Manifesto for the Noosphere
The Next Stage in the Evolution of Human Consciousness
By José Arguelles
(EVOLVER EDITIONS, Paperback, 9781583943038, 216pp.)
Publication Date: September 6, 2011
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The noosphere, identified in the early twentieth century as intrinsic to the next stage of human and terrestrial evolution, is defined as the Earth’s “mental sphere” or stratum of human thought. Manifesto for the Noosphere, the final work by renowned author José Argüelles, predicts that the noosphere will be fully accessed on December 21, 2012—but warns that we will only successfully make this evolutionary jump through an act of collective consciousness among humans on Earth. The ascension to the noosphere or Supermind (using the terminology of Sri Aurobindo), Argüelles says, will be an unprecedented “mind shift” that mirrors the emergence of life itself on the planet.
Manifesto for the Noosphere is intended to inform and prepare humanity for the nature and magnitude of this shift. Argüelles brings in the Mayan long-count calendar, radical theories on the nature of time, advanced states of consciousness, and the possible intervention of galactic intelligence. He carefully details the role of the noosphere in relation to other planetary strata (hydrosphere, biosphere, atmosphere) as well as the history and nature of the biosphere-noosphere transition and the intermediary phases of the technosphere and cybersphere.
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José Argüelles (1939–2011) gained international acclaim in 1987 with his book The Mayan Factor, which introduced the concept of a transformative 2012 to the mass consciousness. In 2009 Argüelles convened the First Noosphere World Forum, a series of synchronized bioregional congresses, and won the Nicholas Roerich Peace Medallion in 2010 for lifetime effort in promoting peace through culture.
“José Argüelles’s last book is appropriately called a manifesto. I hope that it is in fact a premonitory description and that his vision of connection and oneness will come to pass—otherwise, our future looks dark indeed. Argüelles clearly believes we will make the transition to full humanity, fulfilling our promise and evolutionary destiny. His huge confidence and deep wisdom combine to make a remarkable vision seem not only attractive but attainable. Read this. It will help forge your linkage into a critical mass of truly human beings.”
—Dr. Roger D. Nelson, director of the Global Consciousness Project
"José Argüelles's contribution to our critical time is truly unique. He combines deep spiritual insight with a sense for the reality and urgency of acting on that insight. His "manifesto" is a veritable bible of the deep dimension of the worldshift in which we now find ourselves. It should be read by all awakened humans, and all who wish to wake up and participate in the greatest attempt ever to consciously steer the evolution of our not only biological and social but also spiritual species."
—Ervin László, author of WorldShift 2012
"Manifesto for the Noosphere is not only a work of genius but a vital guide to making the shift from the biosphere to the noosphere, the next stage in the evolution of Earth consciousness. He integrates the work of Teilhard de Chardin, Sri Aurobindo, and the Mayans with Russia scientists' "cosmism," looking at issues of planetary and universal evolution as a function of the emergence of "living intellectual matter," synchronized by cosmic mind. This is a work of immense importance and encouragement for us all."
—Barbara Marx Hubbard, Foundation for Conscious Evolution
"I would like to think of this book as the will of my old dear friend, the late Dr. José Argüelles. He is the person who taught me what the nature of time and the calendar really mean. I am certain that we can learn how human beings can live with nature in the noosphere. I strongly recommend this wonderful work."
—Dr. Masaru Emoto, author of Messages from Water
“Manifesto for the Noosphere is a masterful synthesis of noospheric thought. Arguelles tackles difficult themes with a characteristic clarity and accuracy; this book resets our thinking and offers practical solutions of how to expand mundane consciousness to cosmic consciousness.”
—Liubov Gordina, President of the Noosphere Spiritually-Ecological World Assembly; author of the Noo-Constitution
"[A] must read capstone work."
—Robert David Steele Vivas, author of Manifesto for Truth: Expanding the Open Source Revolution
"Timely last words, and meditation schedules, from a key cosmic thinker of our times."
"Jose Argüelles was indeed a visionary, and his ideas offer us a way out of the malaise of the post-industrial era. It is clear he saw and felt this shift and described it through the culture and vision that resonated with him."
“Manifesto for the Noosphere is not only a work of genius, but a vital guide to making the shift from the biosphere to the noosphere, the next stage in the evolution of Earth consciousness."
"You know a book is good when the author's introduction pulls on your heart strings right away... Argüelles maintains that the Earth is more than a bunch of land masses, bodies of water, flora and fauna... Somewhere between the lines of the Aboriginal "Dreamtime" and the Jungian Collective Unconscious lies the concept of the Noosphere."