Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Evolution as Complexification:

Teilhard and Cosmic Evolution Series, 2 of 8

The Curve of Life and Complexity:

On the chart (p22), Teilhard plots the size of things, from an electron to the universe, against complexity, by number of atoms.

The chart corresponds to a cosmic evolution where the movement does not slow down but accelerates into more advanced forms of arrangement (p22). There is “the vitality of a sap whose pressure seems to rise rather than drop with the passage of time” (p77).

[--Kurzweil’s exponential growth of technology--]

-Universal expansion from infinitesimal to immense

-Universal folding in and centering upon itself

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Man’s Place in Nature: The Human Zoological Group

Written 1949, Harper’s 1956, English trans 1966

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