vladimir vernadsky

Спочивай з миром, Vladimir Vernadsky.  Considered one of the founders of geochemistry, biogeochemistry, and radiogeology, Vernadsky also helped popularize the idea of the biosphere and founded the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences and the National Library of Ukraine.  He died on this date in 1945 at the age of 81.

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Issued on: February 28, 2013
From: Kiev, Ukraine
MC #1315

Vladimir Vernadsky

The global brain

Another Russian cosmist, Vladimir Vernadsky was a mineralogist and geochemist who posited the idea of the noosphere, what Pierre Teilhard de Chardin would later describe as the “sphere of human thought.” In his original theory, Vernadsky suggested that the noosphere would be the third phase of life on earth, after the “geosphere” (inanimate matter) and “biosphere” (biological life). The engine driving the noosphere, however, would be human cognition. Vernadsky thought that intelligence (or consciousness) would eventually converge and form a massive network of collaborating individuals. Today, its modern equivalent includes the World Wide Web, the global brain hypothesis, and some interpretations of the Technological Singularity.