Redirect: “The Psychology of David Bowie’s Major Tom”

Source: Raj Persaud

22 Source: Raj Persaud

I was both delighted and enlightened by reading the paper of Raj Persaud, M.D. and Peter Bruggen, M.D., “The Psychology of David Bowie’s Major Tom.” It appears in Physics Today, and appears here. It asks the central question, “Is space flight a new religion?” I certainly think so and the authors quote my recent paper to make their case:  “Escaping Earth: Human Spaceflight as Religion.” Astropolitics: The International Journal of Space Politics & Policy 11:1-2 (2013): 45-64. DOI: 10.1080/14777622.2013.801720. It is available on-line here.

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One Response to Redirect: “The Psychology of David Bowie’s Major Tom”

  1. rangerdon says:

    Brilliant, and, I believe, spot on. War does much for humanity – builds character, invents new technologies, and mingles people. But its culture of death is not a good pathway into the future, and it must be replaced. Spaceflight will do that, is doing that. So this is a fine set of writings. The writings also have some use in my latest book, which looks at some intersections between hard science and spiritual belief. So thanks. I may be quoting you.

    Have you seen Passage Through Gethsemane, Babylon 5? That is truly a spiritual work – and written by one who calls himself an atheist.

    And if Star Trek is not a myth bordering on religion, what is?



    PS Perhaps you should consider attending CONTACT’s conference this April.


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