A lot of people are interested in the evolving noosphere, the idea that the earth is something like a super-organism, the internet is its nervous system, and it is evolving to become more integrated and capable of greater processing power. No doubt the Earth is such an organism, but whether it is evolving is less clear. After all the Noosphere is not competing against other noospheres, either for survival or the chance to copulate.
Unless you believe, as I feel more and more that I am impelled to, that the Earth is already home to a variety of different noospheres. Just as the hardware of a computer can simultaneously run two different operating systems, the hardware of Earth — some billion human brains and a bunch of hardware and wires connecting them — simultaneously runs a number of different noospheres. Religion, entertainment, science, pornography, commerce are self-sustaining and self-propagating competing noospheres.
There are others, many others, I believe, that have not been named because their interface with language is difficult. For example there is a particular way of speaking about issues of love and grief that does not come out in how I choose words, it comes out in things I do not say, and also the inflection (including body language) of those things I do. I’m not alone in this group and have recognized other members of it in the strangest places — for example once on a bus from Phoenix to Los Angeles I had a conversation with the woman sitting next to me who had just gotten out of prison on a non-violent offense and was hoping to stay with her cousin. It was obvious to me during the conversation that she and I were two neurons of a submerged noosphere — servers on a dark web. I don’t know her name and we haven’t spoken since then, but who says these things have to be fast? Her conversation with me changed me and therefore all other connections in my life, and mine hers. This is just one example of what I am sure are decillions of competing noospheres.
May the best noosphere win!