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The Long View | Daisy Hildyard

The Long View | Daisy Hildyard

[ad_1] Astronauts often return from their missions with stories of what is known as the overview effect: an intense, sometimes spiritual feeling of awe or love that overwhelmed them when they looked down on Earth from orbit. The image of Earth seen from space, in which the planet appears as a luminous blue-green object floating in darkness, was important to the modern environmental movement at its beginnings in the 1970s, because it showed how fragile the biosphere is. Others have interpreted the same view differently. The English poet J.H. Prynne has called the picture of Earth taken from the surface of the moon an “unbelievably gross photograph” and a “piece of sentimental whimsy.” (It was, he said in a 1970 lecture, “in all the soap ads.”) More influentially, the American philosopher Donna Haraway’s 1988 essay “Situated Knowledges”—in which she proposes “embodied objectivity,” an approach to the origins of rational knowledge—has been applied to photographs of the planet. In this interpretation, they are examples of “disembodied vision”: Earth becomes “an illusion, a god trick” when seen …