Human Governance Beyond Earth : Implications for Freedom (Space and Society)

« Despite the predictions of the conformity-causing extremes of space, the environment of outer space offers a release from previous mores and social organisation. New forms of art, music and other cultures offer the potential to encourage an environment of creativity as an antidote to the environment (*). This is the case as much in settlements as on much larger spaceships, even those heading to interstellar destinations.

Many forms of art and human creativity do not require free movement. They include painting, music, philosophy and other forms of art, so in many ways they lend themselves to expression in space in ways no more restricted than on Earth. This implies that no special physical planning is required for them to flourish. However, what is required is the political environment that allows them to be exercised. Freedom of expression must be incorporated into laws and constitutions in explicit recognition of this opportunity.

We can therefore plan for an environment in which freedom of expression in all its forms is encouraged. Not only will this offer the opportunity for individuals to realize their potential, but in practising this freedom, the collective culture of freedom of thought will be encouraged and the tendency to conformity reduced.
It would seem that many of the lessons learned on Earth regarding the separation of the state (the settlement committees and structures of oversight in small settlements) and these artistic activities can be applied in the extraterrestrial environment. »

(extr. – Human Governance Beyond Earth : Implications for Freedom (Space and Society) 2015th Edition by Charles S. Cockell (Editor) Springer; 2015 edition (May 26, 2015 – 3.6 Liberating Creativity, p.37)

(*) Crawford (2014) suggested that a programme of interstellar exploration could be undertaken for the purposes of avoiding intellectual stagnation, including in science, art and philosophy. Beattie (2014) used experiences in analogue environments on Earth to show how art practices can be used to enrich the extraterrestrial experience. Cockle (2008) suggested that the extremity of the extraterrestrial environment will actively drive people to seek intellectual release through novel creativity.