The “cognisphere” is defined as the totality of all information captured, stored and processed by living beings in the context of cognitive processes. The cogniphere is thus defined as the totality of information that manifests itself in the context of cognitive processes.
The word component of the “sphere” indicates the idea that a phenomenon spans the earth, as if it were a shell. Thus the “cognisphere” is juxtaposed with the “infosphere”, the “entisphere” and the classical spheres pertinent to the natural sciences such as the geosphere, the biosphere, the lithosphere and the atmosphere.
The term “Cognisphere” was coined in the context of the “Digital Era Framework” which was introduced to describe digital transformation. Four spheres are distinguished in this classification model to describe the transition to the digital information society triggered by digitalization in the context of digital change and digital transformation. The cogniphere appears next to the entisphere on the one hand and the analog infosphere and the digital infosphere on the other.
Ethymology: The term “Cognisphere” was coined by combining the words “cognition” and “sphere”. In academic terminology, the word “sphere” is used to summarize related phenomena at a high level of abstraction and to designate a superordinate classification. The word “sphere” derives from the ancient Greek word “sphaira”, which has the meaning “ball” or “shell”. It entered the English language via the Latin word “sphaera”. The English word “Cognition” is of Latin origin and goes back to the Latin verb “cognoscere” with the meaning “recognize”, “experience”. The word cognition is used in everyday language with different meanings. Here it is recurred to its broad meaning in the sense of the totality of the processes of information processing of a human or living being, as well as the abilities enabling these processes and their mental results. These include, for example, attention, orientation, perception, introspection, memory, learning, creativity, imagination, problem solving, planning, argumentation. The mental results include knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, expectations, will. The cogniphere is defined on the basis of this broad concept of cognition as the totality of information that manifests itself in the context of cognitive processes.
Definition: The “Cognisphere” is the totality of all information acquired, stored and processed by living beings in the context of cognitive processes.
Adjectives: Belonging to the cognisphere can be expressed with the adjective “congispheral”. If a process takes place entirely within the cognisphere, this can be indicated with the adjectives “intracognispheral” or “endocognispheral”. The adjectives “extracognispheral” or “exokognispheral”, on the other hand, state that an event takes place completely outside the sphere of Cognis. If an interspheral process begins or ends in the cognisphere, the adjectives “extrocognispheral” or “introcongispheral” can be used. However, if both the beginning and the end lie beyond the cognisphere, the interspheral process takes a “transcognispheral” course.