2000-03-25

noösphere

HINT: It is not the answer to the question "what was the deluge?".

From the Notes section of Eric Raymond's paper Homesteading the Noosphere:

The term 'noosphere' is an obscure term of art in philosophy. It is pronounced KNOW-uh-sfeer (two o-sounds, one long and stressed, one short and unstressed tending towards schwa). If one is being excruciatingly correct about one's orthography, it is properly spelled with a [diaeresis] over the second 'o'.

In more detail; this term for "the sphere of human thought" derives from the Greek 'nous' meaning 'mind', 'spirit', or 'breath'. It was invented by E. LeRoy in Les origines humaines et l'evolution de l'intelligence (Paris 1928). It was popularized first by the Russian biologist and pioneering ecologist Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky (1863-1945), then by the Jesuit paleontologist/philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955). It is with de Chardin's theory of future human evolution to a form of pure mind culminating in union with the Godhead that the term is now primarily associated.

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