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By Shaun Gallagher, Bruce Janz, Lauren Reinerman, Jörg Trempler, Patricia Bockelman

This e-book offers a examine of some of the emotions of awe and sweetness skilled by means of astronauts in the course of area flight. It summarizes the result of experimental, interdisciplinary experiences that hire equipment from neuroscience, psychology, phenomenology and simulation expertise, and it argues for a non-reductionist method of cognitive technology.

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For example, a number of in-flight journal entries are simply reports on events that happened during space flight or reports on technical details about equipment or experiments. For example, Flight Engineer, Sandra Magnus, reports in a journal entry entitled, “Food and Cooking in Space, Part 2:” It turns out that with duct tape (yep, the ubiquitous duct tape) and plastic bags you can do just about anything. I have definitely been on a learning curve. With each successive experiment I am getting less and less messy.

Words like “spoon” or “water” are less abstract than words like “justice” or “moral”. 1c). On all three measures, the astronauts’ in-flight journals reflect more causal coherence and are more concrete (less abstract) than post-flight reports. This signifies that they have the virtue of a more immediate, perception-based reporting. The journals were closer to the experience itself, not only in regard to proximity in time, but also in reflecting a certain experiential closeness to the perceptual event and the lived feeling that was involved in what the astronauts experienced.

This example highlights the fact that the task of finding images suitable for a simulation cannot rely exclusively on the reports from the astronauts or an uncritical acceptance of images from NASA. As we indicated in Chapter 1, our research team included members of the Bildakt group, art historians, and philosophers working at the Humboldt University in Berlin. html). The NASA database is classified according to four major categories (item, location, person, time). These categories do not differentiate between media, contexts, or individuals, so that specific keywords like “earth” (23,491 entries) or “sun” (16,092 entries) also return a large number of diagrams, models, artistic views (drawings, paintings), documentary photographs of laboratories, staff, etc.

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