Teilhard de Chardin

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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955)
Paleontologist, Philosopher and Theologian

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D'or, au tilleul arraché de sinople sommé de flammes de gueules et
terrassé du même, au chef d'azur chargé de trois étoiles du champ.

Place du Père Teilhard de Chardin   (Paris IV)

Teilhard de Chardin was born near Clermont-Ferrand (France) on May 1, 1881.  He was educated at Jesuit schools in France and England and he received a doctorate in paleontology from the Sorbonne, in 1922.  His teaching career at the Catholic Institute in Paris was terminated because his views were considered too unorthodox by his hierarchy.

Teilhard engaged in paleontological research in China for almost 20 years  (he belonged to the team which discovered  Peking man).  He envisioned what he called the "noosphere" as a layer of human consciousness surrounding the Earth, a result and an active part of the evolutionary process in the biosphere and a prelude to a higher collective consciousness of a religious nature.

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