Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (February 17, 2014): The Noosphere


“Man is psychically distinguished from all other animals by the entirely new fact that he not only knows, but knows that he knows. In him, for the first time on earth, consciousness has coiled back upon itself to become thought. To an observer unaware of what it signifies, the event might at first seem to have little importance; but in fact it represents the complete resurgence of terrestrial life upon itself. In reflecting psychically upon itself Life positively made a new start. In a second turn of the spiral, tighter than the first, it embarked for a second time upon its cycle of multiplication, compression and interiorization. This is how the thinking layer of the earth as we know it today, the Noosphere, came rapidly into being.”

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. The Future of Man (Kindle Locations 4502-4508).

About William Ockham

I am a father of two with eclectic interests in theology, philosophy and sports. I chose the pseudonym William Ockham in honor of his contributions to philosophy, specifically Occam's Razor, and its contributions to modern scientific theory. My blog (www.teilhard.com) explores Ignatian Spirituality and the intersection of faith, science and reason through the life and writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (pictured above).
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1 Response to Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (February 17, 2014): The Noosphere

  1. Lynda says:

    I am fond of the line: “he not only knows, but knows that he knows”. This is what distinguishes us from the rest of God’s creation and this means that we have a great responsibility to live with integrity and mercy in God’s created universe. The definition of the Noosphere as “the thinking layer of the earth” is simply stated but contains such depth. Thanks for sharing this.

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