Podcast 340 – “Visions and Biospheres”


Guest speaker: John Allen and Tango Parrish Snyder

Tango Parrish Snyder & John AllenPROGRAM NOTES:

This podcast features another of the 2012 Palenque Norte Lectures that were held at the Burning Man Festival. The speakers are John Allen and Tango Parrish Snyder, both of whom have been involved in many large-scale Earth Science projects, including Biosphere 2. In his presentation, John makes a strong plea for all of us to gain a better understanding of not just our own local ecosystems, but of the Earth’s entire biosphere as well. It is a fascinating talk and is followed by an interesting Q&A session.


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  1. A deeper search led to Vladimir Vernadsky, that’s a good start for anyone quite new to the idea of biosphere.

    [COMMENT by Lorenzo: First of all, thanks for going on to search for the answer and then posting it here. I really appreciate that.

    And for what it’s worth, I gave Vernadsky passing notice and a footnote in my book “The Spirit of the Internet”. It’s in Chapter 2: The Internet and the Noosphere. And it reads:

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    Teilhard used the term “noosphere” (possibly first coined by Vladimir Vernadsky (3)) to represent a sphere of mind encircling the Earth.

    3. Vladimir Vernadsky (1863-1945), a Russian scientist, was instrumental in establishing the field of biogeochemistry.
    = = = =

    Here’s a link to that page: http://www.matrixmasters.com/spirit/html/2a/2a.html#chap2

    From there you can go to the Table of Contents and read the entire book if you want.]

  2. Does anyone know know who Jon is referring to in studying? Vernovsky? (Spelling?) I can’t find anything on any similar sounding name.

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