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S20C02 Spirit of Fire: The Life, Vision, and Legacy of Teihard de Chardin

This course will teach students about the exemplary life, vision and legacy of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. A paleontologist of the first rank, Jesuit father, mystic, and shining intellect - Teilhard was all this and more, but not necessarily a household name for most. Teilhard died in exile on Easter Sunday in 1955 with only a handful of fellow Jesuits attending his burial. Yet, nearly 65 years following his death, thousands gather around the world to celebrate his life and legacy. Mikhail Gorbachev's notion of prestroika (restructuring) was heavily influenced by Teilhard's thought, and among the terms he coined are cosmogenesis, complexity-consciousness, the noosphere, and the Omega point.

Dave Pruett is Professor Emeritus of applied mathematics at JMU, a former NASA researcher, and author of Reason and Wonder: A Copernican Revolution in Science and Spirit, two chapters of which are devoted to the integrative thought of Teilhard de Chardin. This will be Dave's eighth LLI course.

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