Teilhard de Chardin Pierre - Toward the Future

Author : Teilhard de Chardin Pierre
Title : Toward the Future
Year : 1965

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FOREWORD. As a student of the phenomenon of man, Teilhard de Chardin constandy refused to see in rdlective consciousness a mere epiphenomenon, a mere accident thrown up by nature, unrelated to the underlying structure of our universe. He was, on the contrary, at pains to integrate this 'redoubtable phenomenon which has revolutionized the earth and is commensurate with the world'1 into the general structure of the world, and to disclose its origins, through the tentative gropings of evolution, in the very texture of primitive matter. In Teilhard's view, reflective consciousness was by no means what Professor Jacques Monod would have us believe, an anomaly or a secondary phenomenon in nature: it was a central phenomenon, revealing with peculiar clarity the mysterious forces contained in matter. With Sir John Eccles, the great brain specialist and 1963 Nobel Prize winner, he might weil have said: 'My philosophical position is diametrically opposite to those who would relegate conscious experience to the meaningless role of an epiphenomenon. ...

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