AffiliationDepartment of Astronomy, University of Arizona
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PublisherInforma UK Limited
CitationCampa, R., Corbally, C., & Rappaport, M. B. (2021). A Theory of the Merging Noospheres: Teilhard and Big History. Theology and Science.
JournalTheology and Science
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AbstractAs the number of detected Earth-like exoplanets keeps increasing, the prospect of contact with extraterrestrial civilizations becomes day after day more plausible. It has been noticed that the encounter between space civilizations implies a fusion of Big Histories. By following Teilhard, the authors argue that the hypothetical contact with alien intelligent life would also result in a merging of the noospheres. The long-term perspective of this process is the awakening of the entire universe. This article provides a history of the idea of noosphere, a reconstruction of Teilhard’s “sociological theory,” and an exploration of the theological consequences of his theory.
Note18 month embargo; published online: 12 December 2021
VersionFinal accepted manuscript