Teilhard and Cosmic Evolution Series, 1 of 8
-Life from dead matter
-Man from animal
-Matter is conscious but requires a high degree of organization to enable it to cross the threshold and manifest itself as consciousness
-Life as universal phenomenon of the complexification of matter
The Law of Complexity Consciousness:
-Besides entropy (energy dissipation)
-Besides expansion (universal unfolding and granulization)
-Besides electrical and gravitational forces of attraction
--There is a perennial current of “interiorizing complexification” that animates the whole mass of things (p33).
There may be a hidden relation between Newtonian gravity of condensation (stars) and the “gravity” of complexification (life) (p33, note).
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Man’s Place in Nature: The Human Zoological Group
Written 1949, Harper’s 1956, English trans 1966