Noetic and noosphere:
reality or fancy?


Are direct knowledge and universal brain
facts or myths?


Noetic is an area of research that claims that direct mental knowledge /
inspiration is possible.
Noosphere is the theory of a global or universal brain / consciousness.

A kind of intelligence globalization?
As evidences are scant, those notions are largely debated.

pont brain  Knowledge bridges

The notions at stake

Noetic: can we receive direct knowledge?

The Noetic notion addresses what some thinkers assume to be a direct
mental
bulbinspiration /
knowledge knowledge that people would
experience without using their brain logical circuits.

It is philosophic notions, but some present it as a science under the
phrase "noetic sciences".

According to that theory, mental inspiration :
This subterranean work is a normal phenomenon, helped by
chemical neuro-transmitters and electric waves that pump up
and arrange continuously the whole knowledge and experience
that is accumulated in the brain.
It might deliver at breakfast a customized solution to tackle
an up to now unresolved issue.
in a communication with what are supposed superior
sources of knowledge

The underlying hypothesis is that external universal physical
particles or electromagnetic waves are at play in such
knowledge transmission to the brain. 
Thus, no motorcycle helmet allowed in the lab !


By the way, some go a step further and consider that the process entails
a direct action of the human mind on the physical world. Wow!

Even if the question of intuition raises a puzzle, frankly, the idea of
changing the universe just by using our mind seems really far fetched.
Even the "observer puzzle" the fact that the observer could change what
it observes, does not entail such magic.


The related academic (some say pseudo academic) explorations
was made
popular by a Dan Brown's novel. But until now, no widely accepted scientific
breakthrough has been put on the plate.

Noosphere: is there a universal brain?

Another notion that could be related is "noosphere", the idea of a global
brain
, a global consciousness, also a universal pool of knowledge and
ideas.
This is a rather old philosophical idea (under various flavors).
Myth? Fringe? Or prescient understanding? Who knows!
It has now its own surge of popularity, as the global  communication explosive
growth, notably through the
network  Internet, could feed the emergence of
such a collective "intelligence".
A kind of "intelligent" globalization in the making?

Something that the "transhumanism"  projects (article only in French, but
you can find plenty of related ones on the Web) might reach ?

Some cooperative encyclopedic Internet platforms / forums could then be
seen as nodes of that global cultural network.

Combining both?

A cross between the two notions seems also in the making by some thinkers,
as if direct inspiration could reach the whole humanity together, generating
some common ideas.

The debates:
Reality or magic?
Constructive or destructive?

Those theories, seemingly on the verge to become buzzwords, raise two
types of questions that are to be debated:


1)
Are they based on reality?


Or do they, at least for noetic with its direct knowledge powers, express
fanciful illusions,
mystic magical thinking, esoteric prophecies ?
(see
beliefs)

At the moment there is scant evidence about the reality and practicality
of those notions.
Better be watchful, quacks might be hiding, as we can not exclude that
some self-appointed gurus could present them as hard science, using
them as deception
tools to manipulate weak minds.

But some coincidences are put forward that could give some clues that
there might be some reality here. And anyway a non existence of those
human properties has not been proven either, thus research goes on.

2)
And in the case that there is some beef in them
, would they:
Human beings need to reach more global unity to solve the
current world challenges and to switch towards
a more
collaborative world.

This would break a long sequence in History based on fighting
one another, under banners of allegiance to divisive national or
ideological groups.
bring human regression and be highly risky, if based on:
at the expense of rational / critical thinking (emotional
biases).
Not that an emotional togetherness with all human
beings should
be relinquished.
over individual freedom of thinking (herd mentality).

Here comes the highly speculative question, the science fiction stuff:

If this is not just a belief and if,
(OK, in that -evidenced - case, thanks for it! ).
(see evolutions and dynamical systems), something of course
also far from proven...

...Would it leave some room for freedom and individuality?

   
Or eliminate it?

A topic far from being settled

Even if the author, it would be unfair to hide it, does not have much
respect for esoteric, this article does not bring any conclusion.
Its purpose is to collect information and advices on obscure topics that
have been only superficially explored.

Please bring your suggestions and comments.

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