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Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre - Phenomenon of Man - Aggregation and function



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Pere Teilhard de Chardin – Phenomenon of Man

At an early stage of their discoveries, biologists were surprised and fascinated by the fact that living beings, however perfect their spontaneity, were always decomposable into an endless chain of closed mechanisms.  From this they thought they could deduce universal materialism.  But they overlooked the essential difference between a natural whole and the elements into which it is analysed.

By its very construction, it is true, every organism is always and inevitably reducible into its component parts.  But it by no means follows that the sum of the parts is the same as the whole, or that, in the whole, some specifically new value may not emerge.

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Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre

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