compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
As John Hazard has so succinctly provided the following explanation,
in his article Manifesting the Noosphere ... "IT’s best described as a layer
of collective human intelligence that is part of the planet Earth, like an
atmosphere, only it’s mental. Noos comes from the Greek, it means mind.
It’s a concept that first appeared in the early ferment of the 20th century.
There was a lot of intellectual activity at that time. That’s when Einstein
offered a description of reality that ushered in the era of the modern mind,
a mind that was forced to consider mind expanding concepts like the speed
of light, or the quantum nature of reality, or the size of an atom, or the age
of mankind. The idea of the noosphere was percolating at that moment, the
way other ideas like the theory of evolution, or the design of the automobile
were being worked on simultaneously by several forward thinking and unique
individuals. There was a Russian named Vernadsky, and he was in touch
with a Jesuit paleontologist named Chardin, and between them they took
the idea very far, especially Teillard de Chardin, who is my source for the
Chardin’s way of describing the Noosphere was introduced in the West at
the time of his death in the mid-1950’s, but he and Vernadsky were working
it out back in the 20’s and 30’s. Chardin was trained as a scientist, and also,
as a priest. He was a French Jesuit paleontologist who was present in China
in the 1920’s when archeologists first discovered proto-human remains
that pushed the known age of human ancestors back hundreds of thousands
of years. Chardin was a restless intellectual, he had a predilection for rigorous
training and mystical perception, and the result was a body of written work
that is staggeringly brilliant, though densely filagreed with detailed exposition
that endeavors to draw associations to stages of evolution and to stages of
being. I read his book, “The Phenomenon of Man” during my summer break
between my freshman and sophomore years at college, and though I’ve only
read the book that one time, I’ve been guided in my thinking these last forty
years by the ideas I discovered between the covers of that book."
Down in Zucotti Park, the locus of origin of the movement known as
Occupy Wall Street, an unemployed carpenter refers to the way the
protesters have to communicate with each other as “an architecture of
consciousness.” He’s not trying to be poetic, he wants to be descriptive.
The police have forbidden the use of bullhorns, so the OWSers spread the
message one person at a time. But there is definitely poetry here. OWSers
are criticised for having an incoherent message, but I see the message in
the medium, just as Marshall McLuhan surmised.
The medium, in this case, is the crowd of humanity itself. The message is
the creation of a new architecture of consciousness. That is the goal, but
it’s hard to imagine how we get there from here.
An Architecture of Consciousness exactly defines the Noosphere.
The Noosphere IS a design for an architecture of global consciousness.
The handful of individuals who have endeavored to give definition to the
Noosphere concept suggest we’re in for a dawning of a new type of
awareness. Human beings are going to activate a dormant element of their
psychic infrastructure and find it is inhabiting a NEW [MIND]space. One of
the strongest lessons that people are learning from the use of psychoactive
entheogens is the direct perception and the deep understanding of just
how gloriously embedded we are in the bosom of Mother Nature. In the
the Gaia Hypothesis to describe the behaviour of the planet as it is observed
through scientific measurement.
more time and observation have strengthened the core idea. Science now
has a comfort level with the body of GAIA, and now some scientists
are using hallucinogenic plants to explore the Mind of GAIA.
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