The Noosphere and Cosmic Christ: Happy Birthday Teilhard de Chardin
Happy birthday, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (May 1, 1885 – April 10, 1955). Give a listen to this excellent biographical podcast with Ursula King, Andrew Revkin, and David Sloak Wilson.
King: “The human is not finished yet!”
Tippet: “He sees evolution both on a physical… and spiritual… that evolution proceeds towards spirit. Even as he looks towards Peking Man, and see himself as a 21st century human, he imagines future man looking back and seeing a primitive spirituality. He imagines this flowering of consciousness; this evolutionary consciousness.
King: “It’s mind blowing! The whole region of cyberspace… They say Teilhard is the patron saint of the world wide web. He used to say that we will intensify our communication: but what are we doing with it? That’s the big question. We have to create it.”
Though banned from publication in his lifetime, Teilhard’s posthumous writings went on to influence brilliant thinkers in their own right like media theorist Marshall McLuhan, scifi  writer Philip K. Dick, and more recently, Rev. Matthew Fox, Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme, and theologian Elizabeth Johnson‘s ecological thought and “growing forward tradition.”
Read the Mass on the World here.
The Phenomenon of Man.
 In Dan Simmon’s Endymion, a future Catholic pope takes the name Teilhard 1st.
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The Imaginative Generalization of Evolutionary Theory
Here’s a new essay by Matt Segall, PhD candidate at the California Institute of Integral Studies:
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In the case of the connection between evolutionary theory and the new physics, Whitehead’s experiment is to imaginatively generalize Darwin’s specialized concepts of variability, reproduction, and inheritance, such that evolution comes to describe the activity of self-organizing entities at every scale of nature, no longer just the biological. In this sense, as was mentioned earlier, biology becomes the study of the evolution of the larger organisms, while physics becomes the study of the evolution of the smaller organisms.
Originally posted on Psychedelic Press UK:
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In 2003, Glasgow based documentary filmmaker David Graham Scott underwent ibogaine treatment for his long-term opiate addiction. After a single session at a London clinic, the director managed to put an end to his drug dependency. The experience is documented in his autobiographical 2004 film ‘Detox or Die’. This…
“On this day in 1943, chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann first intentionally experienced the psychedelic effects of lysergic acid diethylamide, more commonly known as LSD.”
A different reason to celebrate this weekend.
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Here’s Matt Segall of CIIS talking about techno-culture, Transhumanism and its structural ties with gnosticism. By contrast, perhaps we can take the ancient Christian view that life must be lived “in and through.”
An apt. video for Easter! Happy Easter for all those who celebrate.
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Brian Mclaren, Steve Mcintosh, Bruce Sanguin, Morgan Mckenna, and Ross Hostetter sat down and had a conversation about ‘evolutionary Christianity,’ a developing theological worldview popularized by contemporary authors like Ken Wilber.
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