In the story there is a lot of discussion about the Collective consciousness of mankind and the collective consciousness of the Earth or “Gaia” as it is also known. There is plenty of scientific evidence and information to support these theories, however, I was particularly inspired by the works of paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Phenomenon of Man (1959) and the Future of Man (1964) and Oliver Reiser in his book Cosmic Humanism (1966).
They coined the word “Noosphere” which I do not use in the book but it is this concept that was behind it.
The Noosphere – literally, “mind-sphere” or Earth’s mental sheathe – is a word and concept jointly coined by Jules le Roi, French philosopher and student of Henri Bergson, Jesuit paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and Russian geochemist, Vladimir Vernadsky, in Paris, 1926.
Here is a link to more information on The concept of The Noosphere http://www.lawoftime.org/noosphere/theoryandhistory.html