Teilhard and Other Modern Thinkers on Evolution, Mind, and Matter

Teilhard Studies (66):1-22 (2013)

In his The Phenomenon of Man, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin develops concepts of consciousness, the noosphere, and psychosocial evolution. This paper explores Teilhard’s evolutionary concepts as resonant with thinking in psychology and physics. It explores contributions from archetypal depth psychology, quantum physics, and neuroscience to elucidate relationships between mind and matter. Teilhard’s work can be seen as advancing this psychological lineage or psychogenesis. That is, the evolutionary emergence of matter in increasing complexity from sub-atomic particles to the human brain and reflective consciousness leads to a noosphere evolving towards an Omega point. Teilhard’s central ideas provide intimations of a numinous principle implicit in cosmology and the discovery that in and through humanity evolution not only becomes conscious of itself but also directed and purposive.
Keywords noosphere, psychosocial evolution, quantum physics, neuroscience, depth psychology  process theology, noogenesis, psychogenesis, reflective consciousness, directed evolution, God-Omega  evolutionary biology
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