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The noosphere can be seen as the "sphere of human thought" being derived from the Greek νους ("nous") meaning "mind" in the style of "atmosphere" and "biosphere". In the original theory of Vernadsky, the noosphere is the third in a succession of phases of development of the Earth, after the geosphere (inanimate matter) and the biosphere (biological life). Just as the emergence of life fundamentally transformed the geosphere, the emergence of human cognition fundamentally transforms the biosphere. In contrast to the conceptions of the Gaia theorists, or the promoters of cyberspace, Vernadsky's noosphere emerges at the point where humankind, through the mastery of nuclear processes, begins to create resources through the transmutation of elements. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Nous (Νους) is a Greek word (pronounced noose), that corresponds to the English words intelligence, intellect, or mind. ... Mental redirects here. ... Layers of Atmosphere (NOAA) Air redirects here. ... The Global Biosphere:a false-color composite of CZCS images of plankton concentrations with land vegetation data collected by the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer instrument. ... Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky (Владимир Иванович Вернадский) (March 12, 1863, N.S. [ February 28, O.S. ] – January 6, 1945) was a Russian mineralogist and geochemist who first... Geosphere is a term denoting the solid body of the Earth (i. ... The Global Biosphere:a false-color composite of CZCS images of plankton concentrations with land vegetation data collected by the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer instrument. ... Look up Cognition in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A Gaia theory is a class of scientific models of the biosphere in which life fosters and maintains suitable conditions for itself by affecting Earths environment. ... It has been suggested that Virtual world be merged into this article or section. ... // Transmutation is the conversion of one object into another. ...


The word is also sometimes used to refer to a transhuman consciousness emerging from the interactions of human minds. This is the view proposed by the theologian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, who added that the noosphere is evolving towards an ever greater integration, culminating in the Omega Point—which he saw as the ultimate goal of history. The noosphere concept of 'unification' was elaborated in popular science fiction by Julian May in the Galactic Milieu Series. Transhuman is a term that refers to an intermediary form between the human and the posthuman. ... Consciousness is a quality of the mind generally regarded to comprise qualities such as subjectivity, self-awareness, sentience, sapience, and the ability to perceive the relationship between oneself and ones environment. ... Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (IPA: ; May 1, 1881 – April 10, 1955) was a French Jesuit priest trained as a paleontologist and a philosopher, and was present at the discovery of Peking Man. ... Omega point is a term invented by French Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin to describe the ultimate maximum level of complexity-consciousness, considered by him the aim towards which consciousness evolves. ... Julian May (born July 10, 1931) is an American science fiction writer, best known for her Saga of Pliocene Exile (Saga of the Exiles in the UK) and Galactic Milieu books. ... Julian Mays Galactic Milieu Series of science fiction novels is the sequel (and prequel) to her Saga of Pliocene Exile. ...


One of the original aspects of the noosphere concept deals with evolution. Henri Bergson (1907) was one of the first to propose that evolution is 'creative' and cannot necessarily be explained solely by Darwinian natural selection. L'évolution créatrice is upheld, according to Bergson, by a constant vital force that animates life and fundamentally connects mind and body, an idea opposing the dualism of Rene Descartes. Later thinkers such as C. Lloyd Morgan took this work further, elaborating on an 'emergent evolution' that could explain increasing complexity (including the evolution of mind). Morgan found that many of the most interesting changes in living things have been largely discontinuous with past evolution, and therefore did not necessarily take place through a gradual process of natural selection. Rather, evolution experiences jumps in complexity (such as the emergence of a self-reflective universe, or noosphere). Finally, the complexification of human cultures, particularly language, facilitated a quickening of evolution in which cultural evolution occurs more rapidly than biological evolution. Recent understanding of human ecosystems and of human impact on the biosphere have led to a link between the notion of sustainability with the "co-evolution" [Norgaard, 1994] and harmonization of cultural and biological evolution. Henri-Louis Bergson (October 18, 1859–January 4, 1941) was a major French philosopher, influential in the first half of the 20th century. ... Emergent evolution is the philosophical doctrine that, in the course of evolution, some entirely new properties, such as life and consciousness, appear at certain critical points, usually because of an unpredictable rearrangement of the already existing entities. ... For the Computer Science term, see Computational complexity theory. ...


History of this expression:

The software used at PlanetMath is named "Noösphere". Henri Bergson Henri-Louis Bergson (October 18, 1859 – January 4, 1941) was a major French philosopher, influential in the first half of the 20th century. ... 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky (Владимир Иванович Вернадский) (March 12, 1863, N.S. [ February 28, O.S. ] – January 6, 1945) was a Russian mineralogist and geochemist who first... 1863 (MDCCCLXIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the Julian calendar). ... 1945 (MCMVL) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (IPA: ; May 1, 1881 – April 10, 1955) was a French Jesuit priest trained as a paleontologist and a philosopher, and was present at the discovery of Peking Man. ... 1881 (MDCCCLXXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... PlanetMath is a free, collaborative, online mathematics encyclopedia. ...


See also

Infosphere neologism coined by Luciano Floridi on the basis of biosphere, a term referring to that limited region on our planet that supports life. ... The ideosphere, much like the noosphere, is the realm of memetic evolution, just like the biosphere is the realm of biological evolution. ... Blood Music is a science fiction novel by Greg Bear (ISBN 0743444965). ... Gilles Deleuze (IPA: ), (January 18, 1925 – November 4, 1995) was a French philosopher of the late 20th century. ... Next Nature is culturally emerged nature. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Maurice Bucke Richard Maurice Bucke (1837–1902) was an important Canadian progressive psychiatrist in the late nineteenth century. ... Richard Buckminster (Bucky) Fuller (July 12[1], 1895 – July 1, 1983) was an American visionary, designer, architect, poet, author, and inventor. ... Henry Fitzgerald Heard commonly called Gerald Heard (October 6, 1889 - August 14, 1971) was an historian, science writer, educator, and philosopher. ... Known as a Futurist and a Evolutionary Encomiast Hazel Henderson the author of several books including Building A Win-Win World, Beyond Globalization and Planetary Citizenship (the later with Daisaku Ikeda). ... Arthur Middleton Young (November 3, 1905–1995) was inventor of the Bell helicopter, as well as a cosmologist, philosopher and author. ... William Irwin Thompson (1938- ) is a writer, social critic, and visionary, especially interested in keeping alive the esoteric, most profound, human and spiritual traditions of mankind, as he sees it. ... Collective unconscious is a term of analytical psychology, and was originally coined by Carl Jung. ... The global brain is the name given to the emerging intelligent network formed by all people on Earth, together with the computers and communication links that connect them together. ... Cosmotheism is a term invented in the late-19th or early-20th century, originally as a near-synonym of pantheism, and used by: Mordekhay Nesiyahu (Zionist user of the term) William Luther Pierce (White separatist) This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... When plotted on a logarithmic graph, 15 separate lists of paradigm shifts for key events in human history show an exponential trend. ... The term Emergy Synthesis was introduced by Dr. D.M. Scienceman, the author of the Emergy nomenclature. ... Memetics is an approach to evolutionary models of information transfer based on the concept of the meme. ... Pantheism (Greek: pan = all and Theos = God) literally means God is All and All is God. It is the view that everything is of an all-encompassing immanent God; or that the universe, or nature, and God are equivalent. ... In philosophy and religion, the word noetic, from the Greek νοῦς (nous) is usually translated as mind, understanding, intellect, or reason. Most dictionaries define the term noetic as a synonym of mental or intellectual. ... Carl Jungs autobiographical work Memories , Dreams, Reflections, Fontana edition Carl Gustav Jung (July 26, 1875, Kesswil, – June 6, 1961, Küsnacht) (IPA: ) was a Swiss psychiatrist and founder of analytical psychology. ... Universal evolution is a theory formulated by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Julian Huxley formulated describing the gradual development of the Universe from subatomic particles to human society, considered by Teilhard as the last stage. ...

References

    • Paul R. Samson and David Pitt (eds.)(1999), The Biosphere and Noosphere Reader: Global Environment, Society and Change. ISBN 0-415-16644-6
    • "The Quest for a Unified Theory of Information", World Futures, Volumes 49 (3-4) & 50 (1-4) 1997, Special Issue
    • Raymond, Eric (2000), "Homesteading the Noosphere", available online.
    • Norgaard, R. B. (1994). Development betrayed: the end of progress and a coevolutionary revisioning of the future. London; New York, Routledge. ISBN 0-415-06862-2

    Eric S. Raymond (FISL 6. ... Homesteading the Noosphere, an essay written by Eric S. Raymond about the social workings of Open Source software development, follows up on his influential The Cathedral and the Bazaar. The essay concerns issues of project ownership and transfer, as well as investigating possible anthropological roots of the gift culture in...

    External links

    • http://noosphere.cc/noosphere.html
    • http://lawoftime.org/research/engineering.html Noosphere II: Planetary Engineering Project
    • http://noosphere.princeton.edu/ Global Consciousness project at Princeton
    • http://transhumanism.org/index.php/WTA/declaration/
    • http://www.odeo.com/channel/105280 "Just Say Yes to the Noosphere", a Podcast from Stanford Law School
    • Omega Point Institute Noosphere, Global Thought, Future Studies

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    Noosphere - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (516 words)
    In the original theory of Vernadsky, the noosphere is the third in a succession of phases of development of the Earth, after the geosphere (inanimate matter) and the biosphere (biological life).
    This is the view proposed by the theologian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, who added that the noosphere is evolving towards an ever greater integration, culminating in the Omega Point—which he saw as the ultimate goal of history.
    The noosphere concept of 'unification' was elaborated in popular science fiction by Julian May in the Galactic Milieu Series.
    Noosphere II, The Planetary Engineering Project (5906 words)
    By apprehending all of the elements of the noosphere to be engaged as a working model, the precise comprehension of points of investigation and development of appropriate techniques of application may be properly obtained.
    The noosphere is the outermost of the series of planetary spheres or “caps.” These planetary spheres can be considered either as insulators and/or cosmic bio-electrical transduction facilitators which increase in etheric quality the farther they are from the dense octahedral iron crystal core.
    This holds the noosphere in mental equilibrium with the solar sunspot cycles, the stellar thought units that are, in turn, coordinated by the galactic core or Hunab Ku.
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