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French noösphere, from Ancient Greek νόος (nóos, mind, spirit) + Ancient Greek σφαῖρα (sphaîra, ball, globe).

Surface analysis is nous (mind) +‎ -sphere.



noosphere (plural noospheres)

  1. A theoretical stage of evolutionary development, associated with consciousness, the mind, and personal relationships (often with reference to the writings of Teilhard de Chardin).
    • 1980, Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers:
      I used to have a pretty clear idea of God. Now we have these new theologians who say God’s inside here not up there or he’s an impersonal noosphere and the anthropomorphic image is out. Three unpersons in one anthropomorphic noosphere.
    • 2000 November 18, Alexandre Owen Muniz, “Individualism in Transhuman Society.”, in SL4 mailing list[1], message-ID <>:
      High capacity nodes will require a great deal of energy to be put into cooling. As this energy will be dissipated as waste heat, the space near such a node will be poor for other nodes; even if nodes are located there, they must either waste more energy on cooling themselves or accept lower capacity. Therefore, high capacity nodes will experience greater latency from the rest of the noosphere, and the intelligences that inhabit them will likely be more individualistic.

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