Tuesday, April 23, 2013

In case you haven't seen it already

Life in micro-gravity must be mind-blowing. Absent gravity's hand, all sorts of pure physical laws make themselves felt in the otherwise ordinary actions of daily living.

That's one of the reasons I'd love to travel in low orbit. Aside from the view of everything and everyone (seeing the Earth from above) there's a total reordering of perspective. Adapting to a place with no up or down, and where the shape of liquids are governed by surface tension must be like stepping into an Escher drawing, or being an infant again. Maybe both.

What impact would such a frame of reference have on  individuals who grew up in it --leaving aside the physiological and radiation issues? How would it shape a society of such people and color their assumptions about the universe?

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