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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun In the philosophy of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a state of interconnected awareness among all minds, postulated as resulting from humanity's biological and cultural evolution.

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  • noun A theoretical stage of evolutionary development, associated with consciousness, the mind, and personal relationships (often with reference to the writings of Teilhard de Chardin).

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French noosphère : Greek noo-, combining form of nous, mind + Greek sphaira, sphere.]

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

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