Elektrix Vogel (elektrix) wrote in simulatrix,
Elektrix Vogel

A Globe, Clothing Itself with a Brain

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
set down the philosophical framework for planetary,
Net-based consciousness 50 years ago.

Teilhard saw the Net coming more than half a century before it arrived. He believed this vast thinking membrane would ultimately coalesce into "the living unity of a single tissue" containing our collective thoughts and experiences. In his magnum opus, The Phenomenon of Man, Teilhard wrote, "Is this not like some great body which is being born - with its limbs, its nervous system, its perceptive organs, its memory - the body in fact of that great living Thing which had to come to fulfill the ambitions aroused in the reflective being by the newly acquired consciousness?"

More here: http://www2.gol.com/users/coynerhm/teilhard.html
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