All information discussed is based on my own readings, and current understandings. Therefore differences in opinions, or deviation from original sources may occur. Should anyone have further reading on a topic, please do inform me.
So, in a lot of my readings I've seen people talk about the astral. Astral planes, astral sphere, astral projection, astral etc. For the longest time, I believed in it fully. Spirit energy after would have its own circulation and currents, much like the atmosphere, or the ionosphere, or other layers like that.
It makes sense when you think about it, I would assume. (Though I can see why many people wouldn't believe in it, as well.)
The problem is, that I've never felt connected to the astral sphere. All the new age-y stuff has never worked for me, and has in fact just made me more apt to dismiss it. After all, if I can't experience it, then truly, I can never be sure of its existence. It can't be proven by me until I experience it.
Yes, I could accept heresay and people's experiences, but I could also do the same with people claiming the Zebulons are watching them, and have tweaked their genetic codes in order to make humans more docile, in order to breed us as a race of organic biosuits.
That's not to say that either side is crazy in that example, but from someone who can't interact with it, that sort of comparison is not too far off.
So for the longest time, I just put the astral sphere theories to the side, and figured I'd come back to that when I either experienced a change, or when new information would help update old theories.
So after reading a bunch of random articles and ideas, I came across both the idea of the Noosphere and Infosphere.
The Noosphere is, perhaps to some, nearly analogous to the astral sphere, in that the Noosphere is the realm of human thought and evolution. The Noosphere is the the compound collection of human thought. Think of it as the Collective Unconscious, or the Metaverse to use Persona's terminology, which is actually a very good example of the Noosphere. In this sphere, reality is defined by human thought.
It brings to mind the classic philosophy teaser; if a tree falls in the forest, and no one is observing it, does it truly make a sound?
At first glance, you would say, "Yes, Fenrir, it does. Just because I can't hear it doesn't stop it from hitting the ground and making a noise." Which is entirely logical, and correct.
But when you alter your cognition, your perception, of the question , the teaser takes on a whole new level.
If I am not around to hear it, can I ever be 100% certain that it made a noise? Because if we record it, then we are still observing, and therefore hearing it. We trust in our thoughts of order to say, that it does, indeed, make a noise. So because we believe it to make noise, it does.
A more fleshed out example would be a conversation between a devout Christian, and an atheist. Both believe in their respective religions. A friend of both of them succeeds in getting a job after an interview. The Christian states, "God blessed them, and let them get the job! I'm so happy for them!" While the atheist refutes, "No, they got the job on their own merits! God had nothing to do with it, and it's offensive to say they didn't do it on their own! I am happy for them because they did it on their own!"
Now in that example, both parties are glad for their friend because they got the job they wanted. But to the Christian, their perception of reality, combined with the faith of their belief system makes them see the world through the lens of their faith in God. "Because God created everything, he has absolute power. And because my friend got the job, then God must have let them get it. God has blessed them with the skills needed to get the job, the ability to get through the interview and impress the interviewer, and then get the job, means that God gave them the job!"
The cognition at play here therefore reaffirms the belief in God, because the evidence points to that, based on the perception of God existing.
Now, the atheist on the other hand has the religious belief system of not believing in a greater power (which is still a religious belief as it cannot be proved by the scientific method) uses the lens of disbelief to state that God has no hand in this situation. "My friend has the skills they need to get the job by their own merit. They worked for them, they did the work, and they got through the interview on their own, with no outside interference. To imply otherwise is to diminish the success they worked for." Because of this perspective the atheist says that there was no outside forces influencing the situation, and that by believing that God had a hand in it is offensive, and implies the friend couldn't get the job unless God stepped in.
To which the third friend states, "I'm just glad I got the job, I was lucky."
In these examples the reality of the situation is different based on how the person perceives their personal reality. How their cognition affects the world around them.
The Noosphere is created by human awareness, and in turn affects human awareness. This feedback loop will, theoretically, reach a point know as the Omega Point, ideologically similar to the idea of AI Singularity, but in essence very different.
The Omega Point implies the idea that because the Noosphere represents the Collective Unconscious, and the force of intellectual evolution, then this feedback loop will progress at exponential rates to evolve human thought, and therefore itself. Eventually this growth will begin to become so focused that all consciousness will become one; the Omega Point. The amalgamation of all consciousness into a singular consciousness. A singular entity. All knowing, and all powerful.
By this being existing, it would be able to observe its own creation, therefore confirming its own existence, and knowing all the universe in the process (hypothetically), essentially becoming God for all intents and purposes. For one who knows all, and is all powerful, is in essence divine, or at least would seem that way to anything else that met it. And perhaps it decided to create a new world in which to exist, thus continuing the cycle.
Think of it in terms of our societal and technological growth. We've grown far more advanced so fast. We've accelerated from simple radios, and steam engines to what we have today, in just a century, compared to the time it took for society to reach that point, that is inhumanly fast. So one could say that the Noosphere is in effect, and is getting more powerful every passing day.
The Infosphere on the other hand is the realm of Information. Not just what is known, the Infosphere is where all knowledge resides. What is known, what is unknown, what might be known, and what can never be known all exist in one sphere, but information by itself has no drive, no way of changing itself, or creating more information. Thus Inforgs are the creatures of the Infosphere, beings of matter, energy, and raw information. By becoming self-actualizing, this information, now embodied, it subjected to change by its very existence, therefor creating new information to be stored in the Infosphere, thus expanding it.
Now someone might ask, "Well, Fenrir, you literally said just a paragraph up from this, that the Infosphere contains all information that can ever exist. So why would it ever need to add new information?"
To which I would reply, "Good question."
Now, the answer is not simple, not in the slightest, and does imply a few paradoxes, but in the field of raw information, that seems called for, as we as humans cannot understand the idea of things we don't know we don't know.
Now, imagine, the Infosphere contains all information, past, present, and future. But for it to be contained as an event that must occur, because it has already been written as occurred, then something must happen to make it thus. Therefore, acts must be taken, by creating Inforgs the Infosphere has created a way to ensure that its information will always be accurate.
Simply; the Infosphere creates Inforgs to make sure what it knows will happen, will happen.
Some theorize that humans themselves are in fact Inforgs. We are matter (biosphere), we are energy (noosphere), and we are information (infosphere). We do fit the categories for an Inforg, but that does not necessarily make us Inforgs, after all, do we originate from the Infosphere, or are we simply the result of some other power play that the Infosphere knows about, and uses along with its Inforgs? Who can know?
The Infosphere can.