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Posted by Harvey on May 31, 2003 12:11:17 UTC

I used the term 'Noosphere' to refer to a Platonic realm, but this is apparently incorrect. I was reading Teilhard de Chardin's book ('The Phenomenon of Man' - which reminds me of that old Twilight Zone 'To Serve Man', anyway...), and Noosphere is defined as the 'sphere' of thought. This new 'sphere' began with the evolution of hominids and especially the homo genus.

The term I should have used is a name cloaked by Julian Barbour in his recent book "The End of Time: The Next Revolution in Physics". The term he used to refer to a Platonic realm is Platonia (or, as some of us more religious folks call it 'Heaven' but that's another story... he he). Modalities exist, but not all phenomenalisms created from those modalities necessarily exist. At least that's my way of thinking right now...

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