The Noosphere (Part I): Teilhard de Chardin’s Vision

I go back again and a again to Teilhard de Chardin having read “The Heart of the Matter” decades ago. Today I saw on YouTube a tribunal of half-dead Protestant theologians pronounce their Calvinist sentence that we live in a cursed creation and appealed to the Holy Spirit for an antidote as I turned it off. And what do you know, here I am.

Teilhard de Chardin

A depiction of the Noosphere A depiction of the Noosphere

One of the key concepts of Teilhard de Chardin’s philosophy is the noosphere, which Teilhard believes is the next phase of human evolution.  Today is the first of a three part series discussing the noosphere:

Part I:  Teilhard de Chardin’s Vision
Part II: Christian Concepts of the Noosphere
Part III: Future Evolution of the Noosphere

The term noosphere derives from the Greek νοῦς (nous “mind”) and σφαῖρα (sphaira “sphere”), and is related to the terms geosphere (inanimate matter) and biosphere (biological life).  Under Teilhard’s vision, God created the Big Bang, which created an evolutionary process starting with the energy of the Big Bang leading to increasing “complexification” to matter, to initial life forms, to human consciousness, to a collective human consciousness (the noophere).  The noosphere emerges through and is constituted by the interaction of human minds. The noosphere has grown in step with the organization of the human mass…

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