The noosphere is a concept developed by Vladimir Vernadsky and Pierre Teilhard de Chadin positing a third stage of planetary development resulting in what would be called today the global brain. Evolving through a succession of stages, from geosphere, to biosphere, and then to noosphere, human consciousness and mastery of technology would lead to what de Chadin believed would be an Omega point. While the evolution of human consciousness in this direction appeals to our egos and sense of primacy, deep ecologists and animal rights activists question human superiority in the universal scheme of things. While the concept is somewhat at odds with Gaia Theory in terms of planetary evolution, the development of the noosphere continues in the growth of the Internet, radio frequency spectrum use, Singularity studies and popular culture.

Ken Wilber

Institute of Noetic Sciences

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