Letters, Jan. 11, 1960

Evolution & Aquinas

Sir: Re your excellent review of The Phenomenon of Man by the late Father Teilhard de Chardin [Dec. 14], it is interesting that this perceptive priest has restated so clearly a number of old ideas: 1) His concept of a "thinking envelope" or"noosphere" surrounding the earth, 2) the evolution of consciousness culminating in self-awareness, 3) the apparent plurality but fundamental unity of everything in a universe held together by an inexorably harmonious binding force (love).

For some years, I, as well as others, have been writing and speaking on precisely these...

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