are looking at it that way. So it is a reaffirmation of what a beautiful and special place the Earth is.”

Nicole Stott, NASA astronaut

The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution is now available for order at and pre-order at,

A portion of all royalties for The Overview Effect will go to the Overview Institute, the leading organization dedicated to understanding and disseminating the message of the Overview Effect:

Website updates

Written by Roger Harris on Sunday, 14 September 2014. Posted in Other Issues

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