The term "noosphere" was coined by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin in the 1920's based on concepts he developed with Vladimir Vernadsky and Édouard Le Roy.
The term was derived from the Greek νοῦς (nous "mind") and σφαῖρα (sphaira "sphere") in an attempt to create a new conceptual paradigm.
Their idea was that we could think of the planetary existence of the earth as a "geosphere". Upon that rock floating in space, life appeared, and created an intricately networked "biosphere". Vernadsky, LeRoy, and Teilhard prophesied that, humans, as conscious beings in this biosphere, could potentially create a third sphere of interconnectedness, those of ideas, what they called the noosphere.
This concept was formed well before the internet connected billions of people - connections that enables the sharing of ideas as never before.
_Our current interconnectedness challenges us to go back reconsider this concept of the noosphere. Might there be, within this noosphere, different levels? Might it be valuable to differentiate that which is information, that which is knowledge and that which is wisdom? If so, how might we define these three levels? How might we become intentional in moving from one level to the next?_
_Pursuing this path a little further, what if we integrated Koestler's ideas of holonic matrices of thought? That is, each piece of **information** is a whole unto itself (a holon), that can become connected with other information to create a patterned matrix that becomes **knowledge** - where stories can now be told with that information that provide us insight. These knowledge sets becomes whole (holons) as the next level of understanding. _
_This knowledge can then networked together into a pattern that becomes wisdom, the highest level of understand that provides us **meaning**. These wisdom sets are whole unto themselves, as third-level holons, that can be identified and shared with others. _