In the whole cosmos, Earth is the only known livable planet. The world has been influenced by the collective activity of life, which includes all bacteria, plants, and animals. Plants, for example, use photosynthesis to boost their survival. The production of oxygen during photosynthesis has altered Earth’s whole function.
As a result, life’s collective activity, known as the biosphere, aids in the transformation of the globe. Now comes the question of whether collective knowledge and action based on such cognition can transform a planet.
What is the purpose of the “Thought Experiment”?
According to the report, the researchers’ self-described “thought experiment” blends current scientific knowledge about the Earth with wider issues about how life transforms a planet.
The researchers examined “planetary intelligence” in the study to generate fresh ideas on how humans may address global challenges such as climate change. Planetary intelligence refers to the concept of cognitive activity on a global scale.
“If we ever want to survive as a species, we must use our intelligence for the greater welfare of the planet,” Frank said in a statement released by the University of Rochester.
What does this signify in terms of human beings?
“We can’t yet communally respond in the best interests of the planet,” said Adam Frank, co-author of the article from the University of Rochester, in a news release. Frank was alluding to human actions in the world that are presently generating dramatic changes, such as climate change, pollution, and resource exploitation.
Such investigations into the Earth’s unseen consciousness, according to Frank, might help people become more responsible in terms of how we treat the world and its plentiful resources. Furthermore, he feels that this will aid humanity in their search for aliens.
Such research, according to the authors, might enable humanity to combine the knowledge needed to endure climate change with the prospect of existence on worlds where “life and intellect emerge.”
How Earth can become A “Mature Technosphere”?
The researchers used four stages of Earth’s history and prospective future in their study to show how planetary intelligence may play a role in humanity’s long-term destiny. According to the study, these stages of development driven by planetary intelligence might be found on any planet in the galaxy that generates life and a sustained technological civilization.