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Cultural WG webinar: Deep Space Effect

February 08, 2023 @ 17:00 18:30 CET

This webinar is organised in cooperation with SPACE RENAISSANCE INTERNATIONAL (SRI)



  • Remo Rapetti: Introduction
  • Giuseppe Reibaldi and Bernard Foing: Welcome address
  • Frank White: The Universal Insight and the Overview Effect
  • Annahita Nezami: Going boldly where no human has gone before: The impact of space exploration and habitation on human psychology and the well-being ecosystems required to support this transition
  • Marie-Luise Heuser: Creatio ex zero. The Vacuum and the Blackness of the Universe in Philosophy and Art
  • Arthur Woods: Q&A session
  • Adriano Autino: Closing remarks

Frank White has authored or coauthored numerous books on topics ranging from space exploration to climate change to artificial intelligence. His best-known work,The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution, is considered by many to be a seminal work in the field of space exploration. A film called “Overview,” based largely on his work, has had nearly 8 million plays on Vimeo. White considers himself to be a “space philosopher,” and has long advocated developing a new philosophy of space exploration. His book on this topic, The Cosma Hypothesis: Implications of the Overview Effect, has  been recently published. In it, he asks the fundamental question, “What is the purpose of human space exploration? Why has the evolutionary process brought humanity to the brink of becoming a spacefaring species?” In the book, he shares the idea of “the Human Space Program” as a “central project” that will engage all of us in the process of becoming “Citizens of the Universe.”

Annahita Nezami: She is a chartered counselling psychologist with many years experience of working in mental health. She is trained in Psychodynamic theory and principles, Person Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She has talked about mental health on BBC Radio 4, The Weekend University, at Central St Martin’s and TEDX London, and published papers and articles with Springer and other media outlets, focusing also on the Overview Effect. She has research experience in forensic and applied psychology, and has successfully devised research studies with multiple universities.

Marie-Luise Heuser: Studies of philosophy, history, physics and mathematics. Doctorate at the Heinrich-Heine-University of Düsseldorf with a thesis on “”The Productivity of Nature. Schelling’s Philosophy of Nature and the Paradigm of Self-Organization in the Natural Sciences””. Research and teaching at the Universities of Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Heidelberg and Braunschweig. At TU Braunschweig, head of the transdisciplinary space group in the Institute of Philosophy and subsequently head of the Department of Culture and Space at the Institute of Space Systems. Head of the Space Philosophy Laboratory of the Space Renaissance Academy. Founder and Executive Director of the Society for Space Culture www.space-culture.eu. Numerous publications on the philosophy of space travel since antiquity, especially on Plato, Giordano Bruno, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, Romanticism, the avant-garde of the 1920s, and Günther Anders.