call for testimonials on how zero gravity warped your thinking processes

colleagues

please find below an abstract of a paper we are working on , on
creativity in extreme environments

this is an open call for testimonials from any one who has
been in zero gravity, or created experiences for people in
zero gravity

how does the removal of the human sense of gravity modify
the thinking modes of the human brains, and can this lead to
different kinds of creativity

if you want to have us publish a testimonial, contact me

roger malina rmalina@alum.mit.edu

Creativity and Cognition in Extreme Environments: The Space Arts as a Case Study

Lead Authors: Kathryn Hays, Roger Malina

Contributing authors: Ruth West UNT, Cris Kubli UTD, Magda Grohmann, UTD,+ TBD

Internal Reviewers: David Smith SMU, Annick Bureaud OLATS+TBD

Creativity and Cognition in Extreme Environments: The Space Arts as a Case Study

Lead Authors: Kathryn Hays, Roger Malina

Contributing authors: Ruth West UNT, Cris Kubli UTD, Magda Grohmann, UTD,+ TBD

Internal Reviewers: David Smith SMU, Annick Bureaud OLATS+TBD

Abstract

Humans, like all organisms, have evolved to survive in specific environments. When such organisms are forced, or choose, to live and work in other environments they function differently, both mentally and physically. Our paper will develop the history, present practices, and future possible arts in the context of humans beyond the Karman boundary of the earth’s atmosphere. This paper will explore the space arts as a case study in creativity in extreme environments, in this special issue of journal/book. Tasks involved in extreme environments are cognitively demanding and require high physical and psychological adaptation and expertise. Cognition, not only in scientific tasks, is influenced by the context in which it is situated. To facilitate cognitive operations, such as creativity, beyond those needed for survival and safety, environmental or task context needs must be addressed and specific cognitive training developed. Viewing cognition as embodied, enacted, socially embedded, and extended provides a framework for its relationship to the environmental conditions. As cognition relates to the environment, so do cognitive processes and operations, such as perception, problem solving, and creative ideation. We develop a revised taxonomy of space arts, based on the taxonomy by Roger Malina presented at the 1990 International Astronautics Conference. We provide specific exemplars of space art in zero gravity developed by artists in space, or for use by astronauts in space.. Using examples of space art since the birth of the space age, we discuss 1) how human survival in extreme environments requires investment in the space arts to develop sustainable social cultures in zero gravity and 2) how new scientific discoveries could be consequences or examples of creative thinking driven by artists in the various types of space art. We conclude by comparing and contrasting space with other extreme environments as contexts for creativity. 

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