“Andy Newberg, a neuroscientist/physician with a background in space medicine, is learning how to identify the markers of someone who has experienced 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.”—Space Euphoria: Do Our Brains Change When We Travel in Outer Space? (via slavin)
“It’s more interesting to have just a picture of a small detail - then you can dream all the rest around it. Because when you see the whole thing, what is there to imagine?”—Dries van Noten (via adjectival)