Pierre Teilhard de Chardin  

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"The history of the living world can be summarized as the elaboration of ever more perfect eyes within a cosmos in which there is always something more to be seen.”--Pierre Teilhard de Chardin cited in Expanded Cinema (1970) by Gene Youngblood

"Only the fantastic is likely to be true at the cosmic level."--Pierre Teilhard de Chardin cited in Expanded Cinema (1970) by Gene Youngblood

"The age of nations is past, the task before us now, if we would not perish, is to build the earth."-- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1 May 1881 – 10 April 1955) was a French Jesuit priest, scientist, paleontologist, theologian, philosopher and teacher. He was Darwinian in outlook and the author of several influential theological and philosophical books.

He took part in the discovery of Peking Man. He conceived the vitalist idea of the Omega Point. With Vladimir Vernadsky he developed the concept of the noosphere.

In 1962, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith condemned several of Teilhard's works based on their alleged ambiguities and doctrinal errors. Some eminent Catholic figures, including Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, have made positive comments on some of his ideas since. The response to his writings by scientists has been mostly critical.

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