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Chapter 8: The Emergence of Consciousness in Biological Evolution and Quantum Reality

Lothar Schäfer

in Teilhard and the Future of Humanity

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780823226900
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237098 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823226900.003.0008
Chapter 8: The Emergence of Consciousness in Biological               Evolution and Quantum Reality

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This chapter examines Pierre Teilhard de Chardin's view on the emergence of consciousness in biological evolution and quantum reality. There are three aspects of physical reality that provide an important framework for the vision of Teilhard de Chardin, which had no basis in the outgoing mechanistic-materialistic worldview of the science of his time. These aspects of physical reality include the nonmaterial basis of the material world, the indivisible and non-separable wholeness nature of reality and the consciousness properties of quantum entities.

Keywords: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin; consciousness; biological evolution; quantum reality; physical reality

Chapter.  8237 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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