Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol 15, No 2 (2019)

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The Phenomenon of Man, Revised: Evolution and I.T. versus Extinction in the Years to Come

Paul J. Werbos


In his seminal manifesto, The Phenomenon of Man, Teilhard de Chardin proposed a new vision of humanity and of our destiny, intended to reconcile the core principles of his Catholic beliefs with the core facts proven by science. He fully embraced the fact of biological evolution over billions of years, but proposed that this process of evolution includes the earth as a whole, the "noosphere", as previously described by Vernadsky. He proposed that the omega point prophesied in the Bible refers to that time in the future when we, components or cells of that larger noosphere, become more united, and reach out like a single organism to the larger cosmos.

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