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    "Space Euphoria: Do Our Brains Change When We Travel in Outer Space?

    In February, 1971, Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell experienced the little understood phenomenon sometimes called the “Overview Effect”. He describes being completely engulfed by a profound sense of universal connectedness. Without warning, he says, a feeing of bliss, timelessness, and connectedness began to overwhelm him. He describes becoming instantly and profoundly aware that each of his constituent atoms were connected to the fragile planet he saw in the window and to every other atom in the Universe. He described experiencing an intense awareness that Earth, with its humans, other animal species, and systems were all one synergistic whole. He says the feeling that rushed over him was a sense of interconnected euphoria. He was not the first—nor the last—to experience this strange “cosmic connection”.

    Rusty Schweikart experienced it on March 6th 1969 during a spacewalk outside his Apollo 9 vehicle: “When you go around the Earth in an hour and a half, you begin to recognize that your identity is with that whole thing. That makes a change…it comes through to you so powerfully that you’re the sensing element for Man.” Schweikart, similar to what Mitchell experienced, describes intuitively sensing that everything is profoundly connected.

    Their experiences, along with dozens of other similar experiences described by other astronauts, intrigue scientists who study the brain. This “Overview Effect”, or acute awareness of all matter as synergistically connected, sounds somewhat similar to certain religious experiences described by Buddhist monks, for example. Where does it come from and why?

    Andy Newberg, a neuroscientist/physician with a background in spacemedicine, is learning how to identify the markers of someone who hasexperienced space travel. He says there is a palpable difference in someone who has been in space, and he wants to know why. Newberg
    specializes in finding the neurological markers of brains in states of altered consciousness: Praying nuns, transcendental mediators, and others in focused or "transcendent" states.

    Newberg can actually pinpoint regions in subjects' gray matter that correlate to these circumstances, and now he plans to use his expertise to find how and why the Overview Effect occurs. He is setting up advanced neurological scanning instruments that can head into space to study—live—the brain functions of space travelers. If this Overview Effect is a real, physiological phenomenon—he wants to watch it unfold.

    Newberg's first test subject will not be an astronaut, but rather a civilian. Reda Andersen will be leaving the planet with Rocketplane Kistler. She says, that as one of the world's first civilian space adventurers, she is more than happy to let Andy scan her brain if it can help unlock the mystery. Why do astronauts all seem to experience a profound alteration of their perceptions when entering space, and will it happen for Rita and the other civilian explorers as well?

    After decades of study and contemplation about his experience, Ed Mitchell believes that the feeling of “oneness” with the Universe that he and others have experienced is a consequence of little understood quantum physics.

    In a recent interview with writer Diana deRegnier of American Chronicle, Mitchell explains how the event changed his life and his entire perspective on the world and how each of us fits into the grand scale of the cosmos.

    “Four hundred years ago. the philosopher Rene Descartes came to the conclusion that physicality, spirituality, mind and body belonged to different realms of reality that didn't interact. Now, that served the purpose to get the Inquisition off the backs of the intellectuals so they could disagree on material things with the church and without the fear of being burned at the stake. So that ended that, but it did cause, for four hundred years, science to consider consciousness and mind a subject for philosophy and religion and not a subject for science.

    Now, one of the things that happened, in the 1940s, was the mathematician, physicist, Norbert Wiener (MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) for the first time really defined information as the negative of entropy, and entropy as the idea of the universe is running down and wastes energy. But, Wiener defined information as the negative of entropy, and that's wonderful but it didn't go far enough.”

    Mitchell says that in an attempt to fill in some of the missing gap, the 2008 revised edition of his book The Way of the Explorer explores the largely ignored science of human consciousness. Using what he calls the “dyadic model” he outlines the “two faces” of energy. “Instead of being two separate things, it's the energy as the basis of our existence in matter. And, it’s the basis of our knowing and information,” Mitchell explains.

    “We had not had, in science, a definition of consciousness. The only definition of consciousness from the dictionary is that at its basic level it is awareness. Consciousness means to be aware, and then we have different levels of consciousness depending upon how complex the substance is. It has been demonstrated many times over in laboratories that basic awareness is demonstrable at the level of plants, at simple bacteria, at simple life forms.

    This is done with Faraday cages. It's shown that this information at this deep level, at the quantum level, can transcend electromagnetic theory. And, now we're getting into quantum physics and we don´t want to go there at this point. But it's a very fundamental notion that awareness is at the very basis of things.”

    Mitchell believes that perhaps both the theologians and scientists have missed the mark.

    “All I can suggest to the mystic and the theologian is that our gods have been too small; they fill the universe. And to the scientist all I can say is that the gods do exist; they are the eternal, connected, and aware Self experienced by all intelligent beings.'

    In response to DeRegnier questioning whether or not Mitchell believes in the idea of God, he responds that while he does not believe in the traditional “grandfather figure” version of God, “we do have great mystery about what is the origin of the universe, how it came to be. There's a great deal of question as to whether the big bang is the correct answer to the way the universe arose, and under what auspices and conditions. I don't think we have the full answers to that yet. Hopefully in due course we'll be able to find a much better way to describe all this.”

    But while Mitchell does not claim to know how to perfectly interpret his experience, he is certain that it was a glimpse into a largely ignored reality: People, places and things are all more closely connected than they sometimes appear. He also mentions the need for better stewardship of our precious planet.

    “The great thinker Buckminster Fuller, philosopher, now deceased but for a goodly portion of the twentieth century, pointed out at the beginning of our space exploration that we are the crew of ‘space ship earth’. But we 're a crew of mutiny and how can you run a space ship with a mutinous crew?”

    Posted by Rebecca Sato"

    Found at: http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2008/05/space-euphoria.html  on 3/19/09

    This article really caught my attention. A similar experience of connectedness and oneness with the universe is how some people describe they feel when they take LSD, and to the state Buddhist try to reach when meditating.

    Has anyone felt this on LSD or while meditating? Obviously very few people have been to space.

    Basically I think what you learn with this experience is cause and effect, action reaction. That is how everything is linked.



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    Infinitas     Thu, Mar 19, 2009  Permanent link
    Awesome post. This is just one of the coincidences I just mentioned in the Hyperdimensional Obama thread.

    I first became aware of this phenomenon while on a high dose of the psychedelic magic mushrooms. My understanding of how the universe works has been completely changed. I feel "awakened" to the great mystery of life. I have always pondered the mental capabilities of someone meditating on them. I believe that this is basically what shamans do when they ingest hallucinogenic substances, though I could be wrong, I don't have any first hand experience, and currently my meditation experience is lacking for me to test my ideas myself.

    “All I can suggest to the mystic and the theologian is that our gods have been too small; they fill the universe. And to the scientist all I can say is that the gods do exist; they are the eternal, connected, and aware Self experienced by all intelligent beings.'
    That is exactly what I believe! God is not some big dude with a beard, but rather an all-encompassing, meta-physical essence that we all can individually feel. "He" is what connects everything together within infinity, and possibly everything within higher dimensions.
    statk     Tue, Apr 7, 2009  Permanent link
    What's interesting about this article is it's talking about a rare moment of clairvoyance - a moment that is only made possible by the elimination of the thoughts that keep us engaged in the everyday and disconnected from the bigger picture.

    However that is achieved, whether it is by physically removing oneself from a physical Earthly existence for a time or artificially inducing a less-traveled path within their mind, is not a matter of quantum physics. Being open to the experience and being able to see a larger perspective is clearly not limited to space travel, and I would argue that whatever data is recovered from Newberg's tests will be replicable under different conditions.
    dan     Thu, Apr 23, 2009  Permanent link
    I have most certainly experienced this, where, for a passing moment everything becomes completely and utterly comprehensible. Suddenly — and akin to zooming out in google maps/earth — I understood the interrelatedness of it all, and rather than feeling overwhelmed, felt a sense of calm confidence. It was good.

    I would suggest that the God theory is one of a variety of options though. Could it simply be that when our bodies and brains are in harmony, we reach a greater level of understanding, and it feels greater than us because it is an unfamiliar feeling?
     
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