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Although he was a priest, in France he is best known for his work in paleontology, when he was a curator in the Museum of Natural History in Paris He has rendered the subject of evolution easily accessible to all, and his point of view complements that of Darwin in many ways For example His Chapter called The within of Things states the presence of a soul, even for the non livings, which sounds like a common sense to me The chapters The rise of Consciousness and The confluence of Thought Although he was a priest, in France he is best known for his work in paleontology, when he was a curator in the Museum of Natural History in Paris He has rendered the subject of evolution easily accessible to all, and his point of view complements that of Darwin in many ways For example His Chapter called The within of Things states the presence of a soul, even for the non livings, which sounds like a common sense to me The chapters The rise of Consciousness and The confluence of Thoughts echo what Jung had confirmed independently.It may sound like an intellectual read, but it s not His modesty comes across all through [[ Free E-pub ]] ↡ The Human Phenomenon: A New Edition and Translation of Le phenomene humain by Sarah Appleton-Weber ⇬ A New Edition and Translation of Le ph nom ne humain by Sarah Appleton Weber, with a Foreword by Brian Swimme The Human Phenomenon by the priest, paleontologist, and geologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin is his book of the Earth, a discovery and an epic journey to open the way out for humanity in a time of world conflict and to release the spirit of the Earth As Virgil led Dante, so Teilhard guides his reader back in space time to experience the birth of our planet as it emprisons the human future in its globe and motion, then forward, through the emergence of life, the birth of thought and socialization, and the unique mode of human unfolding as humanity covers the whole planet in an entirely new membrane, the Noosphere This book intends to describe the past and future evolutionof life Many of the scientific concepts expressed in thefirst half of the book have been superseded byrecentdevelopments.For me, the main interesting concept in the book is the assertion that human consciousness is an aspect of evolution Also that evolution has a goal, i.e the increasingcomplexity of human consciousness called noosphere whichwill culminate in the final super humanized form p 259 which the author calls the Om This book intends to describe the past and future evolutionof life Many of the scientific concepts expressed in thefirst half of the book have been superseded byrecentdevelopments.For me, the main interesting concept in the book is the assertion that human consciousness is an aspect of evolution Also that evolution has a goal, i.e the increasingcomplexity of human consciousness called noosphere whichwill culminate in the final super humanized form p 259 which the author calls the Omega point.Since the author was trained as a priest, it would have beenhelpful if he had given insight as to why how religionplays such a large part in human consciousness Teilhard de Chardin was both a Jesuit priest and a paleontologist He found that his scientific work supported his beliefs as a priest His argument is of a stunning simplicity 1 matter organizes itself towards life 2 life organizes itself towards Christ 3 earthly matter has only transformed itself into living matter once and no longer does so 4 man cannot repeat the original transformation of matter into life in a laboratoryThe implication of this is that the evolution of life on this plan Teilhard de Chardin was both a Jesuit priest and a paleontologist He found that his scientific work supported his beliefs as a priest His argument is of a stunning simplicity 1 matter organizes itself towards life 2 life organizes itself towards Christ 3 earthly matter has only transformed itself into living matter once and no longer does so 4 man cannot repeat the original transformation of matter into life in a laboratoryThe implication of this is that the evolution of life on this planet is a divine process as much as it is a natural process In spite of the three star rating, I do think this book is absolutely worth reading, and reading again Chardin was an ordained Jesuit priest, but also a trained paleontologist who worked with the team that discovered the Peking Man fossils so just from those factors alone, the book is a must read He offers a picture against both an atheist or, on the other side of the spectrum, a pantheistic perspective of evolution The coherency of a world with a personalising God is something I do agree In spite of the three star rating, I do think this book is absolutely worth reading, and reading again Chardin was an ordained Jesuit priest, but also a trained paleontologist who worked with the team that discovered the Peking Man fossils so just from those factors alone, the book is a must read He offers a picture against both an atheist or, on the other side of the spectrum, a pantheistic perspective of evolution The coherency of a world with a personalising God is something I do agree with That science and faith do not necessarily conflict with one another is something I also, from the limited scope of my search, agree with But how he gets there did not leave me convinced From what I understand, his main thought goes something like this Evolution has been proven and he accepts it As things have developed, they have evolved both radially and interiorly The pressure from the outward expansion created a downward pressure that caused movement to double back upon itself, resulting in the interior rise of consciousness and complexity Evolution is goal directed towards an outward movement towards the perfect, and at the same time inwardly towards complexity which all culminates in what he calls an Omega Point I confess to not having studied science very much, but as far as I know, there is not much to back this up He also confesses that the problem of evil poses, well, a problem, but offered no solution to how free will determinism and evil play out in his picture His defense for skipping over this was simply that it was too complex to be addressed in a work that was trying to offer a picture of homogeneity At least he is honest Ultimately, this was a very interesting read and is something I will have to come back to after I learn , but for now, three stars This was great reading in the first and third parts of the book though the middle almost killed me with its technicality In the early 20th century, Pierre Teilhard became a forerunner in integrating evolution with a theistic worldview, but the greatest import of his work was that he took a dead eye shot at predicting where naturalistic evolution was heading Advancing beyond mere rosy humanism, Teilhard fervently believed in the eons long progress of hominization the coming to being of humanity This was great reading in the first and third parts of the book though the middle almost killed me with its technicality In the early 20th century, Pierre Teilhard became a forerunner in integrating evolution with a theistic worldview, but the greatest import of his work was that he took a dead eye shot at predicting where naturalistic evolution was heading Advancing beyond mere rosy humanism, Teilhard fervently believed in the eons long progress of hominization the coming to being of humanity He expresses god like patience by saying, After all, half a million years, perhaps even a million, were required for life to pass from the pre hominids to modern man should we now start wringing our hands because, less than two centuries after glimpsing a higher state, modern man is still at war with himself This seems to be the real crux of the book The spiraling paths of progress may not advance much in our lifetime, but the history of life in the universe has shown that progress is all the history of biological development has ever revealed Speculate rather, how can there NOT be progress unless life ceases to be altogether We have no precedent for progress NOT being made in some corner of the universe And while this development may appear to leave some species behind while focusing on a tiny growing tip of the universe, Teilhard develops the idea early that nothing in the universe is really detached from anything else If we can accept that proposition, which he spends some time in constructing, then we can accept seeing or being an ostensibly forgotten tail, while the rest moves ahead Absolutely no pun intended.Teilhard writes to buttress hope in a secret complicity between the infinite and the infinitesimal to warm, nourish and sustain to the very end the consciousness that has emerged between the two It is upon this complicity that we must depend Teilhard marvels at this complicity what is it that causes objects in space, big and small, to attract to each other He theorizes somewhat courageously that even the basic attraction of objects in the universe towards each other, to which we apply the name of gravity, is a type of materially evidenced love This may sound romantic and completely absurd to our western sensibility, but as Dr Sten Odenwald, astronomer at NASA s Goddard Spaceflight Center, stated on his website astronomycafe.net in reply to a question about our knowledge of gravity, We don t really understand ANYTHING about our physical world at the deepest level, such as why does gravity exist Why couldn t love, enlarged to subsume the law of mutual attraction that binds the universe together, seek also the unification and concord of human spirits Would that really pose a problem in a cohesive theory of physical relational life To assume that love is merely an emotion, and that humanity is so different a phenomenon as the rest of nature, is to miss the mark Teilhard boldly reasons, The only universe capable of containing the human person is an irreversibly personalizing universe And so the universe is, eo ipso, irreversibly personal Shouldn t that logically establish that human love has its root in a larger universal principle that has always existed, like everything else, from the beginning, in what Teilhard calls an obscure and primordial way Teilhard s conception of an Omega Point of absolute human union globalized love is entirely pertinent in our culture of social networking It represents the acme of human connections relationship to the nth degree in what he calls the noosphere mind sphere , a matrix of highly concentrated and involuted communication or inter thinking as Julian Huxley put it in the intro Modern globalization may be bringing us closer in the next century to Teilhard s reckoning quicker than he could have imagined When he adduced that totalized love would be impossible to envision by mere rational projection, it suddenly struck me, by all the signs of instant communication and complex social networking, as very possible indeed Distance doesn t dilute dreams only our grasp of them Once again, doesn t all human progress signify the eventual emergence evolution of a perfect union A universal love is not only psychologically possible it is the only complete and final way in which we are able to love This seems to me what we all want, what is woven into our religions and our highest technological scientific aspirations, and yet some will laugh at it as if it was a silly dream But nature has taught us to hope.His views on the awakening human mind and self awareness were certainly intriguing I ve always thought that the idea of a universe groping towards consciousness and unified fulfillment through eons of evolutive progress is very romantic The impression isn t necessarily that God is waking up through a pantheistic becoming , but that the mind of God is somehow imprinted and bound together with the material psychical world while extending beyond it panentheism The goal of awakening and full being is included in his Omega Point I was a little disappointed with the chapter The Christian Phenomenon , which seemed to toss his original ideas and intellectual tour de force into the catch all, domestic doctrines of orthodox Catholicism It was as if he was offering something truly novel, only to conclude with a unworthy bow, The Church was right all along Uh, bait and switch anyone Of course, knowing the history of Teilhard s censorship by the church, this contriteness may have been what got the book in print after all Now, I understand Teilhard s trying to harmonize the symbolic content of religion with the flat data of science, but I m pretty sure his work a day science did a good enough job paying tribute to his religious beliefs, possibly outstripping them a tad By his own admission, his ideas weren t meant to be taken as strictly science, but rather an interiorisation of matter , even leading some to wonder if he had been leading them through facts, through metaphysics, or through dreams To which I think Teilhard would cheerily reply, Yes Criticizing any claim to pure objectivity he reminds us, There is less difference than people think between research and adoration I have a feeling that the thoughts and ideas introduced and reinforced by this book will be with me for a while Theit sits with me, theit makes a deeper change As with every book I read, if you would like a copy of a few pages of great lines from the book, send me a message and I ll get it to you It s great fodder for thought and discussion Essential reading for anyone interested in evolution, theology, or philosophy in general I personally approached itinterested in its spiritual concepts, so I found a fair portion of the middle of the text rather slow and inaccessible due to its focus on the scientific specifics of evolution details that are probably outdated today anyway, which doesn t help But there are enough interesting lines, images, and trains of thought throughout to make the whole read worthwhile, and the last t Essential reading for anyone interested in evolution, theology, or philosophy in general I personally approached itinterested in its spiritual concepts, so I found a fair portion of the middle of the text rather slow and inaccessible due to its focus on the scientific specifics of evolution details that are probably outdated today anyway, which doesn t help But there are enough interesting lines, images, and trains of thought throughout to make the whole read worthwhile, and the last third of the book in particular gets into some really interesting if brazenly biased spiritual territory.In my opinion, Teilhard is at his best when he explores overtly the spiritual reality of mankind, describing it with a sense of optimism and purpose while couching it in the evolutionary framework that he presents and, to be fair, that is essentially the crux of the entire book, it just gets lost in the mix at times Even when he wears his Christianity on his sleeve which, while definitely a flaw in his otherwise fairly comprehensive system of thought, is kind of cute , it is apparent that he has nothing but the best at heart for his species a sense of spiritual well being and a connection with something greater i.e The Omega Point in this case a head scratcher of a notion, but it almost seems like one of thereasonable albeit still arbitrary defenses for Jesus as the divine entering into the world that I ve heard Much like Kierkegaard, Teilhard what s with these ard guys anyway constructs a wildly intriguing system of ideas around his faith system, and in doing so gets at some really important truths while completely missing out on others.I would recommend this book with the qualification that recent integral philosophers present atenable approach to its key points i.e the within of things, evolution as increasing consciousness, etc and acomprehensive view of evolution in general Well written, intellectual, but wrong book.De Chardin tried to connect the unconnected things Christianity, naturalism, pantheism and nietzscheanism.Allegedly, evolution and natural selection have led to the birth of men In turn, men can become supermen and create the God by a method of merging.The author makes extremely doubtful assumptions.For example, an initial substance supposedly has a consciousness or spirit and this has led to the emergence of life In addition, de Chardin ignores m Well written, intellectual, but wrong book.De Chardin tried to connect the unconnected things Christianity, naturalism, pantheism and nietzscheanism.Allegedly, evolution and natural selection have led to the birth of men In turn, men can become supermen and create the God by a method of merging.The author makes extremely doubtful assumptions.For example, an initial substance supposedly has a consciousness or spirit and this has led to the emergence of life In addition, de Chardin ignores many facts In particular, natural selection reinforces the existing norm, and doesn t lead to the perfection development of life.Random mutations lead to degradation and death and not to the development.Human nature is depraved and puny especially in comparison with the scale and age of the Universe.Two Stars I ve known Teilhard de Chardin s name and influence even long before I became interested in religion myself, and this book was a long time in coming And a long time in finishing, it just didn t woo me.His prose is stronger than his argument His science is not up to modern standards, but nor in many ways his own What continuously bothered me was how often he resorts to normative statements, analogies between unrelated things and such to make both scientific and theological claims Yes, evoluti I ve known Teilhard de Chardin s name and influence even long before I became interested in religion myself, and this book was a long time in coming And a long time in finishing, it just didn t woo me.His prose is stronger than his argument His science is not up to modern standards, but nor in many ways his own What continuously bothered me was how often he resorts to normative statements, analogies between unrelated things and such to make both scientific and theological claims Yes, evolution resembles a tree if you graph it on paper but that does not make it a tree.All in all, very proto New Age stuff to me Fanciful analogy I don t dislike his attempt at a synthesis or a grand scope of things, only the result It is a tragedy that Teilhard de Chardin was not allowed to publish or teach his ideas in his lifetime His work is so steeped in a deep understanding of paleontology and evolutionary biology that it holds up remarkably well today, even if the sections of this book that deal with those particular topics seem very dated His scientific background is really just a support for this book s philosophical theological core, and that is the other thing that makes this book so striking if you knew nothi It is a tragedy that Teilhard de Chardin was not allowed to publish or teach his ideas in his lifetime His work is so steeped in a deep understanding of paleontology and evolutionary biology that it holds up remarkably well today, even if the sections of this book that deal with those particular topics seem very dated His scientific background is really just a support for this book s philosophical theological core, and that is the other thing that makes this book so striking if you knew nothing of its background, you wouldn t realize you were reading the work of a Jesuit until Book 4, a few hundred pages in Regardless of what you may believe religiously or know scientifically, this is deep thinking on human evolution that will challenge and inspire any reader