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Guests:  Frank White, Steve Rotfeld; Topics: The Overview Effect (TOE) and Xploration Outer Space short film on Fox TV.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website,  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See  For those listening to archives using and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience. 

We welcomed back Frank White, father of The Overview Effect (TOE) concept and for the first time Steve Rotfeld of Steve Rotfeld Productions (  Steve was with us for the first hour of our 1 hour 35 minute program.  During the first hour, Frank explained The Overview Effect and introduced us to Steve, an Emmy Award winning writer.  Steve told us about his series which airs on the Fox channel on Saturday morning, Xploration Outer Space, because the Jan. 30, 2016 segment deals with why we explore in general and specifically outer space, plus it covers The Overview Effect. If you have the Fox channel in your market, be sure to watch this program.  Steve told us about Xploration Outer Space which targets students and teens from 13-16 years of age.  Both Frank and Steve described the program, some of the guests appearing in the film, and how they attempted to convey The Overview Effect to people watching the film rather than going to space and looking back at Earth from orbit.  Our guests were asked questions about the use of virtual reality in helping to depict The Overview Effect, plus they mentioned other efforts around the globe that attempt to do this or something similar.  Once much item mentioned was in the Netherlands with the Earth Theater.  Both Frank and Steve referenced comments made by astronauts regarding seeing Earth from space in support of The Overview Effect. 

Regrading virtual reality, Jack sent in a note suggesting it would be reinforcing to be able to watch the VR film whenever one wanted.  Frank suggested that The Overview Effect was long lasting and mentioned several astronauts having said that the effect will be with them forever.  We then took a phone call from Kim in Mexico who talked about meditation and TOE.  Kim posted a comment about this with a website address on the comments section for this show on our website. 

Before the segment ended and Steve had to leave us, exploration came up and our guests talked about the possibility that about 20% of us have an exploration gene.  Frank mentioned hearing this from several people in the space community but also seeing it mentioned on a documentary television show.  He said the gene talked about was DRD4-7R.

In the second shorter segment, I asked Frank what changes he had seen in the way TOE has evolved since he first wrote about it in the 1980s.  Frank had much to say about this so don't miss this discussion.  We got an email from Ben in New York who questioned the effectiveness of the message of TOE given all the crime, violence and negativity going on all over Earth today.  Frank addressed this head on with some specific comments.  Again, do not miss this important discussion.

I asked Frank about teaching Over Effect classes and thinking strategies at different school levels through college.  Frank said he had designed an Overview Effect course and may be starting it at a nearby college.  I spoke to him about doing it as a Space Show Classroom series course which both Frank and I are now considering.  Before the program ended, Frank spoke about The Overview Effect Institute,

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29 Jan 2016 Frank White, Steve Roitfeld
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