The Overview Effect

I once knew a man named Paul, who wore a beret, smelled of cigarettes, wore only black and spoke passionately about a thing called The Overview Effect – this idea that people who have been to space have an altered consciousness or awareness about the earth because they have seen it in its entirety – no nations, no borders, no horizons – but the whole thing, floating helplessly in the void.

I tend to believe it, and believe it is why we are so captivated by photos of the earth from space. Like this set of photos that George Takei shared on his Facebook page, which is a collection of all the photos of earth from space.