Was it only yesterday I read this, seems a couple days ago, well in any event I read this, and visited the link, read the content and liked it, thanks for the link, .
In 1961, in the philosophical journal Mind, Medawar reviewed Teilhard’s book. The review is unique in eviscerating both the book and its audience. Medawar begins:
It is a book widely held to be of the utmost profundity and significance … Yet the greater part of it … is nonsense, tricked out with a variety of metaphysical conceits, and its author can be excused of dishonesty only on the grounds that before deceiving others he has taken great pains to deceive himself. The Phenomenon of Man cannot be read without a feeling of suffocation, a gasping and flailing around for sense.
I could really relate to that, in younger years, and especially in Germany and Switzerland, during my three years there, I heard so much stuff that sounded impressive, but actually chew on it, try to live or think it, as philosophized and it fell apart. Besides, I was already cynical, being the guy who had to get back to work, no safety net for me.
And here is a typical incomprehensible paragraph:
Love in all its subtleties is nothing more, and nothing less, than the more or less direct tract marked on the heart of the element by the psychical converge of the universe upon itself.’ ‘Man discovers that he is nothing else than evolution become conscious of itself,’ and evolution is ‘nothing else than the continual growth of. … ‘psychic’ or ‘radial’ energy’. Again, ‘the Christogenesis of St Paul and St John is nothing else and nothing less than the extension … of that noogenesis in which cosmogenesis … culminates.
This may be profound—if only we knew what he was talking about. Medawar also felt this kind of writing appealed to the scientifically illiterate and the credulous. …
Lots to talk about, but it’s a discussion I’d need to spend some time preparing for. That article had many good links. It’s been so long time since I’ve been actively interested me.
So many sources, so little time.