The Noosphere, also noösphere, (from Greek νοῦς (nous) "mind" + σφαῖρα (sphaira) "sphere" - in lexical analogy to "atmosphere" and "biosphere" - represents the sphere of human thought. It was introduced by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin in 1922 in his Cosmogenesis. It is one of the concepts that we can talk to Rebecca about when we first make her acquaintance in the Mansion's Study, after successfully manoeuvring through the inhospitable grounds of the Mausoleum.
Rebecca: The Noosphere - or mindsphere - is the term for the network of thought which some people believe surrounds the earth and links all humanity.
- ↑ In 1922, Teilhard wrote in an essay with the title 'Hominization': "And this amounts to imagining, in one way or another, above the animal biosphere a human sphere, a sphere of reflection, of conscious invention, of conscious souls (the noosphere, if you will)" (1966, p. 63) It was a neologism employing the Greek word noos for "mind". (Teilhard de Chardin, "Hominization" (1923), "The Vision of the Past" pages 71, 230, 261)