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01.2013 / Solipsism / Overview Effect

Solipsism syndrome refers to a psychological state in which a person feels that the world is not external to his or her mind.

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.

“Using the word “awesome” was totally appropriate when it came to describing what the planet looks like”

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