Reintroducing Pierre Teilhard de Chardin to Modern Evolutionary Science

Complexity Digest

David Sloan Wilson

Pierre Teilhard Chardin (1881-1955) developed an evolutionary worldview that was both spiritual and consistent with the scientific knowledge of his day. He has been largely forgotten by modern evolutionary scientists but remains widely read by those who are inspired by his vision of conscious evolution leading to a planetary superorganism. This working paper examines the major tenets of Teilhard’s vision from a modern evolutionary perspective in an effort to integrate “hard” evolutionary science with conscious efforts to manage cultural change.

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