Broadcast 2365 (Special Edition)

30 Nov 2014 Frank White
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Guest: Frank White. Topics: "The Overview Effect," the newly released 3rd edition, human spaceflight, a philosophy of space exploration. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, 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 author Frank White back to the show to discuss the 3rd edition of "The Overview Effect" and a philosophy of space exploration. Special pricing is available for the book at During the first segment of our 93 minute program, Frank said that he had interviewed 29 astronauts plus three future astronauts. He then talked about new interviews for the newly released 3rd edition of the book, highlighting interviews with Helen Sharman in the UK, Sandy Magnus, Akihiko Hoshide, Sir Richard Branson, George Whitesides & Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides among others. He also spoke about his interview with Loren Acton. One of the significant differences from the earlier editions was the focus on the New Astronauts. One theme that was repeated during the show was based on the interview with Dr. Sandy Magnus and her comments about their being a difference in understanding the overview effect intellectually as compared to experiencing it. This opened the door to listener emails about the type of communication among people who have experienced the overview effect with those who have not experienced it. Later in the segment, Frank mentioned there was no philosophy of space exploration, suggesting that the overview effect might be able to create such a philosophy. As the segment was ending, Marshall called to ask about gender differences as well as differences among engineers & those with other backgrounds. In the second segment, we heard from Joey in the UK about the overview effect with Chinese and Russian taikonauts and cosmonauts. Carl sent in a note to challenge the peace and harmony picture being presented by bringing up today's reality with a focus on those wanting to destroy others. He did not think such groups would be particularly open to transitioning from their ideology to one supported by the overview effect. Don't miss Frank's response to Carl. Frank took a few minutes to talk about his Kindle book, "The New Camelot." The book looks into the King Arthur and Knights of the Roundtable story, suggesting that President Kennedy was Arthur sending out astronauts on a quest. Like Arthur, JFK was hoping to unify the realm (so to speak). This topic came up later in this segment in more detail. We did talk about human spaceflight and global advocacy, commercial spaceflight, & the benefits of simulation for getting people to "get it" about the overview effect. Listeners emailed Frank asking if overview effect training was being included in the many personal spaceflight training programs now available on the market. Near the end, Frank talked about a possible 4th edition of his classic book. Post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog above. You can contact Frank White through me.



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