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Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre - Phenomenon of Man - Cells



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Pere Teilhard de Chardin – Phenomenon of Man

Indefinite as are the possible modulations of the fundamental theme; inexhaustible as are the possible modulations of the fundamental theme, inexhaustible as are the various forms it assumes in nature, the cell remains in all cases essentially time to itself … cells seem to resemble one another more as molecules do than as animals do.  We are right to look on them as the first of living forms.   But are we not equally entitled to  view them as the representatives of another state of matter, something as original in its way as the electronic, the atomic, the crystalline or the polymerous?  As a new type of material for a new stage of the universe?

…..... In this cell (at the same time so single, so uniform and so complex) what we have is really the stuff of the universe reappearing once again with all its characteristics – only this time it has reached a higher rung of complexity and thus, by the same stroke .. advanced further into 'consciousness'

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Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre

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