“It took a half a billion years to evolve a primordial bacterium. Another two billion
to evolve a cell with a localized nucleus. A billion more to evolve
complex animals. How long should it take to evolve an omniscient
God? But just as the biosphere is the total of life on our precious
planet, the noosphere is the total knowledge and wisdom -- and
growing exponentially. What an irony of cosmic proportions that
people believe humanity was created in the image of God. But we were
the nascent God all the time.”
Siesta Beach is five minutes from my house.
I'd never seen "noosphere" used to mean "the total knowledge and wisdom". If "wisdom" means the total information content of of our civilization, making hate websites and stilettos count, this is a far cry from the woo interpretation of "noosphere" I'd previously encountered. This definition fits inside physics. It's something that I can deal with.
It should be pointed out that we are not in charge of the noosphere since we're coevolving with memes. Memes are part of "wisdom" too.
Thanks for explaining what you mean here by the Prime Directive, since I'm a Trekkie. And if spiritualism means "drop our contrived 'separateness' from the rest of the universe" instead of woo, then I am on board here.