Le phénomène humain

Le ph nom ne humain Pierre Teilhard De Chardin was one of the most distinguished thinkers and scientists of our time He fits into no familiar category for he was at once a biologist and a paleontologist of world renown

  • Title: Le phénomène humain
  • Author: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
  • ISBN: 9782020005814
  • Page: 430
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  • Pierre Teilhard De Chardin was one of the most distinguished thinkers and scientists of our time He fits into no familiar category for he was at once a biologist and a paleontologist of world renown, and also a Jesuit priest He applied his whole life, his tremendous intellect and his great spiritual faith to building a philosophy that would reconcile Christian theology wPierre Teilhard De Chardin was one of the most distinguished thinkers and scientists of our time He fits into no familiar category for he was at once a biologist and a paleontologist of world renown, and also a Jesuit priest He applied his whole life, his tremendous intellect and his great spiritual faith to building a philosophy that would reconcile Christian theology with the scientific theory of evolution, to relate the facts of religious experience to those of natural science.The Phenomenon of Man, the first of his writings to appear in America, Pierre Teilhard s most important book and contains the quintessence of his thought When published in France it was the best selling nonfiction book of the year.

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    1. 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 scho [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 by more recentdevelopments.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 [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. Essential reading for anyone interested in evolution, theology, or philosophy in general. I personally approached it more interested 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 [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. This book changed my view of both religion and science, areas in which Teilhard was expert. His explanation of the convergence of the two over many millenia is breathtaking in its scope and novelty. Reading this book was life-changing for me.

    9. Pierre Teilhard De Chardin in The Phenomenon of Man develops a view of evolution as an enduring and comprehensive process, a three-fold synthesis of the material, physical and the world of the mind and spirit (consciousness; this somewhat reminds me of the development of consciousness via Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit). It is a fascinating read in terms of thinking about the leap(s) and development of human consciousness. Chardin’s Phenomenon of Man views the planet we live on as biosphere [...]

    10. 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 huma [...]

    11. I read this years ago and I remember it blowing my mind. However, I was not as knowledgeable about certain scientific subjects as I am now so I do believe a re reading is in order. I have forgotten most of the book but there are certain images that have stuck with me throughout my life. The idea of evolution being a physical manifestation of the ever increasing complexity of consciousness is one of those ideas. It is definitely a very entertaining read but like all works of man that have to do w [...]

    12. 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 [...]

    13. I wanted to like this book, but unfortunately the author failed to maintain scientific rigour in his conclusions. The author himself suspected he had succumbed to "vain ideology", but he simply hoped it was more than that. It's unfortunate, because had he not fallen into this trap, some of his ideas could have been salvaged using just a bit more scientific discipline. For what its worth, I still enjoyed reading about his ideas, especially since I see pieces of them reflected in modern theories.

    14. I return to Teilhard often to be challenged and enlightened. Sometimes difficult but always worth it

    15. read it 30+ yrs ago. it is still on my bookshelf and comes out to play at irregular intervals. that alone says a lot.

    16. The author--French philosopher, paleontologist, and Jesuit priest--organized this book into three parts that lead into a coherent and revealing picture of the earth. As Julian Huxley expressed in the introduction, Teilhard describes humankind in the evolution toward becoming conscious of itself. My interest is to learn about Pierre Teilhard de Chardin's description of the noosphere--the collective consciousness of humanity in the immersive networks of thought and emotion--borrowed from the Sovie [...]

    17. This book is a tough one. About half of the time one can't help but think: 'what did this guy smoke?', but at the same time it is really quite fascinating. His alternative view of evolution is at times a lot better than the prevailing, reductionist account of it. However, the scientific details both on consciousness and radial and tangential energy do not seem to be accurate (although I am not a physicist, so I'm guessing here), turning the whole story into something of a myth rather than scienc [...]

    18. An extraordinary book by renowned paleontologist and Jesuit priest Teilhard de Chardin, which essentially traces the history of life on planet Earth in order to think about where life might be headed in the future. One of the most captivating aspects of the book is Teilhard's account of the development of consciousness, which evolutionary theory has not thought much about. Teilhard proposes that the growth of external complexity is paralleled by a growth of inward complexity, so that just as mor [...]

    19. As a work of philosophy and speculative non-fiction, it's a superb attempt at trying to ground human development with a basis in hard science. As a work of science, it's amazing how well it holds up, having been written around 1940, when molecular biology, genetic evolution, and cybernetics were all in their infancy. Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World provides a slightly more modern, yet still remarkably consistent, picture of the idea of how evol [...]

    20. The author has very interesting points that definitely make a lot of sense. Since he was both a Jesuit and a scientist, Teilhard De Chardin links spirituality and evolution in a wonderful way. The only problem I had with this book was that some of the author's arguments were stated as intuitive, but actually appeared to me to be counter-intuitive. Some of the ideas were just not bolstered by enough proof, or any proof whatsoever. On a whole, I think this book brings up some astounding points. Th [...]

    21. During the years I encountered many references to this book and its a author. While it's anthropological data seem to much for a casual reader, its hypotheses and conclusions made it worthwhile. It managed to bring up some of the most enduring questions and dilemmas that I struggled with over the years, and it brought interesting new points of view to the table.While I was familliar with the general idea of the book, I was pleasantly surprised by its eloquence and clarity.I am no anthropologist, [...]

    22. The book is best read with a discussion group and commentary from people like Cynthia Bourgeault and Ilia Delio. I and 2 others facilitated an 8 month series based on the work of Teilhard. We used Anne Hillman's book Awakening the Energies of Love and Kathleen Duffy's Teilhard's Mysticism, the essay The Heart of the Matter and a series of DVDs with Ilia Delio. Really getting Teilhard's mysticim takes living into the energies of the evolution of love.

    23. The Patron Saint of the Internet presents his theory ofwell, everything. From the beginning of the universe to its ultimate culmination in the Omega point, Teilhard de Chardin explains the process that is God. Very interesting reading. Wish I were smart enough to fully grasp everything he presents!

    24. The book was important in the first half of the 20th century. Flannery O' Conner liked him. However, I don't think his work will last. His effort to merge modern science and theology is not very strong. His understanding of the physical sciences is far too weak. There will be better efforts that his.

    25. A classic in the philosophy genre by a lauded 20th century thinker. A cornerstone of my library and of my thinking.

    26. The Unifying Evolutionary Drive of Consciousness"The Phenomenon of Man" by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin is an extraordinary visionary book. Written in 1938, it predicted the advent of a so-called Noosphere, a layer of knowledge covering and connecting our planet, which has found a physical expression in the form of today's internet.The book is mostly about paleontology, how life arose from abiotic material and how life evolved to generate man, who in its turn will lead to a convergence of evolutio [...]

    27. Teilhard de Chardin’s ambition is admirable- show that the evolution of human consciousness is the shape and purpose of the history of the universe. To do so he asks some probing questions about why life on this planet has taken the form it has, he uses scientific laws to analyze the early history of the universe and gaps in the scientific record- but he also takes some giant leaps. It seems the kernel of his inspiration and the shape of his system outweighed his need to fully interrogate some [...]

    28. Wouldn't it have been interesting to have heard one of Father de Chardin's homilies?I am not well qualified to weigh in on this book but for me it was stimulating and deep. Does it hold up today, 75 years later, with today's understanding of evolution and cosmology? If only because of the growth of knowledge and the leap of information and communications to the forefront of economic and social change the analysis that applies the principle of evolution to the realm of reflection and thought seem [...]

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