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The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

The late Larry Hagman argued every politician should take LSD. Graham Hancock says our illustrious leaders should drink ayahuasca 10 times. A magical mystery tour may be a lot cheaper than a physical trip to outer space, but seeing the Earth from orbit is the ultimate way to alter one’s perspective of life, the universe, & everything.

The Overview Effect by Planetary Collective is a terrific short film exploring this life-and-mind-changing phenomenon through interviews with five astronauts, as well as other commentators & thinkers. Hopefully with space tourism taking off in recent years, we can all experience the Overview Effect one day — but with Virgin Galactic charging $200,000 a pop for now, most of us will have to make do licking toads. Until then, we should all sit up and listen to the message astronauts are bringing back home.

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