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|Read Book á The Human Phenomenon: A New Edition and Translation of Le phenomene humain by Sarah Appleton-Weber Õ 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 Touch Not the Cat with a Foreword by Brian Swimme The Human Phenomenon by the priest The Charmer’s Box paleontologist The Charmer’s Box: Poetry and geologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin is his book of the Earth Red Roots (Vampire Empire, 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 What to Do Until Love Finds You: The Bestselling Guide to Preparing Yourself for Your Perfect Mate 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 Rizal Beyond the Grave: A Reiteration of the Greatness of the Martyr of Bagumbayan then forward The Velvet Years: Warhol's Factory, 1965-67 through the emergence of life Last Words of Saints and Sinners: 700 Final Quotes from the Famous, the Infamous, and the Inspiring Figures of History the birth of thought and socialization Sineater and the unique mode of human unfolding as humanity covers the whole planet in an entirely new membrane Winters Heat (Omega Boys, the Noosphere 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 I ll start this review by asking How prescient can one person be Completing this book in 1940, de Chardin could not have predicted the Internet, but if you read about his concept of the noosphere, you realize that if he were alive today b 1881 d 1955 he would look at the Internet and say That s it I knew it would be something like that If you read science books and have not yet read Teilhard, you know what you need to do Right or wrong, De Chardin is one of the few scholars who hav I ll start this review by asking How prescient can one person be Completing this book in 1940, de Chardin could not have predicted the Internet, but if you read about his concept of the noosphere, you realize that if he were alive today b 1881 d 1955 he would look at the Internet and say That s it I knew it would be something like that If you read science books and have not yet read Teilhard, you know what you need to do Right or wrong, De Chardin is one of the few scholars who have even attempted to come up with an answer to the unanswerable question what is the goal of evolution Few books I have read attempt to deal with such BIG thoughts And rather than attempt to summarize all his thinking, I ll just try to catalog some of the things that in my opinion he predicted or prefigured in this work The very modern idea of the Anthropocene the idea that the most modern geological era is due to human influence Most recently promoted by Erle Ellis and others around 2012 De Chardin had the scientific creds he was trained as a geologist and paleontologist and worked in China on the then newly discovered Peking Man De Chardin saw The End of Nature coming Bill McKibben, 1989 We humans are in control now we are the main geologic agent, and if an animal species or a forest survives, it s because we allow it to do so We Are Nature, frightening as that may be.De Chardin basically lays out the Gaia hypothesis James Lovelock, Lynn Margulis, Andrew Watson, 1989 Organisms don t just evolve in response to their environment but help shape it Writ large, the earth is evolving into a self regulating organism The analogy of black and white daisies regulating heat aka Daisyworld is an example.When I was in grad school there was much discussion of General Systems Theory, especially Von Bertalanffy s 1968 work of that name All about hierarchy and how the whole is greater than the sum of its parts In particular de Chardin notes the million fold increasing levels of hierarchical complexity from atoms to molecules from molecules to cells from cells to organs from organs to organisms from organisms to brains and from individual human brains to the emerging collective noosphere Some of his thoughts about the rise of the West parallel many of those in Jared Diamond s 1997 work Guns, Germs, and Steel which also parallels a lot of Ellsworth Huntington s 1945 work, Mainsprings of Civilization, minus the racism and heavy dose of environmental determinism of Huntington De Chardin also proposes the idea that nothing can evolve that is not incipient in its precedents An inescapable conclusion is that rocks have feelings and molecules have thoughts Naturally a lot of scientists have no use for his work More on that below He also prefigures many modern ideas such as that there can be no such thing as complete scientific objectivity Teilhard s main thesis, to the extent that it can be summarized in a couple of sentences, is that the divine directed goal of evolution is the creation of a sphere of interconnected human thought that he calls the noosphere Sphere is used in the same sense as atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere The noosphere is a collective interconnected human psyche and it s a humane human psyche dependent upon interconnectedness and caring for each other Human behaviors such as suicide, drugs and isolation are its antithesis So here is a Catholic priest, a Jesuit, writing all this stuff Yet I do not recall a single mention of the word God or Christ in the body of the work Instead he writes of the Omega Point He does talk about how the work relates to Christian doctrine in a postscript Naturally this did not meet with the approval of the Church De Chardin was banned from publishing his work while he was alive and at times was banned from teaching and from writing at all He had an arrangement with friends to publish his work after his death 1955 so this work was published in France in 1955 and translated into English in 1959 Yet, ultimately the work is deeply religious He argues at one point I m paraphrasing don t worry about things like climate change, nuclear war, or a stray asteroid wiping out civilization CAN T HAPPEN The Purpose of cosmogenesis is noogenesis and the Purpose of noogenesis is Christogenesis And, in fact, he writes, you will have a lot less anxiety if you accept this idea that there is a Purpose to all this The reader can see that in writing such things not to mention rocks and molecules having incipient thoughts and feelings mainstream scientists dismissed him as readily as the Church did.I like the fact that de Chardin did not attempt to carefully walk a tightrope between science and religion He said what he had to say and therefore went splat on the sidewalk on both sides of the rope with no apologies Agree, disagree this is one of the most thought provoking books I have read Certainly the noosphere is a concept that deserves thought Will we end up like those grade B sci fi movies shown at 3 00 am brains in jars connected by wires No, because with wi fi we won t need wires Every month it seems we read of a new development connecting thoughts to computer devices for those controlling robotic arms, for example Can it be all that long before we can choose to share our brain waves with others 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 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