"The mind is a compact, multiply connected thought mass with internal connections of the most intimate kind. It grows continuously as new thought masses enter it, and this is the means by which it continues to develop."

Bernhard Riemann On Psychology and Metaphysics ca. 1860

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Friday, July 05, 2013

Vernadsky, the Heliosphere, and Astrobiology

Perhaps it is possible that the very type of heliosphere surrounding a star's planetary system will be found to be another component of the habitability of one or more of its planets due to the protection afforded life forms from cosmic rays. This would extend the sort of nested evolutionary sequence of inter-relationships that Vladimir Vernadsky pioneered to heliosphere, lithosphere, biosphere, and noosphere.

This way of looking at evolution is in keeping with the true founder of modern scientific inquiry Nicholas of Cusa.

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