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



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Pere Teilhard de Chardin – Phenomenon of Man

[the progress of evolution]  reveals itself once the universe is thought of as passing from 'state A' characterised by a very large number of very simple material elements (that is to say, with a very poor 'within') to 'state B' defined by a smaller number of very complex groupings (that is to say with a much richer 'within').

In state A, the centres of consciousness, because they are extremely numerous and extremely loose at the same time, only reveal themselves by overall effects which are subject to the laws of statistics.  Collectively, that is, they obey the laws of mathematics.  This is the proper field of physics and chemistry.

In state B, on the other hand, these less numerous and at the same time more highly individualised elements gradually escape from the slavery of large numbers.  They allow their basic non measurable spontaneity to break through and reveal itself.  We can begin to see them and follow them one by one, and in so doing we have access to the world of biology.

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Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre

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